Adriana Fini is an associate on the loan originations team at Starwood Property Trust. At Starwood, she is responsible for commercial loan originations across all major asset types and geographies. While at Georgetown, Fini served as a Portfolio Manager in the Georgetown University Public Real Estate Fund (GUPREF) and as a board member in the Real Estate Club. Fini graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where she received a B.S. in Business Administration with majors in Finance and Accounting.

Q: How did you end up working in commercial real estate?

I was exposed to the commercial real estate industry at a very young age. My parents founded Maridian Properties, a family-owned, boutique real estate company that builds, owns, and manages residential and commercial properties. Growing up, our nightly dinner conversations involved topics such as potential acquisition opportunities, lender relationships that helped fast-track a closing and key clauses in tenant lease negotiations. Intrigued by the family business, I was eager to get more exposure to the commercial real estate industry while in college. I was drawn to Georgetown University because of its location, global reach, academic reputation, and the existence of The Steers Center for Global Real Estate. Through Professor Cypher’s real estate classes, extracurricular involvement (GUPREF and GUREC) and networking events, I established a strong foundation in commercial real estate and was well-positioned to take advantage of various internship opportunities available to me. With a track record of passion and experience, I landed a full-time job at Starwood Property Trust where I have worked since graduating in 2019.

Q: Can you name some ways you see yourself helping other women break into the industry?

I jump at every opportunity to chat with Georgetown students who are interested in commercial real estate. I am especially excited to talk to other women who are looking to learn about the industry. I am involved in various women’s networks which allow me to connect with other women in real estate through breakfast series, roundtable discussions and informal social events.

Q: How are you approaching your professional future?

I am fortunate to work in a tight-knit group filled with humble and smart people. As I think about the future, I am focused on taking advantage of opportunities to learn new skills and build my network. Commercial real estate is a people-driven business, so relationships are key to achieving success.