Helping startups that are
destined to redefine the
commercial real estate space

BeEngaged
Network

Ecosystem of founders, industry professionals, and capital providers dedicated to redefining the commercial real estate space.

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BeEngaged™
Verified Status

Focused mentorship for validating strategic alignment through experiments and pilots.

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BeEngaged
Lab

A catalyst for founders and Berkadia to collaborate on long-term initiatives.

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Exited

Best accelerator imaginable. This program has helped us in numerous ways – from design of investor decks, client introductions, strategic guidance on product developments, pricing, and strategy. The program is always looking for ways to help us and has a dedicated team working along with us through regular meetings and access to senior leadership. I cannot recommend BeEngaged enough, some of our biggest opportunities are because of this program.

Bryan Colin
Co-Founder & CEO

The BeEngaged Program has been an invaluable resource to us at Esusu over the past two years. The program has been designed with the utmost intentionality to ensure it meets founders where they are in their company building journey and provides the right resources. Through BeEngaged we formed marquee partnerships, learned the ins and outs of the commercial real estate industry, and built a strong network of like-minded founders. We could not be more grateful for our partnership with the BeEngaged team and the broader Berkadia ecosystem. We would not trade the opportunity to participate in BeEngaged for anything.

Abbey Wemimo &
Samir Goel

Co-Founders Esusu

BeEngaged has been tremendously impactful towards the growth of WhoseYourLandlord (WYL). Bryce and Rachel have run an efficient, insightful, and well-organized program that enables founders like myself to interface with industry titans and influencers who can provide real world feedback on the products and strategies we put together at our startups. From participating in client/partner investor discovery calls to pressure testing our technical assumptions, they’ve been able to provide us tremendous value. I’m excited to continue to be a part of this family for years to come.

Ofo Ezeugwu
Founder & CEO

Advisors

Gary Mumford is Chief Data Officer for Berkadia Commercial Mortgage. In this role, Mr. Mumford is responsible for driving data vision, strategy, and execution across Berkadia. Prior to Berkadia, Mr. Mumford worked in Enterprise Software as Business Area Executive and Vice President of Engineering for Rocket Software, Senior Software Developer and Team Lead for Microsoft, spanning a 21-year career in technology, building and managing over 50 software and services products internationally.
Gary Mumford is Chief Data Officer for Berkadia Commercial Mortgage. In this role, Mr. Mumford is responsible for driving data vision, strategy, and execution across Berkadia. Prior to Berkadia, Mr. Mumford worked in Enterprise Software as Business Area Executive and Vice President of Engineering for Rocket Software, Senior Software Developer and Team Lead for Microsoft, spanning a 21-year career in technology, building and managing over 50 software and services products internationally.

Gary Mumford
Chief Data Officer

Russ Ming is an over two-decade veteran of the commercial real estate debt lending and services industry as an accomplished multifamily credit manager, loan originator, closer, relationship manager, operational head, and leader. Successfully processed over $25 billion in Fannie Mae DUS, Freddie Mac Program Plus, FHA HUD, CMBS and balance sheet transactions that include affordable, student, seniors, and manufactured housing community loans. He currently serves as a senior member of the Corporate Operations team for Berkadia’s Mortgage Banking platform, implementing strategies, and procuring tools and talent for the growing division.
Russ Ming is an over two-decade veteran of the commercial real estate debt lending and services industry as an accomplished multifamily credit manager, loan originator, closer, relationship manager, operational head, and leader. Successfully processed over $25 billion in Fannie Mae DUS, Freddie Mac Program Plus, FHA HUD, CMBS and balance sheet transactions that include affordable, student, seniors, and manufactured housing community loans. He currently serves as a senior member of the Corporate Operations team for Berkadia’s Mortgage Banking platform, implementing strategies, and procuring tools and talent for the growing division.

