Our Management Team

Jeffrey Lipton

Chief Executive Officer, Chairman & Co-Founder

Since co-founding Anchor Loans in 1998, CEO Jeff Lipton's vision has helped grow Anchor from a real estate investment start-up to an established financial institution with over $2 billion in total private money loan volume—with approximately $500 million in 2014. Mr. Lipton established the Company's lending platform, led Anchor's successful navigation of the 2008-2009 national credit crisis, and in the last five years has been a driving force behind the hyper-growth in Anchor's loan business. Mr. Lipton also serves as the Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors.

Mr. Lipton's more than 20 years of real estate experience and his keen ability to identify trends in the market have created tremendous value for investors and resulted in strong profits and significant growth for the Company. He also plays a key role in strategic planning and business development. Prior to co-founding Anchor Loans, at age 26 Mr. Lipton worked as a buyer for Broadway Department, Inc, a division of Carter Hawley Hall, where he had an 8-year career in the retail industry.

Mr. Lipton credits his New York City roots for firing his drive for success, his competitive edge and tenacity. He now resides in Palos Verdes, CA with his wife. In his free time he enjoys attending Lakers and Clippers games and  fishing for salmon in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Lipton is also involved in the Local community of Palos Verdes where he is currently on the executive board of the Palos Verdes Peninsula education foundation, as well as a trusteee. Formerly, Mr Lipton spent three years on the Peninsula High School Booster Club where he served as treasurer and was a member of the executive board. Lipton also serves and contributes toward a number of public service and non-profit causes

Steve Pollack

President & Co-Founder

Steve Pollack

Dr. Pollack is a Co-Founder of Anchor Loans and serves as President of the company. He oversees the administration of investor and borrower services, as well as the servicing of Anchor’s loan portfolio. Dr. Pollack is a licensed mortgage broker with over 30 years of experience in real estate, through which he has garnered extensive knowledge of information systems and loan servicing procedures. He has been integral as a liaison with the Company's IT department in developing Anchor's proprietary workflow software. Mr. Pollack is a member of Anchor's Board of Directors, and also sits on the board of the California Mortgage Association, where he serves as Vice President.

In the decade prior to his independent real estate ventures and the founding of Anchor Loans, Dr. Pollack ran a successful optometry practice in Stockton, CA, where he served as President of the San Joaquin Optometric Association. As an Associate Clinical Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, Dr. Pollack was one of the youngest faculty members in the history of the school.

Dr. Pollack holds a Doctorate (O.D.) in Optometry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Originally from New York, Dr. Pollack now resides with his wife and son in Westlake Village, CA. When not surveying investment opportunities, he enjoys refereeing soccer games, practicing martial arts, traveling the world, reading, playing golf and volunteering his time with non-profits.

Alexander Lehmann

Chief Technology Officer 

Mr. Lehmann serves as the Director of Information Technology at Anchor Loans and is a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Lehmann's department provides the company with innovative solutions that enhance every aspect of Anchor's business—streamlining complicated daily logistics and maintaining productive work flow.

Mr. Lehman also works with the Company's executive team to develop state-of-the-art software that keeps Anchor at the forefront of the industry. The classification algorithms his IT team has built into Anchor's software give the Company a unique ability to identify real estate investment opportunity, as well as determine values, with high precision. 

Mr. Lehmann has a Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He is a successful entrepreneur who spent his younger days as a professional chess, backgammon and poker player. He has extensive experience developing artificial intelligence applications that provide solutions to difficult business problems. 

Originally from Stony Brook, NY, Mr. Lehmann maintains a residence in Fullerton, CA with his wife and two young sons. His free time is spent with his friends and family, enjoying food and travel.



Dan Harrington


Dan Harrington

Mr. Harrington is a co-founder and former member of the Board of Directors of Anchor Loans, where he has brought more than 20 years of experience as a real estate investor and mortgage broker. Prior to real estate, he was an attorney practicing real estate and bankruptcy law, and served as a partner of Boston-based law firm Member & Harrington for over a decade. Mr. Harrington retired from Anchor Loans in 2010, but remains a shareholder.

Mr. Harrington is also an accomplished professional poker and backgammon player. His achievements include winning the World Series of Poker, the WPT Legends Championship of Poker, the National Backgammon Championship, the Massachusetts State Chess Championship, and appearing on the cover of Forbes magazine. He has authored the “Harrington on Hold ‘em” series of poker books, which are currently the best selling volumes written on the subject. He credits poker and backgammon for sharpening his instincts and refining his understanding of equity while developing his conservative approach to transactions.

