Executive Team

Matt Avital - Principal & Founder

Matt Avital is the principal and founder of Ascenda Capital. Matt was born and raised in Long Island, New York, and has spent the last decade working in the multifamily asset space through a variety of different capacities. He leverages his vast experience in development, acquisitions, and financing to innovate and come up with creative ways to solve challenging real estate problems and add value to his partner’s businesses. In 2018, Matt moved from New York to Los Angeles and subsequently founded Ascenda Capital. Before founding Ascenda Capital, Matt worked as a principal at a private real estate investment company in New York City. Matt has closed more than $1 billion in transactions across acquisitions, development, and financing throughout his career. Matt lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and two kids.

Brett Beck - VP of Acquisitions

Brett Beck is the Vice President of Acquisitions at Ascenda Capital. As VP of acquisitions, Brett oversees all facets of the company’s acquisitions activity, including sourcing investment opportunities, underwriting, managing and maintaining relationships with brokers and sellers, and ultimately executing the purchase of multifamily assets. Brett grew up in Las Vegas, NV and graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. Prior to joining Ascenda Capital, Brett worked at a multifamily brokerage in Los Angeles where he developed strong skills in financial modeling and supported one of the top producing brokerage teams in LA. Brett spends his free time exercising, reading, and spending time with his dog Booker.

Brendan McCashin - VP of Development

Brendan McCashin is the Vice President of Development at Ascenda Capital. As VP of development, Brendan oversees all facets of the company’s ground-up development activity, from the design phase through project completion. Brendan also manages the company’s land acquisition activity, facilitating the strategic acquisition of entitled land that fit the company’s development goals and needs. Brendan grew up in Houston, TX and graduated with a B.S. from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Prior to joining Ascenda Capital, Brendan worked at a privately held family office real estate private equity firm in Illinois where he was responsible for monitoring the performance of the company’s real estate portfolio. In his free time, Brendan likes to produce music and spend time with his friends & family.