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Jessica Hobbs


Mesa West Capital

Recently promoted to head of capital formation and business development at Mesa West

Viewed within the pension fund and institutional investor universe as a rising leader

Performed financial analysis on the $8.5-billion CityCenter mixed-use project in Las Vegas while with MGM Resorts

From the moment Jessica Hobbs joined Mesa West Capital in 2015, her impact on the company and its continued growth and success has been impossible to ignore, colleagues say. Based in Lons Angeles, she was recently promoted to head of capital formation and business development at Mesa West, the $8-billion real estate credit arm of Morgan Stanley Investment Management.  

One of Hobbs’ greatest strengths is her ability to interact and connect with people, and that ability allows her to connect on a very personal level. She has the rare ability to put people at ease and to convey to them that she and her colleagues understand what is important to them and find the common ground on which to achieve their common goal of success.  

“Jess is widely viewed within the pension fund and institutional investor universe as a rising leader in the industry and at Mesa West is instrumental in our fundraise activities,” said Mesa West CEO and co-founder Jeff Friedman. “Her efforts during her time at Mesa West have been nothing short of exemplary and her ability to develop strong and trusting relationships with our investors has been a huge part of our continued growth and success.”  

These are just a few of the reasons we chose Hobbs as one of the National 2021 Women in Real Estate Award winners. Connect CRE’s Women in Real Estate Awards honor the achievements and inspirational stories of women who have reached respected positions of leadership and play key mentorship roles for others. 


Inside The Story

Mesa West's Hobbs

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).