Urban Catalyst Funds, the channel partner program of opportunity zone fund sponsor Urban Catalyst, has added Elijah Davis and Lisa Florest to its “strategic partnerships channel division.”
As “partnership advocates,” they are responsible for connecting with wealth advisors to raise money for Urban Catalyst funds, with Davis responsible for the western half of the country and Florest responsible for the eastern.
“We welcome Elijah and Lisa to these key roles as we continue building new relationships with financial professionals around the country,” said Pisoot Senethavilay, director of strategic partnerships for Urban Catalyst Funds. “They join Urban Catalyst Funds at an exciting time, with investor interest in our opportunity zone fund growing rapidly.”
Davis joins Urban Catalyst Funds from Spring Hills Holdings and Marketing, where he served as an associate vice president for the western division. Prior to Spring Hills, he held similar roles at Griffin Capital Securities and Walton Securities. Davis graduated from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor’s degree in applied business management.
Prior to joining the Urban Catalyst team, Florest served as an associate vice president and internal wholesaler at Griffin Capital Securities, and previously, as a wealth management assistant at Wealthnet Planners. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and communications from Arizona State University.
Davis and Florest are registered with broker-dealer Emerson Equity.
Urban Catalyst is focused on ground-up development projects in downtown San Jose. Its first opportunity zone fund, Urban Catalyst Opportunity Fund I, closed in December 2020 after raising $131 million. Urban Catalyst Opportunity Zone Fund II is open to investors and seeks to raise $200 million.