With over 100 years of combined experience in real estate operations, finance and law, the Scion leadership team is a driving force behind Scion’s continued growth and success.

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Executive Team


Rob Bronstein


Robert Bronstein co-founded Scion and has led its growth… READ MORE

Robert Bronstein co-founded Scion and has led its growth over 20 years from a two-person consulting practice to North America’s leading private owner, operator and advisor of student housing, with nearly 1,300 employees. His experience in financing, developing, acquiring, operating and advising student housing spans more than 70,000 beds and over $6.0 billion of project value.

Eric Bronstein

Executive Vice President

Eric Bronstein co-founded Scion and manages the company’s… READ MORE

Eric Bronstein co-founded Scion and manages the company’s acquisitions and capital transactions, along with serving as its General Counsel. He has over 20 years’ experience in finance, real estate and commercial transactions, including as in-house counsel for a Fortune 100 company and in private law practice.

Avi Lewittes

Chief Investment Officer

Avi Lewittes is responsible for the development… READ MORE

Avi Lewittes is responsible for the development and implementation of Scion’s investment, capital raising and corporate strategies. He has overseen Scion’s deployment of more than $4.8 billion in the acquisition of over 75 student housing communities, helping to position Scion as a leading owner/operator of the sector. Avi has 25 years of corporate and real estate finance experience, including over 20 years at major Wall Street investment banks and three years as the Chief Investment Officer for a healthcare REIT.

Mitchell Smith

Chief Operating Officer

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Mitchell Smith is responsible for directing strategy and operations across the company’s owned and managed portfolio. His oversight encompasses all aspects of property operations, redevelopment activities, revenue & sales, branding & marketing, talent development, PropTech, various strategic initiatives and corporate administration. Since joining in 2007, he has led the organizational development of the company. Under his leadership, and with a team of nearly 1,200, Scion has consistently delivered industry-leading results while growing to become the largest private owner and operator of student housing in the U.S.

Senior Management Team

Nicole Beach

Vice President, Administration

Jennifer Foley

Vice President, Financial Management

Jessica Graves

Regional Vice President, Operations

Eric Luskin, CPM

Senior Vice President Emeritus

Clayton Merritt

Vice President, Acquisitions

David Mullenix

Vice President, Information Technology

Jay Pearlman

Senior Vice President, Advisory Services

Christina Poore

Regional Vice President, Operations

Derek Sobczak

Senior Vice President, Accounting

Keith Thompson

Regional Vice President, Operations

Shonté Thompson

Regional Vice President, Operations

Michael Weaver

Vice President, Legal Affairs

Management Team

Ranju Ahuja

Director, Facilities

Scott Brizell

Director, IT Support

Kate Cassidy

Director, Talent

Maegan Cisbani

Director, Tax and REIT Compliance

Krystle Coleman

Director, Operations

Ciara Dean

Director, Training

Bridget Fergus

Director, Corporate Accounting

Erika Garcia

Director, Property Systems

Spencer Jones

Director, Revenue Management

Chelsea Koudelka

Director, Human Resources

Lauren Merritt

Director, Brand & Marketing

Katherine Schlesak

Director, Accounts Payable

Jonathan Stevens

Director, Performance Management

Ken Stokes

Director, IT Operations

Jeff Vittorio

Director, Accounting

Roger Vollmer

Director, Accounting