Sara Shank is a managing director at PGIM Real Estate and global head of Innovation. Based in New York, Sara is responsible for developing and implementing technology solutions and data strategies across investment, asset management, operations and client servicing. This includes leading the change management of process, systems, and culture. Sara oversees the Systems organization working in close coordination with all investment and function areas. She is a member of the Global Investment Committee.
Prior to joining PGIM Real Estate, Sara served as a managing director, head of Portfolio Management at Beacon Capital Partners. In this role, she was chair of the Portfolio Committee and a member of the Investment, Management, Internal Credit, Due Diligence and Debt Committees in addition to being responsible for driving innovation in the firm. During her tenure, Sara oversaw the review, screening and implementation of multiple new technologies and platforms across the company.
Sara has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master of business administration from Tuck School of Business. She has been a founding member of numerous industry organization councils including the ULI National Real Estate Technology Council and CREtech Leadership Board. Sara also has served as an advisory board member for VTS, Honest Buildings, WiredScore, Compstak, Building Engines and Comfy. Sara is also a CFA® charterholder.