Executive Team

Our History

Partners Derrick Barker, Charles Cole and Ryan Williams met as classmates at Harvard College and have worked together to build impactful ventures since 2006. In 2010, the three raised funds to invest in single family housing in in Atlanta, Georgia. Since starting as a partnership to buy one single family home, the company has grown rapidly into a real estate investment and asset management firm with a focus on multifamily housing and total assets under management of $270M.

our founders

  • Derrick Barker
      Derrick BarkerGeneral Partner

      An Atlanta, Georgia native, Barker recently worked at Goldman Sachs trading municipal bonds and managing a $300m collateralized lending portfolio. At Civitas Communities, he leads new acquisitions and development group and oversight of financial diligence processes. Barker lead the turnaround and lease up of 500,000sf commercial, non multifamily asset management portfolio. Barker was an All-American football player at Harvard and co-founded largest student organization, Veritas Financial Group. Barker graduated with his BA from Harvard College in 2010.

    • Charles Cole
        Charles ColeGeneral Partner

        A Gary, Indiana native, Cole most recently worked as a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain and Company, advising one of the largest public REITs and a privately held hotel chain. Cole helped restructure a management company. At Civitas Communities, he leads asset management, community service partnerships and strategy for more than 600 units under management. As an undergraduate, he created innovative model for offering afterschool programming in affordable housing developments. Cole graduated with his BA from Harvard College in 2010.

      • Ryan Williams
          Ryan WilliamsGeneral Partner

          A Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, Williams most recently worked in Real Estate Private Equity at the Blackstone Group where he closed more than $2 billion in transactions. Prior to this, Williams worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division. Williams has analyzed and underwritten more than $150 million in multifamily acquisitions for Civitas Communities over the past two years. Founded a youth non-profit organization while in high school focused on academic enrichment. Williams graduated with his BA from Harvard College in 2010.

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