Sharon Nakamura-Brown

Sharon Nakamura-Brown

Managing Director
Center for Real Estate

MPAA 110



MBA, University of Southern California
BA in Economics, UC Los Angeles

Sharon Nakamura-Brown was recruited in 2008 to co-lead the newly established Center for Real Estate, a Center of Excellence at the Paul Merage School of Business. As Managing Director and Chief Development Officer she is responsible for the Center’s general management of the real estate program including recruitment, development and management of the industry board; fundraising activities; student and alumni programs including co-curricular educational opportunities; curriculum development; professional outreach; and various external educational programs.  She has close to 3 decades years of professional experience in both the public and private business sectors. 

Previous to this position, she was appointed as the first industry director of the UCLA Anderson School’s Ziman Center for Real Estate where she formed its original founding board, established fundraising programs and various professional outreach programs. She was Co-Founder and COO of RENTV.COM, a real estate media company; held positions as Vice President at several business units at Kennedy Wilson International (NYSE:KWIC); and has also served as Controller & Project manager of R&T Development, a Mitsubishi Trust – Takenaka joint venture development and investment firm based in Los Angeles Sharon holds a BA in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business and was a former president of the UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group, and member of the USC Real Estate Alumni and Friends.   Sharon is also active raising her children through participating and volunteering in their sports (baseball, football, lacrosse), music (guitar, drums, piano), and extra-curricular (girl scouts, community service) activities.