Executive Vice President and Group Head
Based in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, Susan Mello heads Walker & Dunlop’s entire Capital Markets platform. Ms. Mello brings over 28 years of experience in real estate investments and joint ventures, and she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s structured debt and equity transactions through a wide range of capital sources.
Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, Ms. Mello served as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at PGIM Real Estate where she oversaw a series of U.S. multi-product closed end equity funds, with direct responsibility for capital raising, investment strategy, portfolio construction and investment selection. During her time at PGIM Real Estate, Ms. Mello held a variety of roles in transactions, portfolio, and asset management, and was directly involved in the structuring, negotiation, and management of more than $5 billion of value-add investments. Prior to PGIM, Ms. Mello was a partner at McCarter & English, LLP law firm where she worked extensively on structuring real estate investments and joint ventures on behalf of owners.
Ms. Mello earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from Rutgers University, an LLM in taxation from New York University, and a JD with high honors from Rutgers University School of Law. She is a member of the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC); the Urban Land Institute (ULI), where she is on the leadership team for Urban Development and Mixed Used Council, Gold; the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); and the tax policy committee of the Real Estate Roundtable. Ms. Mello is also active in diversity and inclusion efforts within the industry and is a member of NMHC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, as well as the Steering Committee for KPMG's Women in Real Estate.