David is responsible for the dedicated team at Stanfield Partners and its capital formation, strategic partnership, and investing activities in real estate technology companies. Stanfield is one of the earliest participants in this rapidly evolving, potentially huge market. They have reviewed hundreds of real estate technology startups, representing and investing in several promising companies. Stanfield is creating a dedicated real estate tech venture partnership focused on four verticals including Market Data/Analytics, Construction, Smart Buildings, and Capital Markets/Tokenization.
His career has been focused on capital raising and strategy for the world’s most prominent real estate companies including serving as the Co-Manager of the Global Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Salomon Brothers and as the Head of Western U.S. Real Estate Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch. David was a leader in the origination of the CMBS market together with being central to the creation of the global REIT market including responsibility for the IPO’s of CB Commercial and Essex Property Trust.
David has decades of experience in global investment and merchant banking. In addition to having represented many of the nation’s most prominent real estate companies in connection with merger/advisory services and public/private capital raising, he has been closely associated with many of the financial services industry’s first and most significant transactions involving securitization of commercial real estate.
He is a Founding Board of Directors member, Co-Chair of the Innovation Committee, and Co-CFO of Stanford Professionals in Real Estate, and Co-Founder of the Stanford Real Estate Council. He is a Leadership & Advisory Board member of CRE Tech, an inaugural member of the Urban Land Institute’s Technology Council, a former policy advisory board member of the U.C. Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, a former advisory board member of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, and a board member of the Los Angeles Stanford Business Advisory Council, and a licensed California real estate broker.
Mr. Knowles received a BA degree with honors from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has securities registration licenses Series 7, 24, 63, 66, and 79.