Our Mission is to simplify the commercial real estate lending process to help you do more deals.

The District Difference

We're building the first integrated end to end technology platform (from sourcing to servicing) for Commercial Real Estate Mortgages. District is the modern commercial mortgage platform focused on building technology to streamline the borrower experience, automate deal and borrower underwriting and source deals more intelligently.


District's founding team pioneered online real estate investing and capital formation.  Our hypothesis was simple: middle market commercial real estate is underserved by larger financial institutions on both the debt and equity side and we can create a simpler, lower cost solution to specifically serve that market.  After 5 years building RealtyShares, District is our Encore.  District is a platform that combines over 5 years of online commercial real estate lending experience and over 50 years of traditional lending, capital markets, credit, and structuring experience to re-engineer the CRE Lending process.  Our goal is to shorten your loan cycles, reduce your cost of capital and help you do more deals.

Our Team

  • Nav Athwal
    Nav Athwal
    CEO & Co-Founder

    10+ years of real estate experience. Nav was the founder and CEO of RealtyShares. Nav was a real estate attorney at Farella Braun & Martel, where he represented clients on over $2bn in commercial real estate opportunities. Angel investor in tech and proptech startups, contributor to Forbes and guest lecturer at UC Berkeley Law School and Haas.

  • Arash Sotoodehnia
    Arash Sotoodehnia
    COO & Co-Founder

    20+ years of risk management experience. Most recently served as Chief Risk Officer at RealtyShares. Prior to that, Arash was Head of Risk Policy and Controls at CitiMortgage, where he was responsible for all mortgage policies governing origination, asset management and loss mitigation activites for the $160bn consumer mortgage portfolio.

  • Bill Lanting
    Bill Lanting
    CPO & Co-Founder

    Real Estate Professional of 35+ Years in finance, acquisition, development, renovations and operations of commercial real estate. Previously VP of Commerical Debt Originations at RealtyShares and prior to that VP of Loan Originations at Partners Capital and Loan Originator at Thorofare Capital.

  • Eduardo Pinheiro
    Eduardo Pinheiro

    Eduardo is a Software Engineer and current CTO of District. Pior to joining District, Eduardo was a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Google. During his decade-long career at Google, Eduardo wrote software ranging from data center automation, data mining and statistics, Android applications (most notably Gmail), to machine learning for improved browser security. Besides being a hands-on engineer, Eduardo also built and managed teams of various sizes. Eduardo has done a couple startups from the ground up, which is the way he likes to do it. Eduardo holds a PhD in computer science from Rutgers University.