Founder and Executive Chairman
Ryan A. Williams founded Cadre in 2014 to begin to level the playing field in commercial real estate investing, leveraging technology to provide institutions and individuals access to previously inaccessible real estate and alternative investment opportunities. The next-generation platform uniquely empowers individual investors to invest alongside institutions with lower minimums and fees than traditional private equity and offers first-of-its kind liquidity through a secondary trading market.
Ryan, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and serial entrepreneur, has founded and scaled multiple companies over the past fifteen years. More recently, he started investing in real estate as an undergraduate student at Harvard University. Seeing the dislocation that resulted from the 2008 financial crisis, Ryan pooled funds from his classmates to acquire foreclosed homes in the Atlanta area, frequently working with previous owners to remain in their homes and eventually buy them back. This experience cemented in Ryan an ethos to “do well and do good.”
After graduating from Harvard, Ryan worked at Goldman Sachs in its technology, media, and telecom group, and then at The Blackstone Group in its real estate private equity division.
Ryan is regularly profiled as a top Founder and CEO. He was featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine in 2019 and has written extensively about the urgent need for social and economic justice for all members of society. Cadre is dedicated to doing business with local operators from diverse backgrounds and with community and Black-owned banks.
Ryan and his family live in Brooklyn.