Lead Independent Director

R. David Kelly


Mr. Kelly has served as one of our independent directors since January 2019 and as our lead independent director since December 2020. Mr. Kelly has 35 years of investment experience, including serving both public companies and private companies in the financial advisory, real estate development and operating company sectors. Mr. Kelly has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of Croesus and Company, a real estate investment and advisory firm, since 2014. Since 2017, Mr. Kelly has also served as lead director of TCW Direct Lending VII LLC, a registered business development company which provides private capital to middle market companies operating in a broad range of industries.

Mr. Kelly is the founder and managing partner of StraightLine Realty Partners, LLC, an alternative investment platform with investments in real estate, financial services and venture capital which Mr. Kelly founded in 2010. Mr. Kelly served as a trustee and Chairman of the Teacher’s Retirement System of Texas from 2007 to 2017. Mr. Kelly also served as Chairman of the Texas Public Finance Authority from 2002 to 2006 as a gubernatorial appointee. Mr. Kelly earned a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. Mr. Kelly is a valuable member of our board of directors because of his prior service as a director and his experience as an executive officer, including in the financial advisory and real estate investment field.