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Our team

Meet the Landed executive team.

Jonathan Asmis

CEO & Co-Founder

Leadership

Jonathan Asmis

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CEO & Co-Founder

Jonathan is a former strategy consultant and engineer who expects more from finance. His experience includes stints at Accenture – where he worked on projects across health, nonprofit, and retail industries – as well as Tesla Motors and Sanofi Pasteur. Jonathan holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Engineering from the University of Toronto as well as an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

What should people know about your hometown?
Toronto is one of the most diverse places in the world – over half the city was born outside of Canada.

What life experience would you say defines you best?
Attending public schools from age 4 - 23. Through public school, I met and connected with some of the most incredible people from all socioeconomic worlds. It forced me to face how lucky I was (and still am) to have the opportunities that I do.

Alex Lofton

President & Co-Founder

Leadership

Alex Lofton

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President & Co-Founder

Alex's entrepreneurial journey started long before he ever knew the concept of a business plan. In fact, he did not realize it at the time, but his earliest experiences in childhood gave him the background and understanding of a problem (and how to solve it) that would lead Alex down the entrepreneurial path. Alex has since served in leadership positions at numerous social enterprises and technology start-ups in D.C., London, and San Francisco.

Alex is a proud product of Bellevue Public Schools in his native Washington state; he believes in the productive potential of design, compassion, and digital technology. He worked as a member of Barack Obama's field team in 2007 and 2008, managing hundreds of paid staff who organized thousands of volunteers for the then-Senator's successful presidential primary and general election campaigns. Alex then served as a Founding Regional Director of Obama for America – the political mobilization wing of the Democratic National Committee – until 2010.

Alex got his start in real estate at real estate developer Forest City (now Brookfield Properties). He holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Alex splits his time between his native Seattle and Landed’s headquarters in San Francisco, and he and his husband spend their decompression time outdoors, on the dance floor, or playing the “funcles” (fun-uncles) role.

What was your first paying job?
I was a swamper at a restaurant in Seattle starting when I was 15. I took dirty dishes from bussers and organized them for the dishwashers.

 

What don't most people guess is true about you?
I've been a huge fan of planes, trains and automobiles my entire life. I try to keep the 8-year-old in me alive whenever possible...

Angie Kearns

Brokerage

Brokerage

Angie Kearns

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Brokerage

Angie is determined and driven to ensure that people in marginalized and disenfranchised communities receive equitable treatment when it comes to real estate and life. A pivotal time in Angie’s life was in 1995, when as a daycare center owner and commercial property lessee, she was forced to relocate her business. She had a lease agreement that did not protect her from retaining possession of the property because of eminent domain and significant monetary loss. Despite these unforeseen challenges, Angie’s commitment to providing quality daycare led her to purchase a home and transition her business into a home-based group daycare center. Yet again, she found herself in another real estate transaction that did not fully protect her interests. 

 

It did not take Angie long to realize the one constant in both transactions - she was the only minority party. Feelings of inequities and isolation in these transactions, along with considerable economic loss, fueled Angie’s determination to increase her real estate knowledge. Through tribulation comes triumph. Angie’s losses helped her gain the resilience and tenacity to change careers and became a real estate agent and broker. The primary objective of becoming a real estate agent was to protect other minorities from unfair treatment, and the lack of knowledge in matters related to real estate. In August 2019, Angie was introduced to Landed. The opportunity to become the principal broker at Landed aligned with her mission to empower others to build generational wealth through real estate, while being of service as an agent/broker, especially to marginalized communities.

 

Angie Kearns is a native Philadelphian, a divorced single parent of two, and a Georgia resident of more than 20 years.

How do you like to spend your time outside of work?

I love spending my time listening to live music, experiencing nature, going on family outings, watching a sunrise/set and reading.

 

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Belize and Africa. Belize is a place that saturates me with love. The beautiful water and people refresh me upon every visit. Africa is a place that I have visited. It's taught me a lot about my origin and why I'm crafted the way that I am, physically and spiritually.

Année Kim

Capital Markets

Année Kim

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Capital Markets

Année is responsible for guiding portfolio construction and asset management of the investment portfolio as well as business development activities of the Fund. She joined the Landed team on January 11, 2021. Année has over 30 years of experience in capital markets and asset management, including distressed investment, real estate, structured credit, and systematic fixed income quantitative strategies. She has raised significant capital for asset management firms, including Strategic Value Partners, Dune Real Estate and Axonic Capital.

Fun fact about your hometown:
Seoul has one of the highest per capita number of restaurants, and on weekends it’s typical for group of friends to go out for an early dinner (il-cha) before bar hopping then have another meal (yee-cha) before going home.

