Aria Mehrabi

Pacific Star Capital


Job Functions: Acquisitions & Dispositions


Aria Mehrabi is a principal of Pacific Star Capital with over 20 years of operating experience in real estate. Aria began his career in comercial real estate, as Vice President of Acquisitions for an opportunity fund, RPD Catalyst, where he conducted acquisitions in commercial real estate deals, including stabilized and value added office and industrial projects in 20 different markets across the United States. Prior to RPD, Dr. Mehrabi worked privately in the residential multi-family sector and developed and sold multiple housing tracts and a portfolio of condominium projects in Southern California. Prior to joining the real estate industry, Aria worked as a risk consultant to the RAND Corporation and also lectured on international economics at Georgetown University. His op-eds and articles have appeared in the International Herald Tribune and other major publications. An advocate for women’s empowerment and security, he has been an annual contributor to the Protection Project of Johns Hopkins, an organization devoted to halting the practice of female trafficking across the world. Aria received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with a focus in economics, studying international monetary theory. He received his Master’s in Real Estate Development from The University of Southern California (USC), and his BA degree from The University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, serves on the Executive Board of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at USC, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). Dr. Mehrabi also holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Areas of Interest

Risk Profile
Deal Type
Acquisition, Development, Ground Lease, Loan Purchase, Opportunity Zone, Partner Buyout, Pre-Development, Recapitalization, Refinance, Rehabilitation
Property Type