Investors

Officers

Kenneth F. Bernstein
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kenneth F. Bernstein is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Acadia Realty Trust, the retail real estate investment trust (REIT) that he co-founded in 1998. Acadia (NYSE:AKR) remains focused on delivering long-term, profitable growth for all of its stakeholders via its dual – core and fund – operating platforms and its disciplined, location-driven investment strategy. The company is accomplishing this goal by building a best-in-class core real estate portfolio with meaningful concentrations of assets in the nation’s most dynamic street-retail corridors and making profitable opportunistic and value-add investments through its series of discretionary, institutional funds.

Mr. Bernstein previously served as Chief Operating Officer of RD Capital, Inc., a privately-held investment company that merged with publicly-traded REIT Mark Centers Trust in 1998, creating Acadia Realty Trust. Prior to that, Mr. Bernstein was an associate with New York-based law firm Battle Fowler LLP.

Mr. Bernstein received his B.A. from the University of Vermont and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. Mr. Bernstein is a Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the past co-chair of the ICSC Open-Air Centers Committee. He is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and formerly served on its Board of Governors. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Real Estate Roundtable, and the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), where he is a member of the Board of Advisors and was the founding chairman of the Real Estate Network. Mr. Bernstein is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Real Estate at Baruch College and serves on the Boards of BRT Realty Trust (NYSE:BRT) and Golub Capital (NASDAQ:GBDC).
Joel Braun
Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer
Joel Braun is responsible for all merger and acquisition activities at Acadia. He has been Chief Investment Officer and Senior Vice President of the Company since August 1998 and was named Executive Vice President in 2007. Prior to joining Acadia, Joel was Vice President of Acquisitions for RD Capital, Inc. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Boston University and a Master's Degree in Planning from The Johns Hopkins University.
Christopher Conlon
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
As Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Conlon is responsible for investments in retail, mixed-use and urban redevelopment opportunities for the Company, in both existing and new markets. In addition, he is responsible for the design and implementation of leasing strategies for Acadia. Mr. Conlon joined Acadia with over 20 years experience in the retail real estate and development industry. Prior to joining Acadia, Mr. Conlon was a Partner at Ripco Real Estate Corporation, responsible for the leasing and development/redevelopment of neighborhood centers, vertical urban retail centers, and mixed-use properties with retail components. Mr. Conlon received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law.
Jason Blacksberg, Esq.
Sr. Vice President, General Counsel
Mr. Blacksberg is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Acadia. He is accountable for leading and executing Acadia’s legal strategy and affairs. Prior to joining Acadia in 2014, Mr. Blacksberg was Senior Vice President of Investments & Assistant General Counsel at the Trump Organization, where he spearheaded several complex real estate and commercial transactions. Prior to joining Trump, Mr. Blacksberg was an Associate at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Mr. Blacksberg began his legal career as a Law Clerk to Chief Judge Marilyn Huff in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of CA. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Timothy Collier
Sr. Vice President, Leasing
Mr. Collier joined Acadia’s Leasing team in 2011. He is responsible for new deals, the retention and growth of existing tenants in the portfolio’s legacy properties, fund assets as well as future development projects. Prior to joining Acadia, Mr. Collier worked for Kimco Realty Corporation leasing in their New England/Northeast Region. Mr. Collier also worked at Pyramid Management Group as well as Eklecco, LLC at the Palisades Center in West Nyack, NY. Mr. Collier received his B.A. from State University of New York at Oswego, is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of the ICSC.
John Gottfried
Sr. Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Gottfried is responsible for all accounting, financial reporting, budgeting/forecasting, real estate finance, capital market activities, tax and treasury. Mr. Gottfried joined Acadia in June 2016 after 18 years at PwC, where he was a Partner and most recently served as the assurance leader of PwC’s New York City Real Estate practice. Mr. Gottfried earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton and is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Richard M. Hartmann
Sr. Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Hartmann is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the accounting department. Prior to joining Acadia in 1997, Mr. Hartmann was employed at Kimco Realty Corporation as a senior accountant and Coopers and Lybrand as a senior associate. Mr. Hartmann is a Certified Public Accountant and received a Master of Science in Real Estate Finance from New York University in 1999 and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra University in 1988.
Heather Moore, Esq.
Sr. Vice President, Associate General Counsel
Mrs. Moore has been a member of the legal department at Acadia since 2003. She is responsible for overseeing the leasing and landlord/tenant related matters and redevelopment projects, as well as the employment/human resource issues for the company. Prior to joining Acadia, Mrs. Moore worked at the law firm of Shutts and Bowen, LLP in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and from 1997 to 2000 she was an associate with the law firm of Tripp Scott, P.A. Mrs. Moore received her B.B.A. in Legal Studies with honors, as well as her J.D., from the University of Miami in 1994 and 1997, respectively. She is a member of the Florida Bar.
Joseph M. Napolitano
Sr. Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
