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Jonas Sylvester

Chief Operating Officer
Los Angeles, CA
jsylvester@aracapital.com
(213) 233-5747

Jonas Sylvester is ARA’s Chief Operating Officer and works closely with ARA’s senior management team in the areas of corporate strategic planning, product development, capital formation, and operational growth. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Investment Committee, Operations Committee, and Management Committee.

Prior to joining ARA on January 4, 2021, Mr. Sylvester served as President of Unico Properties, a 300 person vertically integrated investment manager and operator focused on value-added strategies. At Unico, he led the firm’s geographic and product expansion as it evolved into an established value-add fund manager with a top-quartile track record serving investors in the US, Canada, the UK, Singapore, and South Korea. He worked directly on developing the firm’s closed-end fund offerings, fundraising, building the company's back of house infrastructure, and leading corporate finance. 

Mr. Sylvester has been actively engaged in the real estate community, serving as prior Chair of the Northwest Chapter of the Urban Land Institute and as former co-head of the University of Washington’s Runstad School Real Estate Certificate program.

Mr. Sylvester has over 20 years of experience and earned a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Duke University.

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