Jim Valente leads RealFoundations global Data Services Team, which is focused on helping real estate firms collect, organize and manage their data to support the investment decision making process, as well as the tracking and reporting of performance. With a core background in investment strategy and research, Jim has helped many of the largest global investors and real estate managers align their investment strategies with benchmarking and tools to measure performance and manage risk. Jim previously served as the Head of US Research for ING Clarion and Bentall Kennedy, and as both the Head of Real Estate Product Management and the Global Head of Real Estate at MSCI, Inc. During his time at MSCI Jim created and launched the PREA/IPD suite of Property Fund Indexes and transformed their attribution and risk platforms for real estate.
Jim is an active member of the Pension Real Estate Association, Fellow of the Homer Hoyt Institute and is widely published in real estate academic and professional publications. Jim graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and the University of Connecticut with an MBA with concentrations in Real Estate and Finance.