Mr. Napolitano is Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Acadia. He is accountable for managing the company’s property management, human resources, marketing and information technology disciplines. Mr. Napolitano has been with the company since January 1995. Mr. Napolitano holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Adelphi University, and is a Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS) as certified by the Human Capital Institute, is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) by the Institute of Real Estate Management, and is a Real Property Administrator (RPA) by the Building Owners and Managers Institute International. Mr. Napolitano is also a board member for DDI (Developmental Disabilities Institute), a non-profit, multi-site agency serving the special needs of children with Autism and other developmental disabilities, for which he serves on the property committee.
Mark O'Connor
Sr. Vice President, Property Management
Mr. O’Connor oversees the management team that operates Acadia’s portfolio of properties. This includes the day to day operations such as repairs and maintenance, contract administration, loss prevention, tenant and city/municipality relations, capital improvements, budgeting and financial responsibility, construction, and more. Mr. O’Connor also oversees Acadia’s risk management department. Mr. O’Connor is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, is a Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM, ICSC) and a licensed New York State Real Estate Salesperson. Prior to joining Acadia in 2007, Mr. O’Connor was employed in the property management discipline with Simon Property Group (1997-2007) and Central Parking Corporation (1992-1997).
Amy L. Racanello
Sr. Vice President, Capital Markets & Investments
As Senior Vice President of Capital Markets & Investments, Ms. Racanello leads all aspects of Acadia’s institutional fund platform, including capital raising, valuations, financial reporting, and investor relations. She is also responsible for Acadia’s corporate communications and has been a member of the company’s seven-person investment committee since 2012. Prior to joining Acadia, Ms. Racanello completed GE Capital’s Financial Management Program. Ms. Racanello graduated summa cum laude from the Carroll School of Management Honors Program at Boston College with a bachelor of science in management with a dual concentration in finance and corporate reporting & analysis.
John Swagerty
Sr. Vice President, Development
John Swagerty joined Acadia in 2011 and oversees all value-add development activities across Acadia’s core and fund operating platforms, which include street-retail properties and suburban shopping centers. Mr. Swagerty is responsible for all aspects of the value-add process, including entitlements and permitting, concept design, leasing and construction coordination, and financial projections and reporting. Prior to Acadia, Mr. Swagerty served as Vice President of Retail Development for Forest City Enterprises, overseeing the development process of large-scale, complex urban projects. Mr. Swagerty received a BA from Yale University and a M.S. in Real Estate Development from New York University.
Steven F. Adler
Vice President, Taxation
Mr. Adler is responsible for supervising Acadia’s tax reporting and tax structuring. Prior to joining Acadia in December 2008, Mr. Adler served as Chief Financial Officer of a New York based developer and opportunity fund manager. Previously, he was a principal in Ernst & Young’s real estate tax practice, where he focused on serving REITs and opportunity funds. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Mr. Adler was Chief Financial Officer for a real estate mezzanine fund, a real estate investment banker for several major Wall Street firms, and a tax accountant. He holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.
Maria Caronna
Vice President, Cash Management
Maria Caronna has been part of the Acadia Team for over 22 years. Mrs. Caronna is responsible for overseeing all Treasury functions, including daily cash operations, Banking relationships and audit compliance. Mrs. Caronna strives to keep Fraud Prevention and Fraud Protection considerations in the forefront, proactively researching and implementing current industry recommendations. Mrs. Caronna holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Farmingdale State College and graduated with Latin Honors, Magna Cum Laude.
David Craine
Vice President, Financial Reporting
Mr. Craine is responsible for overseeing all of Acadia’s SEC financial reporting. Mr. Craine has been with the Company since 2005. Mr. Craine is a Certified Public Accountant and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cornell University in 2001.
Rebecca Ferguson
Vice President, Human Capital
As Vice President, Human Capital, Mrs. Ferguson is responsible for strategically aligning Human Capital with corporate strategy. She champions employee development and cultural innovation to create a contemporary workplace. Mrs. Ferguson has been with the company since February 2005. Prior to joining Acadia, Mrs. Ferguson worked for George Comfort & Sons, a commercial real estate management firm. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Manhattan College.
Meghan Kruger
Vice President, Leasing
Ms. Kruger came to Acadia’s Leasing team in 2012. She is focused on sourcing tenants for Acadia’s urban and high street assets and additionally, maintaining and nurturing relationships within the existing portfolio. Prior to joining Acadia she worked at Lewis Retail Centers in Southern California leasing their lifestyle and neighborhood centers. Ms. Kruger also worked at Cushman & Wakefield in Budapest, Hungary, focused on high street leasing. Ms. Kruger received her B.S. from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Florida and licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the State of California.
Reginald  Livingston
Vice President, Acquisitions
Mr. Livingston is responsible for the sourcing, underwriting and execution of core and value-add investments. Additionally, he directs the Asset Management of select properties in Acadia’s opportunity fund vehicles. Prior to joining Acadia, Mr. Livingston was a Principal at TerraMark, LLC a development joint venture with Fisher Brothers in New York . Prior to TerraMark, he was a member of the Acquisition and Asset Management teams of UrbanAmerica, LP, a private equity real estate fund focused on retail and office assets. Mr. Livingston received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University School of Law.
Douglas R. Miller
Vice President, Lease Administration
Mr. Miller is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Lease Administration Department, which includes all of the billings, collections and audit compliance for the entire portfolio as well as the Tenant Coordination function. Prior to joining Acadia in September 2005, Mr. Miller was Director of Lease Administration for New Plan Excel (currently Brixmor) and Senior Commission Accountant for Cushman & Wakefield, compiling over twenty years of real estate experience. Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Boston University.
Robert Pappa
Vice President, Controller

