Ms. Raun Schlesinger is the founder and CEO of Merit Hill Capital. Ms. Schlesinger was formerly the Head of Self Storage Investments at W. P. Carey Inc., where she worked for over eleven years and, together with her team, built from inception the eighth largest self-storage operator in the US. Ms. Schlesinger co-founded WPC’s self-storage investment platform as the firm’s first independent investment vertical outside of triple net lease and helped to raise the initial capital for the self-storage platform.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Schlesinger has evaluated over 3,000 individual self-storage transactions totaling over $20 billion in asset value. Ms. Schlesinger has sourced and executed 80 self-storage investments acquiring 167 separate self-storage properties; completed 7 full cycle portfolio exits of 56 properties, realizing significant returns on the investments she made; and 40 separate financings comprising 161 properties, altogether totaling more than $2.1 billion in self-storage transaction volume.
Prior to W. P. Carey, she spent four years as an Analyst and then an Associate in the Private Equity Group at Brown Brothers Harriman where she was responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring investments for the 1818 Funds. Ms. Schlesinger serves on the Penn Fund Executive Board. Ms. Schlesinger graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.