 

What do you enjoy outside of work?
I love spending time with friends and family planning meals, cooking and eating. I also love the outdoors and reading.

Cristol Rippe

Marketing

Customer Experience

Cristol Rippe

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Marketing

Cristol is responsible for enterprise partnerships and marketing, driving awareness of and interest in Landed both through employers and direct to eligible homebuyers. Cristol has over 20 years of experience in marketing and strategy across B2B and B2C organizations. Most recently, she helped establish and scale Root Insurance from Series A to IPO.

What does home mean to you? 

Belonging and family.

 

Fun fact about your hometown. 

Hays, KS. Was once the home of the largest herd of bison in North America, estimated to be in the milllions

James Cleveland

People & Culture

People & Culture

James Cleveland

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People & Culture

James knows what it takes to build high-impact teams and engaged cultures in ground-breaking mission-driven organizations. He has held leadership roles in a variety of positions, including strategic growth, fundraising, and operations and talent development at leading high-growth high-impact organizations.

 

Prior to joining Landed, James successfully served in executive level leadership roles at Guild Education, the Entangled Group, Reading Partners, College Track, Aspire Public Schools, and the Stupski Foundation, resulting in a 20+ year track record of achieving strategic growth through operations and talent development in nationally-focused education organizations. Additionally, James co-founded InsideTrack, a nationally recognized Student Success company, and was instrumental in growing Jumpstart, a national pre-K literacy organization, from 35 employees to over 200 employees and raising the organization’s value from $6 million to $18 million through his strategic and operational leadership.

 

James holds a B.S. from Stanford University, where he met the women of his dreams... which he figured out a mere 20 years later. They are finally married with two amazing, strong girls who keep them busy with school, games, sports, and the great outdoors.

What do you do outside of work?
Some of my hobbies include my children's sports teams, Ted Lasso, reading, snowboarding, hiking, visiting state and national parks. 

 

Why did you decide to join Landed?
I have focused my career on scaling social impact by helping visionary leaders operationalize great ideas to ensure meaningful double bottom-line results. I am coming to Landed because of the commitment to social impact, readiness to scale, and amazing opportunity to invest more in people & culture.

Kathy Denning

Operations

Customer Experience

Kathy Denning

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Operations

Kathy's career has been in mobility and real estate—industries she was attracted to due to her personal experience moving internationally as a child. Her career has focused on business development including securing new accounts, developing existing accounts, implementing innovative ways to leverage technology to drive business, and creating sales enhancement and development programs for employees and independent contractors. She was attracted to Landed's core values of acting with humility and finding what's fair. Her greatest joy at work is helping people around her grow and succeed. She received her Bachelor's in English Literature at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN, and her MBA from Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA. She has lived in Canada, the US, Scotland, Singapore, Malaysia, and Sweden. She loves kayaking, collecting fishing lures, and fiber arts. 

What does "home" mean to you?

Home is a place where I can surround myself with art and beautiful objects that make me happy. I can fill my home with delicious smells like coffee, turkey, and spinach pie. I can have hand-made quilts in every room and paint the walls colors that are soothing. It's a place where I can be entirely myself, where I can act silly, where I can laugh loudly, where I can cry and where I'm always accepted and loved. Home is the best place in the world to be. 

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a little girl, I wanted to grow up to be a cowboy. Not a cowgirl because they did boring events like the barrel race. Cowboys had all the excitement and danger. 

Krishna Rao

Data & Analytics

Research and Development

Krishna Rao

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Data & Analytics

An economist by training and optimist by nature, Krishna remains a believer in the promise of technology and data to harness the power of private markets for the public good and help give people the tools they need to live better lives. 

 

Prior to Landed Krishna was an executive at Zillow where amongst other things he led teams across data science, machine learning, engineering and product management focused on home valuations (like the Zestimate), and creating new ways to buy and sell homes.  

 

Krishna has also served on the Census Department's Scientific Advisory Committee advising the Bureau on the uses of novel statistical techniques and worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York at the start of the global financial crisis, which set him on his journey to help build markets that work better for more people. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and BAs in Economics and Math from Columbia University.  

 

After chasing each other across the country, he and his wife have settled down in Seattle, where now most of their chasing is after their two young boys.

What does home mean to you and why?
What home means to me is constantly evolving and changing. For right now, home is the place where I want to make as many memories as possible. It is the delicious scent of dinner in the oven, the wonderful sight of my kids racing around the house, and the annoying sound of the Encanto soundtrack on the fifth play through.

