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

Prior to joining Rising, Matt worked for Principal Real Estate Investors, the real estate investment subsidiary of the Principal Financial Group. While at Principal, Matt 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, Matt provided investment credit analysis on a $7 billion portfolio of commercial mortgage-backed securities.

Matt earned his bachelor’s in finance and accounting from Iowa State University and received a master's in real estate development from the University of Southern California. Matt is also an active member of NAIOP and the Pension Real Estate Association.