Hans How works in the Investments and Developments division at Equity Residential, where he evaluates and executes direct equity investments for one of the largest apartment owners in the U.S.
From 2017-2019 Hans worked at PGIM Real Estate, a global real estate investment manager with $171B+ AUM, where he executed and managed real estate private equity investments within multifamily, office, retail, and industrial sectors. He also contributed to the formation of an impact-oriented investment fund focused on affordable housing and transformative developments in underserved neighborhoods in the U.S.
Hans is passionate about immigrant rights, environmental sustainability, and social impact. Hans currently co-leads AsylumConnect, a national nonprofit using technology to connect LGBTQ asylum seekers with safe and verified services and support. Since 2016, the AsylumConnect app has connected over 18,500 unique users with verified services in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Supporters include: Roddenberry Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Immigration Equality, Calamus Foundation, Foursquare for Good, and Urban Justice Center. AsylumConnect has been selected to be part of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship GSBI Accelerator focused on serving migrants, refugees, and human trafficking survivors. For his work on AsylumConnect, Hans has been featured on The Daily Beast, The Bay Area Reporter, and Teen Vogue. Hans was a panelist and speaker at Independent Sector's Upswell conference and National LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law conference where he advocated for the use of public good technology to help persecuted LGBTQ people seek safety in the age of Trump.
In 2019, Hans was nominated to be the NextGen LGBTQ Emerging Leaders Fellow by the Coca Cola Foundation and the Leadership Academy Fellow by Equality California. As a first-generation college graduate, Hans graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with full scholarships from the Freeman Foundation and the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce.