Shekar Narasimhan is Chairman and Founder of the AAPI Victory Fund, one of the first of its
kind SuperPac’s focused exclusively on building the political power of the Asian American
Pacific Islander community.
In his business life, Shekar is the Managing Partner at Beekman Advisors which provides
strategic advisory services to companies and investors involved in real estate, mortgage finance,
affordable housing and related sectors. Shekar is a Co-Founder for the Remergent Communities
Fund, an Opportunity Zone Fund, focusing on small towns and cities in the Southeast U.S. He
also serves as Chairman of Papillon Capital, focused on sustainable infrastructure investing.
Prior to Beekman Advisors, Shekar Narasimhan was a Managing Director of Prudential
Mortgage Capital Company, one of the nation’s leading providers of commercial mortgage
Immediately prior to Shekar’s time at Prudential, he was Chairman & CEO of the
WMF Group, a publicly traded, commercial mortgage financial services company. WMF was
one of the largest such firms in the country before being acquired by Prudential in 2000.
Shekar is currently serving on the boards of Broadstone Net Lease, Inc., Enterprise Community
Partners, Inc. and the Democracy Alliance.
He is on the Economic Advisory Council for the Center for American Progress and is a member of the Urban Institute’s Policy Leadership Council. He has served on many boards, including the Low Income Investment Fund, the Community Preservation and Development Corporation, the National Housing Conference and the National Multi Housing Council. He is a sought-after speaker on housing finance and affordable housing and is considered a leading expert on rental housing issues in the United
Shekar was appointed by Governors McAuliffe and Northam of Virginia as a Commissioner for
the Virginia Housing Development Authority and served as its Chairman from 2019-2021.
Previously, he also served as a Member of the Board for Housing and Community Development
in Virginia, and as a Commissioner on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders. He was on the founding board of Indiaspora, a nonprofit
organization founded by community leaders to unite Indian Americans and to transform their
success into meaningful impact in India and on the global stage. He was also Co-Founder of
Upakar Foundation, a higher education scholarship fund. Shekar also co-founded and is
President of the Dharma Into Action (DhIA) Foundation.
Shekar has served several terms on the Mortgage Bankers Association of America (MBA) Board
of Directors, was the first Chair of the MBA’s Commercial/Multifamily Board of Governors, and
founded its Multifamily Steering Committee. He was elected as the first Chair of the Fannie Mae
DUS Advisory Committee.