Jonathan Lee

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Principal, Managing Director


Mr. Lee joined George Smith Partners in 2005 and since then has built a broad expertise in underwriting and closing commercial mortgage debt for all property types, totaling more than $1B. His outstanding production and leadership lead him to be appointed as a Principal in 2015. He has a noted expertise in construction, ground up development, CMBS financing, GSE financing and stabilized perm financing.

Mr. Lee has arranged debt, mezzanine and JV equity structures for over 600+ residential for-sale units as well as several hundred multi-family units. Notably, Mr. Lee financed the first LEED certified small lot subdivision in the City of Los Angeles. He has also financed the acquisition and construction of retail centers throughout Southern California.

In addition to the specific transactions above, Mr. Lee has also successfully closed bridge deals for office, mixed use and retail. He has closed debt transactions with both regional and local banks on land, hotels, retail, office and apartments.

Before George Smith Partners, Mr. Lee spent two years as a Deputy Chief Operating Officer for a mid-level residential development firm based in the Los Angeles area. In that role he helped oversee the acquisition, entitlement, costing and construction of over 15 projects totaling several hundred residential units.

A native of Palos Verdes, Mr. Lee received his undergraduate degree from the University of California Los Angeles in 2001. He is a Community Leader at Cornerstone Church in West Los Angeles and a frustrated tri-athlete. He now resides in Westchester with his wife, Monica, and two children, Jackson and Mackenzie, who are deft in their abilities to simultaneously keep him motivated, relaxed, humble, challenged and laughing.

Professional and Academic Affiliations:

  • UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group
  • Mortgage Bankers Association
  • ICSC
  • Union Rescue Mission
  • Cornerstone Church West Los Angeles