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Charles Steelman

Charles is a second year Masters student in the MSRED program.

Prior to MIT, Charles spent five years as a commercial real estate advisor with Studley in Washington, DC. In that position, Charles represented firms in over three million square feet of lease and purchase/sale transactions. Operating in both the public and private sectors, his clients included Accenture, Covington & Burling, Exelon, FBI, GSA, National Public Radio, The Washington Post and WilmerHale. Such transactions received accolades from the Washington Business Journal and GWCAR including Broker of the Year and multiple Leasing Transactions of the Year awards.
After Studley, Charles joined Fundrise as an early member of the real estate team and assisted the crowdfunding startup with origination and underwriting of new development projects. More recently, Charles worked with Lendlease in New York City to rewrite their development strategy, underwrite new land acquisitions and provide project management support for a $500m luxury condo tower designed by Rafael Viñoly on Fifth Avenue in NoMad.
At MIT, Charles has focused his attention on the financial/economic, legal, design and technology aspects of the real estate industry. His research focuses on advanced financial modeling and forecasting techniques using big data and machine learning as well as evaluating the impact that technology and innovation will have on the real estate market.
Charles serves as Teaching Assistant to David Geltner’s Real Estate Finance and Investments course, President of the MIT Sloan Real Estate Club, Vice President of the AACRE (Alumni Association), and Chair of the 2016 MIT Case Competition. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from New York University.