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. Additionally, Mr. Escalante is 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., as well as President of Griffin Capital Real Estate Company.

Career Summary

Mr. Escalante has been a prominent player in North American institutional property acquisition and asset management since 1987. With 30 years of real estate related investment experience, he has been responsible for completing approximately $6 billion of commercial real estate transactions throughout the Western United States. Prior to joining Griffin in June 2006, Mr. Escalante served eight years at Trizec Properties, Inc., one of the largest publicly traded 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 such prominent office projects as: Bank of America Plaza, Ernst & Young Plaza, and Landmark Square in Los Angeles, California; One Concord Center in Northern California; Dallas Gallerias in Dallas, Texas and Metropolitan Square in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to joining Trizec, Mr. Escalante was employed for approximately 10 years in various acquisitions, asset management and portfolio management positions with The Yarmouth Group, an international investment advisor. Prominent acquisitions during his tenure at The Yarmouth Group included Murdock Plaza in Westwood, California and the mixed-use projects of Symphony Towers in San Diego, California and Tabor Center in Denver, Colorado.


  • 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 two daughters; resident of South Pasadena, CA