Mr. Pappa is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the accounting department. Prior to joining Acadia in 2007, Mr. Pappa was employed at Urstadt Biddle Properties as a property accountant and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.

David Rodriguez
Vice President, Information Technology
David Rodriguez is the VP of Information Technology and has been with Acadia since 2013. With over 25 years of experience, David has been instrumental in our efforts to expand and protect the business by leveraging cloud computing technologies. David has held numerous senior management positions for various companies in the Hospitality, Manufacturing and Retail industry. His last position was Director of Operations and Solutions Architect for Align, a prestigious IT consulting firm supporting financial institutions in the Wall Street area. David’s specialties include Cloud Technology, Network Design, Cyber Security and Compliance Auditing.
Kellie Varden Shapiro
Vice President, Risk Management
Mrs. Shapiro is the Vice President of Risk Management at Acadia Realty Trust. She works closely with all departments within the organization and heads the risk management function analyzing, developing and implementing an enterprise risk management process. Mrs. Shapiro is the co-chair of the Company’s enterprise risk management committee, a company-wide group that sets the stage for Acadia’s approach to risk management, the development of best practices in loss prevention, loss control and safety at the Company’s development projects as well as its stabilized properties. She is involved in the review and drafting of insurance requirements in all written agreements as well as coordinating the purchase of all types of insurance including an owner controlled insurance program for a very large NYC development project. She oversees the claims handling process and negotiates settlements with insurance carriers. In addition, she provides support for all transactions including development, acquisitions, dispositions and financings in both the core and opportunity fund portfolios. Mrs. Shapiro has been employed by Acadia since 2007 and has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with a major in Risk Management/Insurance from Georgia State University. Beginning her career in 1990, she held senior underwriting positions with both Executive Risk Management Associates and Chubb Group of Insurance Companies working with numerous Fortune 500, private equity and hedge fund clients on their directors and officers, errors and omissions, employment practices liability, fiduciary, fidelity bonds, kidnap ransom as well as property and liability policies. In addition, Mrs. Shapiro was a financial products insurance broker with Marsh & McLennan, Inc. in Atlanta from 1995 to 1998.
Karen Yamrus
Asst. Vice President, Senior Paralegal
Ms. Yamrus has been a member of the Acadia legal team since its inception in 1998 and has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. She concentrates her efforts in the commercial real estate area in negotiating, drafting and documenting retail lease agreements and related legal contracts. Prior to joining Acadia, Ms. Yamrus worked for Mark Centers Trust as Senior Paralegal from 1987 to 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Legal Assistant Certification from King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Ms. Yamrus maintains membership in the International Council of Shopping Centers and is also licensed as a Real Estate Sales person by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.