President & CEO
Ari Beliak is President and CEO of Merritt Community Capital, California’s mission-based non-profit investor in affordable housing. Throughout his career, Beliak has been instrumental in the development of over 8,500 affordable housing units.
Under Ari’s leadership, Merritt closed on its two largest funds in history, raising over $200 million and bringing Merritt’s total affordable housing investment in California past the one-billion-dollar threshold.
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.