2014 Women of Influence: Beth O'Brien


BETH O’BRIEN joined Colony American Finance as president in March 2014 and is responsible for leading and growing all aspects of the company’s lending operations. She has been instrumental in designing new lending products for small and medium- sized investors to level the playing field in terms of access to cheaper captial.

Colony American Finance is one of the first specialty finance lenders dedicated exclusively to investors in single-family rentals, offering both acquisition financing and stbilized cash flow loans on SFR rental portfolios nationwide.

Prior to joining Colony American Finance, O’Brien was an executive vice president and managing director of Auction.com, running the residential capital markets division and leading pooled loan sales, financings and originations across the single-family and multifamily sectors.

O’Brien was also president of Auctionfinance.com, managing the associated bridge loan lender.

She has also served as director at Citi, where her RMBS trading and securitization responsibilities included client coverage of banks, insurance companies, government entities and hedge funds. She was also responsible for disposition strategy, portfolio management and targeted acquisitions in the portfolio.

“Beth is one of the rare people who have worked on Wall Street and retained their integrity, accessibility and kindness,” her nominator said.

O’Brien received her law degree from Georgetown and a bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.