 

Why Landed?
We have the opportunity to create new services and products to make the financial system work better for essential professionals and truly uphold those who uphold us, while at the same time helping create the communities we need across the country. What could be more compelling than that?

Linda Turner

Finance

Corporate

Linda Turner

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Finance

California born and raised, Linda has always loved numbers. Landed is her fourth startup, and she has experiencing in both banking and mortgages. She holds two bachelors, in Political Science and Economics, from UC San Diego and an MBA from UC Irvine.
What does home mean to you?
To me, home is where you’re surrounded by the people you love.

What do you enjoy outside of work? 
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling and spending time with friends. I’ve been to 19 countries, most recently visiting South Africa to volunteer at a rhino preserve.
 
Why Landed?
Landed brings together not only my work experience but also my passion and belief in building generational wealth through home ownership. I have seen and experienced the benefits of home ownership and am excited to helps others do the same. 

Mark Foong

Engineering

Research and Development

Mark Foong

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Engineering

Prior to joining Landed, Mark held many senior engineering leadership positions at various tech companies. Recently, he was the Senior Director of Engineering at PayScale, where he managed the B2B Engineering Teams and led the building of their platform product. Before joining PayScale, Mark was a Senior Director of Engineering at ProQuest for 12 years, leading development of core content and management systems used in EdTech, while leading a global distributed team across 4 continents.

 

Mark joined HouseValues in 2002 and was the core Engineer that helped build their CRM tool, which helped grow the company from a small startup to IPO.

 

He holds a Computer Science Degree from the National University of Singapore.

Your favorite word and why?
I actually have 3 words. Patience, Persistence and Perseverance. I call them the 3 Ps. Too often, when people don’t see results immediately, they get discourage and give up. These 3 words often describes how I got to successful outcomes. When executing, you need patience for your plan to come to fruition. You need to be persistent, not stubborn, against obstacles and failures. Lastly, you need to maintain perseverance, steadfastness despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

What does home mean to you?
As everyone says, house is a physical structure and home is a place of belonging and safety. A home gives you warmth and solace. It protects you and keep you safe. While I remember the times when I lived in a house, I am fortunate to say that I have been blessed with a home, most of my life.

Mark Lee

Legal & Compliance

Corporate

Mark Lee

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Legal & Compliance

Mark has an extensive background helping companies in the financial services sector introduce new and innovative products that benefit their communities at large.  Specializing in consumer finance, Mark has merged his passion for the law and real estate with his desire to help others achieve the dream of home ownership.  As the son of an elementary school teacher, He was drawn to Landed’s mission to help hard-working families get into homes.  Mark credits having survived a Wall Street crash, a major earthquake and the start of an overseas conflict with instilling in him on the importance of having a home to call your own.  He attended the University of Arizona for undergrad (Bear Down!) and Santa Clara University for law school.

Your favorite word and why?
Optimism:  I am a big fan of focusing on the positive side of every situation.

What do you enjoy outside of work?
I am continually working on my tennis game and am always looking for new tennis partners. In addition, I am hoping to "break 100" sometime soon in my golf game, but living in the rainy northwest, my golf time has been limited and there is still a ways to go.

Will Young

Product

Research and Development

Will Young

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Product

 

Will is a former engineer who started his programming career during the dot-com boom and crash in San Francisco.   He has played product management and company leadership roles at Yodlee (FinTech startup) working with top tier financial institutions and e-commerce and marketplace brands such as Zappos, Brandless and mostly recently Wish. At Wish, Will led the consumer product team (PM, Design, Localization) through the company's 2020 IPO.  

 

Will was a mentor and supporter of Teach For America's Social Innovation Award where he was constantly inspired by the dedication, creativity and hard work of the community to improve education and the communities they served.

 

Will was raised in Vancouver, Canada and got his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.  He currently lives in the bay area with his wife and 2 rascal daughters. 

Your favorite word and why?
Gratitude. Research continually shows that gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. All of those benefits sound pretty wonderful to me.

Why Landed?
I was looking for a company with a clear purpose to improve society and a deep care for building a strong and lasting culture. I've gotten both in spades at Landed!

Board of Directors

Jonathan Asmis

Board Member

CEO, Landed

Brook Bisrat

Board Member

Partner, Learn Capital

Alda Leu Dennis

Board Member

General Partner, Initialized Capital

Alex Lofton

Board Member

President & Co-Founder, Landed

Charmel Maynard

Board Member

CIO, University of Miami

Jenny Song

Board Observer

Principal, Navitas Capital

Jesse Vaughan

Board Observer

Co-Founder, Landed

Secil Watson

Board Member

Consultant, CDW

Michael Yang

Board Member

Managing Partner, OMERS