President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kanne leads National’s efforts, including serving on the board of directors and serving as the Chairman of the Investment Committee.

Mr. Kanne led the growth and success of the NEBF’s in-house real estate investment operation and directed the formation of National. He has broad and diverse experience in the real estate investment and development process, with particular insight into legal, finance and construction aspects. Following service in the Peace Corps and work as a lumber trader, Mr. Kanne spent several years at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter. While there, he was involved in multi-billion dollar international debt restructurings, as well as complex real estate transactions, with a focus on the development projects of non-profit groups and universities. After forming the law firm of Counts & Kanne, Chartered, Mr. Kanne was intimately involved in structuring numerous complex investments in real estate development projects nationwide for institutional clients.

Mr. Kanne has more than 38 years of real estate experience and is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Pension Real Estate Association. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Maryland, and is a member of the Order of the Coif of the University of Iowa law school. Mr. Kanne received his B.A. in History and J.D. with high honors from the University of Iowa.