Congratulations to 2020 CREFC Woman of the Year,
January 1, 2021
The Woman of the Year Award is given as recognition to a CREFC member who, through her engagement in CREFC and in the commercial real estate finance industry broadly, has enhanced and improved the marketplace. Click here to read more about Kara.
Kara McShane is a managing director and head of Commercial Real Estate (CRE) at Wells Fargo. She has more than 25 years of commercial real estate and fixed-income experience.
As an active member of the industry, community, and CREFC, Kara currently serves on the board of Breaking Ground, a leading NYC nonprofit for supportive and affordable housing. She was also a founding member and currently serves on the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) Women’s Network Advisory Board. She previously served on the Board of Governors of CREFC’s predecessor, the Commercial Mortgage Securities Association. Kara also sits on the Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee (RECPAC) for The Real Estate Round Table.
Kara is based in New York City and currently serves on the Wells Fargo Management Committee, the Employee Benefit Review Committee, and the Corporate & Investment Banking Operating Committee. Since joining Wells Fargo in 2010, she has held a number of senior leadership positions, including head of Structured Real Estate and head of Commercial Real Estate Capital Markets & Finance. Click here to read more about Kara.
- Demonstrated leadership and exemplary commitment to the industry broadly.
- Promoted and improved the commercial real estate finance markets.
- Recognized as an industry leader.
- Demonstrated high ethical and professional standards.
Watch Kara Accept Her Award at CREFC Digital: CRE’s Path Forward
"This is even sweeter for me to have had something great happen in the context of a very challenging year."
CREFC Woman of Year 2020 from CRE Finance Council on Vimeo.