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Investment Platform Canvas Names Brett Klein as COO 

Robert Morgenstern’s freshly capitalized real estate investment platform, Canvas, has appointed Brett Klein as COO. Klein will develop, implement and execute a corporate strategy to scale the Canvas platform, which focuses on institutional, Class-A New York metropolitan multifamily transactions, and guide its expansion into select markets nationally. 

The news follows Canvas’s July announcement of its partnership with Josh Harris’ family office, HRS Management, to invest more than $1 billion in multifamily properties. “With robust growth plans, we are in need of someone of Brett’s reputation and caliber to assist us in expanding the scope of the company,” said Morgenstern.  

Before joining Canvas, Klein served as CFO at EquityMultiple, and before that spent more than 13 years with NorthStar Asset Management Group. There, he was instrumental in orchestrating the organization’s growth from its 2004 IPO to having $38 billion in assets under management prior to its public merger in 2017. 


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