Elaine McKay serves as the Chief of Staff for Annaly Capital Management Inc.’s dedicated commercial real estate business and is a Director in the commercial team’s Legal and Structuring group. Based in New York, Elaine focuses on the operations and strategy of Annaly’s commercial real estate business as well as the structuring, execution, and portfolio management of commercial mortgage and mezzanine loans, securities, and preferred and common equity investments. Elaine is a member of the CREFC Women’s Network and serves as the co-chair of the Networking Committee. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, her Masters of Science in Finance from the University of Florida, and her B.S. in Business Administration from Auburn University, summa cum laude. Prior to joining Annaly in 2014, Elaine practiced real estate finance law at Allen & Overy LLP and, before law school, she began her career as a real estate investment banking analyst at Wachovia Securities.