Michael J. Escalante

Michael J. Escalante

Chief Investment Officer

Griffin Capital Company, LLC

Mr. Escalante is the Chief Investment Officer of Griffin Capital Company, LLC and is responsible for overseeing all acquisition and disposition real estate activities of the firm. Mr. Escalante also serves as President and Chief Investment Officer of Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc., and Director, President and Chief Investment Officer of Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT II, Inc. He is a member of the Investment Committee of Griffin Capital Advisor, LLC and PECO-Griffin REIT Advisor, LLC, SEC-registered investment advisors and the respective advisors to Griffin Institutional Access® Real Estate Fund and Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT III, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Escalante serves as President of Griffin Capital Real Estate Company.

Career Summary

With over 30 years of real estate related investment experience, Mr. Escalante has been responsible for completing in excess of $6.0 billion of commercial real estate transactions throughout the United States. Prior to joining Griffin Capital in June 2006, Mr. Escalante founded Escalante Property Ventures in March 2005, a real estate investment management company, to invest in value-added and development-oriented infill properties within California and other western states. From 1997 to March 2005, Mr. Escalante served eight years at Trizec Properties, Inc., one of the largest publiclytraded U.S. office REITs, with his final position being Executive Vice President – Capital Transactions and Portfolio Management. While at Trizec, Mr. Escalante was directly responsible for all capital transaction activity for the Western U.S., which included the acquisition of several prominent office projects. Mr. Escalante’s work experience at Trizec also included significant hands-on operations experience as the REIT’s Western U.S. Regional Director with bottom-line responsibility for asset and portfolio management of a 4.6 million square foot office/retail portfolio (11 projects/23 buildings) and associated administrative support personnel (110 total/65 company employees). Prior to joining Trizec, from 1987 to 1997, Mr. Escalante held various acquisitions, asset management and portfolio management positions with The Yarmouth Group, an international investment advisor.


  • MBA, University of California at Los Angeles, Anderson Graduate School of Management
  • BS, University of Santa Clara

Industry Activities

Full member of the Urban Land Institute and active in many civic organizations.


Married, father of three daughters; resident of South Pasadena, CA

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