Kevin A. Shields

Kevin A. Shields

Executive Chairman, and CBD

Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc.


Kevin A. Shields is our Executive Chairman and the Chairman of our board of directors, has been an officer and director since November 2013. Mr. Shields served as GCEAR's Chief Executive Officer from 2008 until December 2018. Mr. Shields is also the Chief Executive Officer of GCC, which he founded in 1995 and which indirectly owns our dealer manager. Mr. Shields served as the Chief Executive Officer of our dealer manager until June 2017. Mr. Shields also currently serves as President and trustee of GIA Real Estate Fund, positions he has held since November 2013; and as President and trustee of GIA Credit Fund, positions he has held since January 2017. He also serves as a non-voting special observer of the board of directors of Griffin American Healthcare REIT III, Inc. (“GAHR III”) and Griffin American Healthcare REIT IV, Inc. (“GAHR IV”), both of which are public non-traded REITs co-sponsored by GCC, and as a member of the investment committee of the advisor of GAHR III. Before founding GCC, Mr. Shields was a Senior Vice President and head of the Structured Real Estate Finance Group at Jefferies & Company, Inc. in Los Angeles and a Vice President in the Real Estate Finance Department of Salomon Brothers Inc. in both New York and Los Angeles. Over the course of his 30-year real estate and investment-banking career, Mr. Shields has structured and closed over 200 transactions totaling in excess of $8 billion of real estate acquisitions, financings and dispositions.

Education

  • Juris Doctorate, University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • MBA, Haas Graduate School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, graduated Summa Cum Laude with Beta Gamma Sigma distinction
  • BS, Haas Undergraduate School of Business, University of California, graduated Phi Beta Kappa distinction

Professional Licenses

  • Member, California Bar Association (Inactive)

Industry Activities

  • Chairman Emeritus, Investment Program Association (IPA)
  • Executive Member, Public Non-Listed REIT Council, NAREIT
  • Policy Advisory Board Member, Fisher Center for Real Estate
  • Council Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Guest Lecturer, Haas Graduate School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

Personal

Married, father of four and resident of Manhattan Beach, California.