Nationally, Mr. Safran has belonged to such organizations as the Home Builders, the Urban Land Institute, the National Housing Coalition, NAHRO, and the National Leased Housing Association, of which he was a member of the Board of Directors. He has been active locally in Los Angeles nonprofit housing organizations as President of Alternative Living for the Aging and as Vice President of Menorah Housing Foundation, and as a member of the Corporate Fund for Housing. In addition, Mr. Safran has volunteered in his community serving on local boards: homeowner associations in Brentwood and Bel Air, 15 years on the San Vicente Design Review Board, Chair of the San Vicente Improvement Association, Treasurer of Brentwood Green, and Business Representative on the Brentwood Neighborhood Community Council. He is also a founder of both the Museum of Contemporary Art and on the Board of The Music Center of Los Angeles County.
Mr. Safran has a Bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (where he was on the Board of Fellows), and an MBA from UCLA where he is a Chancellor's Associate. Prior to establishing his own company in 1974, he held various positions over a five-year period with the Los Angeles Area, Chicago Regional, and Washington, D.C. Central offices of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Abel attended California State University, Northridge and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration with an option in Marketing. He holds an Assisted Housing Manager certification and Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM) designation from the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA).
Mr. Gross is a member of the Bel Air Chapter of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), ULI (Urban Land Institute), Westside Urban Forum and volunteers for several charitable and political groups. Andrew holds a position on the Board of New Directions for Veterans, the Advisory Board of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California where he teaches affordable housing development. Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Andrew worked as an associate at a Los Angeles-based investment bank. Andrew graduated with honors with a Juris Doctorate and Master in Business Administration (JD/MBA) from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and also graduated with highest distinction honors, Cum Laude, in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. Andrew is a member of the California Bar and is also a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. He is married and has two sons.
Stacey holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources with a state-specific certification in California (PHR-CA). Stacey is a member of Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and the Junior League of Los Angeles.
Tyler is an alumnus of the University of Southern California with graduate degrees in both Business Administration (MBA) and Real Estate Development (MRED). He has a Bachelorís degree in both Architecture and Italian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Edik obtained Associate degrees in Liberal Arts and Accounting from Los Angeles City College and in 2008 he received a B.S. in Accounting from California State University, Northridge. He speaks two languages: Armenian and English.
Mr. Pynes is an active member of YPO (Young President’s Association), ULI (Urban Land Institute), Westside Urban Forum and volunteers for several charitable and political groups. He currently serves as a Regional Advisor for Syracuse University, sits on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Southwest chapter of the Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA), and the Board of Directors for The Westside Family YMCA. He also serves as a mentor, speaker and advisor for many other local charities. Mr. Pynes received an MBA in Real Estate Finance from Fordham University and a B.S. from Syracuse University.
Greg holds a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has an Assisted Housing Manager certification and a Certified Occupancy Specialist certification from the National Housing Management Center.
Anthony Yannatta is Vice President of Development & Finance for Thomas Safran & Associates. As a member of the Development and Finance teams, Anthony plays an important role in financing, structuring, negotiating, and managing acquisition and rehabilitation development projects. In addition, Anthony performs a variety of other functions for Thomas Safran & Associates related to asset management, project compliance, software system development, and agency correspondence.
Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Anthony was the CEO of WestsideRentals.com, an Associate at Ares Management and a Financial Analyst at Pacific Capital Group. He has a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and received his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001. Anthony is an avid basketball player, having lettered for four years at UC Santa Cruz (Division III) and played professionally in Finland. Anthony has previously served on the City of Santa Monica Housing Commission.