Meet the Merlone Geier Team
Executive Team and Investment Committee
Peter J. Merlone
Peter J. Merlone
Peter Merlone is a founder, co-owner and managing partner of the general partner entities of Merlone Geier Partners (“Merlone Geier”) and Merlone Geier Management (“MGM”). Mr. Merlone is also a founder, co-owner and president of the general partner entities of M&H Realty Partners (“M&H”), the predecessor to Merlone Geier, and was a founder and president of M&H Property Management (“MHPM”), the predecessor to MGM. From 1986 to 1993, prior to the formation of the first M&H fund, Mr. Merlone was the founder and owner of The Merlone Company, MHPM’s predecessor.
Mr. Merlone is a member of the Investment Committee and his primary responsibilities are to formulate and oversee the strategy, financial and operating affairs of Merlone Geier and the activities of MGM. Since 1993, Mr. Merlone has overseen thirteen institutional limited partnerships with aggregate equity capital commitments of $4.5 billion which have acquired 175 operating properties aggregating over 28.6 million square feet of retail improvements.
Mr. Merlone graduated from UCLA in 1979, simultaneously earning an undergraduate degree in economics, summa cum laude, and a master’s degree in education; he was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Bradley A. Geier
Bradley A. Geier
Brad Geier is a founder, co-owner and managing partner of the general partner entities of Merlone Geier and MGM and has also been a managing director of the general partner entities of M&H from its founding in 1993. From 1983 to 1993, prior to the formation of the first M&H fund, Mr. Geier held senior positions with Trammell Crow Company and The Taubman Company.
Mr. Geier is a member of the Investment Committee and his primary responsibilities are to formulate and execute Merlone Geier’s investment strategy, including the acquisition and disposition of properties and the oversight and direction of land development and joint venture investment activities. From 1994 to 2006, Mr. Geier was the lead partner handling the purchase and subsequent sale of nearly 50 properties aggregating in excess of ten million square feet. During this period, Mr. Geier also had primary responsibility for development entitlements across the portfolio. Since that time, Mr. Geier has completed the acquisition of an additional 123 properties aggregating 17.1 million square feet and has continued to oversee dispositions.
Mr. Geier graduated from Stanford University in 1979, earning an undergraduate degree in history with departmental honors. In 1983 he earned an MBA degree from Harvard University. Mr. Geier is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. He is a Director of H.G. Fenton Company and serves on the Policy Advisory Board Executive Committee of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego. In addition, Mr. Geier is a member of the Board of Directors of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, a former member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University, a lifetime trustee of The Bishop’s School, and a director of Positive Coaching Alliance, a non-profit focused on changing the culture of youth sports so that every child, regardless of social or economical circumstance, has access to a positive youth sports experience. He is resident in the firm’s San Diego office.
Scott A. McPherson
Scott A. McPherson
Scott McPherson has been with Merlone Geier and its predecessor entity since 1995. He is a Managing Partner and member of the Investment Committee. His primary responsibility has been serving as a senior project partner with a particular focus on project development, entitlement processing, leasing and coordinating personnel to ensure the execution of the Company’s strategy for each asset, including oversight of the firm’s large urban redevelopments. In 2017, Mr. McPherson became a co-managing partner for Merlone Geier’s twelfth fund.
Mr. McPherson has led many of the firm’s larger and more complicated property redevelopments including Santa Fe Springs Mall from 1998 to 2001, Oxnard Esplanade from 2000 to 2001, Mira Mesa Mall from 2000 to 2002 and from 2007 to 2011 he oversaw the entitlement processing and predevelopment activities for Delta Shores in Sacramento. Recently he has overseen NOHO West, Village at Laguna Hills, Northgate Mall, Commons at Federal Way, Overlake East Center and Northline Village among others.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. McPherson held positions at Donahue Schriber and C.W. Clark.
Mr. McPherson is a graduate of UCLA. He is an active participant in ICSC where he currently serves as a member of the ICSC Board of Trustees, is a member of Urban Land Institute and a licensed real estate broker. Mr. McPherson is also a past member of the Board of Directors and past President of the Monarch Ambassador Council of the Monarch School in San Diego, and a past member of the Board of Trustees of The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California. He is resident in the firm’s San Diego office.
Jonathan C. Lischke
Jonathan C. Lischke
Jonathan Lischke joined Merlone Geier in 2016. He is a member of the Investment Committee and his primary responsibilities are acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Lischke also assists with capital markets and project redevelopment.
Prior to joining Merlone Geier, Mr. Lischke was the Chief Investment Officer and a Partner at GPI Companies, a private investor, developer, and operator of retail, multifamily, office, and mixed-use properties in Southern California. Mr. Lischke helped launch GPI in 2009, build the portfolio to more than $550 million in assets under management, establish and invest a $200 million equity commitment (which was subsequently increased to $500 million) on behalf of a state pension fund. Prior to joining GPI, Mr. Lischke worked in acquisitions and development at Trammell Crow, MRP Realty, and The JBG Companies in Washington, DC.
Mr. Lischke graduated from Stanford University in 1997 earning an undergraduate degree in Economics with departmental honors. He was a four-year letterman on Stanford’s varsity swimming team that won a NCAA and four PAC-10 championships. In 2003, he earned an MBA degree from Harvard University. Mr. Lischke is an active participant in several real estate professional organizations including ULI, ICSC, NAIOP, and Stanford Professionals in Real Estate where he is a member of the Founder’s Circle and serves on the Stanford Real Estate Council. In addition, Mr. Lischke is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Gillispie School where he serves as President. He is resident in the firm’s San Diego office.
Gabriela F. Parcella
Gabriela F. Parcella
Gabriela (Gabby) Parcella joined Merlone Geier in 2018. Ms. Parcella is President of Merlone Geier Management, LLC (MGM). She is a member of the Investment Committee where she shares oversight of investment management strategy with Messrs. Merlone, Geier, McPherson and Lischke. She also has primary responsibility for oversight of MGM’s leasing, property management, capital markets, asset management and accounting teams.
Prior to joining Merlone Geier, Ms. Parcella was the Chairman, President and CEO of Mellon Capital, a $380 billion institutional investment management firm focused on index and multi-asset strategies. For seven years, Ms. Parcella oversaw and coordinated the fully-integrated company including Investments, Operations, Distribution, Legal, Regulatory and Compliance. During her 20-year career at Mellon Capital, Ms. Parcella held numerous other leadership roles. Prior to Mellon Capital, Ms. Parcella was a tax attorney at Orrick.
Ms. Parcella graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, earning a M.A. in Professional Accounting and a B.A. in Business Administration, both with High Honors. In 1994, she earned a J.D. with Distinction from the Stanford Law School and was elected Business Manager of the school’s Law Review. She is admitted to the California State Bar and is fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Parcella serves as an Independent Trustee on the Dodge & Cox Funds Board of Trustees. Ms. Parcella is a member of the Stanford Law School and the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Dean’s Advisory Councils and the Stanford Real Estate Council. She was formerly a director of Terreno Realty Corporation (NYSE:TRNO), an industrial REIT with a strategic focus in six major U.S. coastal markets, and the chair of the Board of Schools of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco.
Ms. Parcella was named one of the area’s “Most Influential Women” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2016. In 2017, Fortune and ALPFA ranked her third on their “50 Most Powerful Latinas in Corporate America.” In 2020, Ms. Parcella received the University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award. She is resident in the firm’s San Francisco office.
- Management Committee
- Leasing & Entitlement
- Design & Construction
- Property Management & Lease Administration
- Asset Management, Capital Markets & Finance