Russ Ming
Vice President – Mortgage Banking Strategy and Operations

Olivia Miller joined Fannie Mae in January 2015 and works within the Multifamily Chief Operating Office. In her role Olivia collaborates with colleagues from across the business, product development, and technology teams focused on digital transformation efforts. One of the elements Olivia enjoys most about her work is listening to customers and partners, conducting inquiry efforts, and exploring design strategies supporting strategic goals, products, and initiatives.
Olivia Miller joined Fannie Mae in January 2015 and works within the Multifamily Chief Operating Office. In her role Olivia collaborates with colleagues from across the business, product development, and technology teams focused on digital transformation efforts. One of the elements Olivia enjoys most about her work is listening to customers and partners, conducting inquiry efforts, and exploring design strategies supporting strategic goals, products, and initiatives.

Olivia Miller
Project Manager,
Fannie Mae Multifamily Chief Operating Office

Sloane Duhé is a Director in Freddie Mac’s Strategic Transformation organization and heads up the Multifamily Innovation Lab. Her work at Freddie Mac has been in new concept identification and development, digital transformation, tech scouting, and strategic design across both Single Family and Multifamily’s innovation programs. Sloane leads a cross-functional team of technologists, strategists, engineers, data scientists, and designers obsessed with creating value by solving real problems for stakeholders across the industry.
Sloane Duhé is a Director in Freddie Mac’s Strategic Transformation organization and heads up the Multifamily Innovation Lab. Her work at Freddie Mac has been in new concept identification and development, digital transformation, tech scouting, and strategic design across both Single Family and Multifamily’s innovation programs. Sloane leads a cross-functional team of technologists, strategists, engineers, data scientists, and designers obsessed with creating value by solving real problems for stakeholders across the industry.

Sloane Duhé
Director,
Freddie Mac Strategic Transformation 

Team

Bryce Nyberg is a Director of Berkadia Digital and the Head of BeEngaged. Bryce focuses on advancing innovation in our industry through BeEngaged, partnerships, investments, and acquisitions. His influence in and out of Berkadia, business acumen, and effective program leadership skills lead to remarkable outcomes for the organizations he works with.
Bryce Nyberg is a Director of Berkadia Digital and the Head of BeEngaged. Bryce focuses on advancing innovation in our industry through BeEngaged, partnerships, investments, and acquisitions. His influence in and out of Berkadia, business acumen, and effective program leadership skills lead to remarkable outcomes for the organizations he works with.

Bryce Nyberg
Director, Berkadia Digital

Rachel Startzel is an Analyst on the Berkadia Digital team and works closely with the BeEngaged Director to execute initiatives to advance Berkadia's business operations and technology. She has experience working with early- and growth- stage startups to evaluate strategic fit and explore collaborative opportunities.
Rachel Startzel is an Analyst on the Berkadia Digital team and works closely with the BeEngaged Director to execute initiatives to advance Berkadia's business operations and technology. She has experience working with early- and growth- stage startups to evaluate strategic fit and explore collaborative opportunities.

Rachel Startzel
Analyst, Berkadia Digital

Andrei Chursov leads Berkadia’s transformation efforts across three key pillars: enterprise planning, targeted continuous improvement, and cultural transformation in partnership with Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and other teams. Andrei’s role involves development of alliances across Berkadia, including close collaboration with BeEngaged accelerator, to build conviction, adopt new solutions and measure progress. He leverages prior experiences in management consulting (BCG), U.S. Federal government (CFPB, GSA) and Fannie Mae.
Andrei Chursov leads Berkadia’s transformation efforts across three key pillars: enterprise planning, targeted continuous improvement, and cultural transformation in partnership with Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and other teams. Andrei’s role involves development of alliances across Berkadia, including close collaboration with BeEngaged accelerator, to build conviction, adopt new solutions and measure progress. He leverages prior experiences in management consulting (BCG), U.S. Federal government (CFPB, GSA) and Fannie Mae.

Andrei Chursov
Vice President – Transformation

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