Ari Beliak

President & CEO

Ari Beliak is President and CEO of Merritt Community Capital.. Throughout his career, Beliak has been instrumental in the development of over 10,000 affordable housing units.

Under Ari’s leadership, Merritt has closed the two largest funds in its history (Fund 23 and Fund 24) and, cumulatively, almost 40% of the $1.4 billion in capital raised over the past 30 years. Ari has grown the organization and granted over $2 million to Commitment to California

Prior to Merritt, Ari spent seven years as Senior Vice President for Bank of America, leading the $2.2 billion financing of the nation’s largest affordable housing project, the San Francisco Rental Assistance Demonstration.

Ari’s rich background includes practicing law for Sidley Austin, serving in various real estate finance capacities at Wells Fargo Bank, and consulting for A.T. Kearney.

Ari, recognized in 2016 as a “Top 40 under 40” in the San Francisco Business Journal, received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley before earning a joint JD/MBA from the UC Hastings College of Law and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.