Matt Drinen

Principal, Emerald Capital Strategic Advisors

Matt Drinen serves as a Principal of Emerald Capital Strategic Advisors (“Emerald Capital”), as well as Vice President of Development for Green Street Real Estate Ventures (“Green Street”).  Matt has over 11 years experience in Finance and Banking with respect to New Markets & Historic Tax Credits, and Opportunity Zone Investments. His experience spans the structuring, closing, and managing developments for those tax credits and investments.

Prior to joining Green Street and Emerald Capital, Matt spent 6 years at US Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC) and 4.5 years at Clifton Larson Allen. At USBCDC, Matt was as an Officer in Asset Management and managed a portfolio consisting of over $1 Billion in total commitment. At USBCDC, he was responsible for ensuring USBCDC’s investment returns were realized as underwritten. Matt was involved in restructuring and modifying USBCDC’s investments. He was also responsible for creating and developing processes and procedures as to how USBCDC’s investments should be monitored for performance and compliance risks.

At CLA, Matt Drinen lead the New Markets Tax Credit and co-lead the Opportunity Zone Fund practice. At CLA Matt has assisted in closing over $300MM in Opp. Zone/NMTC project financing and has assisted in securing over $100MM in NMTC Allocation.

Matt also serves as a Principal of Emerald Capital.

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