Sean Raft Joins Urban Catalyst as Chief Administrative Officer and Partner

Providing senior management overseeing organizational, financial, and legal strategies 

SAN JOSE, CA (March 12, 2019) – Urban Catalyst, a multi-asset Opportunity Zone Fund based in San Jose, announced Sean Raft as Chief Administrative Officer and Partner. A seasoned professional with substantial experience in real estate, law, and securities, prior to joining Urban Catalyst, Mr. Raft served as the Portfolio Manager of a real estate trust with over $100M in assets. He directly managed business accounts and employees, provided regular financial analysis, pursued investment opportunities, and negotiated and drafted contracts and various other transactional documents. Mr. Raft also served as General Counsel and Alliances Executive for CheyTac USA, LLC, an international manufacturing company, where he produced six-figure wins while serving as lead trial counsel, successfully implemented and executed legal strategies and negotiated and drafted contracts and term sheets for vertically- and horizontally-integrated partnerships.  

“I’m thrilled to be part of a company dedicated to delivering positive social impact in the communities where it invests,” says Raft. “I look forward to building a strong network of processes that ensure the internal operational needs of the company are met on schedule.”

As Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Raft will provide senior management and advice on company organizational, financial, and legal strategies by managing and overseeing third-party consultants. He will be based in the firm’s San Jose headquarters.

“Bringing Sean on board is an integral part of our internal strategy moving forward,” says Urban Catalyst President Erik Hayden. “With a long, successful track record in management, he brings depth and strength to the Urban Catalyst leadership that enables him to effectively manage key relationships within our business.”

Utilizing an experienced team of local professionals that understands Bay Area construction processes and asset management, Urban Catalyst is currently on track to raise $250 million over the next year.

About Urban Catalyst

Based in San Jose, Urban Catalyst is the first multi-asset Opportunity Zone Fund in the Bay Area focusing on downtown San Jose and downtown Oakland. Employing a world-class team of experienced local professionals to build out impact investment opportunities—multi-family, office, and industrial investment projects—Urban Catalyst is focused on advancing and improving the community while earning investors advantageous financial returns. Learn more at

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