Piedmont Capital is proud to announce our newest team member, Elena Shenkar, a Loan Advisor bringing 20-plus years of business owner and executive leadership experience. Prior to her career in commercial real estate, she was a successful restaurateur with multiple high-end restaurants across California; a director of operations for an early-stage start up; and a partner in a finance company where she successfully originated and placed debt for various asset classes. With an earned JD, Elena is an accomplished contract negotiator, which complements her skills in capital sourcing, investment analysis, and mortgage closings. Raised in a real estate family in San Francisco, California, Elena also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance, from the University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business. She attended Whittier Law School and passed the California bar exam. Elena is fluent in Russian and is licensed in California as a Realtor and Loan Originator.