Matthew Ahrens leads Rising's acquisitions activities, including sourcing, underwriting, financing, and closing transactions. Since joining Rising, Matthew has closed more than 4 million square feet of opportunistic investments in Southern California with a total capitalization of nearly $1 billion.

Prior to joining Rising, Matthew worked for Principal Real Estate Investors, the real estate investment subsidiary of the The Principal Financial Group. While at Principal, Matthew was involved in the securitization of more than 200 commercial real estate loans with a total loan balance of more than $1 billion. In a subsequent role, Matthew provided investment credit analysis on a $7 billion portfolio of commercial mortgage backed securities.

Matthew has Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Accounting from Iowa State University, and a Master's Degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. Matthew is an active member of NAIOP and the Pension Real Estate Association.