Through the family of companies, Veritas Investments employs more than 100 real estate and administrative experts – seasoned real estate investment, management, construction, leasing and finance professionals with extensive experience acquiring, operating, financing, and selling properties in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This in-house team offers investors a powerful skill set that includes in-depth knowledge of local property markets, a far-reaching network of industry contacts and lending relationships, and expertise in navigating the Bay Area’s complex property-related ordinances and regulatory processes.
Veritas approaches work with the mindset of a real estate entrepreneur, the courtesy of a responsible neighbor and the investment discipline of an institutional money manager. The team is led by:
CEO & Founder
Mr. Au is an active member of the Coalition for Better Housing, San Francisco Apartment Association, Bay Area Council, and the National Multi Housing Council. He was named Multifamily Executive Magazine (MFE)’s 2017 Executive of the Year and received the 2018 Spirit of Life Award for philanthropy and community service by the Real Estate Committee of the City of Hope cancer research hospital.
- Harvard Business School, MBA
- Carnegie Mellon, MS in Information Networking
- University of California, Berkeley, BS in Mechanical Engineering & Computer Science
Mr. Sato leads the portfolio management, capital markets, investments, development, and corporate strategy of Veritas. Mr. Sato has two decades of experience for both privately held real estate investment companies and publicly traded real estate investment trusts nationwide.
Previously he served in executive roles at The Laramar Group and United Dominion Realty Trust.
- Regis University, MBA
- Regis University, BS in Accounting
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Jerden oversees Veritas’ operations, marketing, property services and leasing. He has more than 15 years of experience in property management, asset management, and portfolio management.
Prior to joining Veritas, Mr. Jerden served as Executive Vice President of Centennial Holding Company. He is also a Marshall Memorial Fellow, a leadership development program of the German Marshall Fund of the US.
- Harvard University, Master in Urban Planning
- Brown University, AB in International Relations
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Owens oversees Veritas’ accounting, tax, technology, and human resources functions. He has over 19 years of real estate and capital markets experience, with deep acumen in public debt, equity, private market transactions, and public boards.
Previously he served as Managing Director for Green Street’s Advisory Group. Mr. Owens is an Advisory Board Member for the UC Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics. Phil is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses.
- University of California, Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business, MBA
- University of Southern California, BS in Business Administration and Finance
Head of SF Bay Area Investments
Mr. Zierten has been with Veritas since 2014 and leads Veritas’ San Francisco Bay Area Investments and is also the Portfolio Manager responsible of the management of new ventures located in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has completed over $600 million in transactions with the firm. Prior to joining Veritas, Mr. Zierten worked at W. P. Carey focused on financial analysis, transaction analysis, mergers & acquisitions, and launching new real estate investment vehicles.
- Anderson School at UCLA, MBA
- Arizona State University, BS in Finance
Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Chung oversees all of Veritas’ accounting and risk management functions. He has more than 18 years of real estate and investment experience, both in privately held companies and publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs). Prior to joining Veritas, he served as the Assistant Controller of Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust and spent 6 years at Babcock & Brown where he served as Assistant Controller.
- San Francisco State University, BS in Finance and International Business
Vice President, Portfolio Management
Mr. Bravin is responsible for the portfolio performance of one of Veritas’s key investor relationships. Always the explorer, his real estate career has taken him from California to Eastern Europe and back, and through a range of fields, including entrepreneurship, investment strategy, acquisitions, lending and urban planning.
- Harvard University, BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy
Vice President, Portfolio Management
Since joining Veritas in 2014, Mr. Anstey has successfully directed efforts to close over $3 billion in equity and debt recapitalizations. In his current role as V.P. of Portfolio Management, he is tasked with leading all Capital Markets and Asset Management related activities within his 2,500 unit portfolio. He is intimately involved in the creation and execution of the business plan for his portfolio, always with a keen eye on creating value and maximizing returns for our Investors.
Prior to joining Veritas, Mr. Anstey started his career at iStar Financial, a REIT based in New York City, as a part of the debt originations team. More recently, he worked for United Growth, a developer based in Marin County, where he was responsible for underwriting all of the firm’s acquisition and development projects.
- Tulane University, BSM in Finance
Vice President of Property Services
Mr. Pedde joined Veritas in 2016 and oversees all aspects of Capital Improvements, Unit Renovations and the Repairs & Maintenance team. He has created a collaborative team environment stressing the use of technology to create transparency and efficiency. Mr. Pedde is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Senior Leadership Team.
Mr. Pedde has over 25 years of real estate experience. Prior to joining Veritas, he served as the Director of Construction Operations at The Laramar Group and previous to that was a Principal at DTS, a land use planning firm in Denver focused on single family residential development and land surveying.
- Metropolitan State College of Denver
Vice President, Technology
Mr. Singh is the head of Technology overseeing all aspects of information security, infrastructure and network operations, business intelligence, enterprise applications, and cloud-based software development. He is responsible for driving strategic, innovative technology solutions throughout Veritas and its affiliates.
Mr. Singh has over 20 years of Technology experience with both public and privately held companies. Prior to joining Veritas, he held key technology leadership roles with investment bank Houlihan Lokey and Asset Management firm Ares Management with $145 billion in Asset Under Management.
- Nagpur University, BS in Computer Science
- Pepperdine University, MBA in Finance
Vice President, Corporate Finance
Mr. Ramin has been with Veritas since 2016 where he leads the corporate finance department. Mr. Ramin has 16+ years of real estate and finance experience including investment management and financial services.
Prior to joining Veritas, Mr. Ramin helped manage the portfolios of two national real estate investment firms.
- University of California, Berkeley, BS in Mechanical Engineering
Vice President, Corporate Tax
Ms. Lo oversees all income tax related matters at Veritas, including managing the income tax compliance and advising on the tax implications of acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations, and other transactions. She has over 15 years of tax experience, specializing in real estate and partnership taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic tax planning.
- University of California, Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business, BS in Business Administration
Vice President, People & Culture
Ms. Molina leads the People and Culture team where she focuses on embedding the Veritas core values throughout the organization. In addition she’s responsible for the management of our physical office locations. Prior to joining Veritas, she spent over a decade at First Republic Bank and has a deep background in human resources technology, organizational strategy, corporate communications, workforce development, change management, and mergers and acquisitions.
- University of California, Berkeley, BA in Integrative Biology and Rhetoric