A Massachusetts native, Mr. Harrington holds a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and a B.A. in Government and History from Suffolk University.

Shane Lex

Director of Originations

As Director of Originations for Anchor Loans, Mr. Lex oversees and directs the origination, valuation and underwriting of residential and commercial real estate lending.

Over the years, Mr. Lex has developed strong business connections with a wide range of real estate professionals in California to include residential private money lenders, real estate wholesalers, residential and commercial real estate agents and brokers, loan officers and mortgage brokers, escrow officers, real estate attorneys, general contractors, REO brokers, asset managers, and individual residential and commercial real estate investors. His expertise includes in-depth residential and commercial real estate investment analysis, residential and commercial real estate evaluation, direct loan underwriting, loan origination and all aspects of residential real estate acquisitions.

Mr. Lex has been in the real estate industry since 2002 and received his Real Estate Finance Degree from California State University, Fullerton, College of Business and Economics in 2005.


Lance Spencer

Director of Originations

As Director of Originations for Anchor Loans, Lance Spencer oversees and directs the origination, valuation and underwriting of residential and commercial real estate lending.

Mr. Spencer brings extensive experience in real estate acquisitions with him to this role, including in-depth knowledge of valuation, project management and all aspects of construction scheduling, logistics and compliance.

Mr. Spencer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from California State University, Long Beach.  He currently resides in North Tustin, CA with his wife, Christina and two children, Taylor and Payton.

Zack Streit

Director of Originations

Zack Streit

Mr. Streit serves as Director of Originations for Anchor Loans. He is responsible for originating, underwriting and closing bridge loans secured by residential investment properties.

Mr. Streit has 7 years of real estate investment experience and has underwritten over $5BN in debt and equity investment opportunities. Previous positions include: Vice President at Colony American Finance, a Colony American Homes and Colony Capital affiliate; Founder and Manager of Streit Lending, the Streit Family’s private bridge and construction lending business; and, Associate in Aviva Investors’ Global Real Estate Multi-Manager Group. Mr. Streit has a M.S. in Real Estate Finance from New York University, a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Yeshiva University. 

 Mr. Streit is a licensed real estate broker and attorney in the State of California. Mr. Streit is a Los Angeles native who spends his free time with his family and friends. He enjoys boxing, tennis, skiing and trips to the mountains. .

 Matt Ediger 

 Vice President, Construction & Development

In his position as Vice President, Mr. Ediger brings a vast array of real world experience from his previous position as a private builder and contractor. At the start of his career, he quickly rose through the ranks at one of the nation’s top ranked general contracting firms. The desire to work in neighborhood development brought him to the residential side of construction in the early 2000s. 

Mr. Ediger has been with Anchor Loans since 2007. His duties include overseeing the borrowers’ construction and renovation operations, and oversight of renovation budgets and completion for Anchor's loans transactions.

Mr. Ediger received his B.S. degree in Construction Engineering and Management at Kansas State University. He resides with his wife and daughter in Pasadena, and enjoys surveying art and painting in his free time.


  Lora Geis

 Chief Operating Officer

Lora Geis brings to Anchor Loans 14 years of accounting and financial management experience garnered in the public and private sectors of accounting and real estate finance and development.

A results-driven financial management professional, Ms. Geis is responsible for the day to day accounting operations, financial reporting and management of the loan servicing function for Anchor Loans.

Born and Raised in Ventura County, California, Ms. Geis graduated from California State University Northridge with a degree in accounting and earned her CPA while performing audits, compilations and tax returns at a Ventura based public accounting firm.


 Pouyan Zivari


Pouyan Zivari has been with Anchor’s Legal Department since August 2013 and brings with him over eight years of experience working in various areas of transactional law and litigation. Mr. Zivari’s areas of engagement for Anchor and its affiliates includes commercial and corporate transactions, securities, real estate and mortgage litigation, and regulatory compliance with respect to state and federal laws governing financial institutions. During the past nine years Mr. Zivari has played a key role in successfully resolving hundreds of complex legal disputes utilizing his sophisticated understanding of both business and law.

Mr. Zivari earned his Bachelor’s degree from UCLA with high honors (Magna Cum Laude) and his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School, where he graduated on the Dean’s List and received the CALI Award for Academic Excellence on three separate occasions. Mr. Zivari has also appeared as a guest lecturer in the Sociology Department of California State University, Northridge.

Pouyan enjoys reading, swimming, and spending time with his family and friends. He is also an avid traveler, having visited more than 20 different countries worldwide.


 Sabrina Zuckerman

 Vice President, Technology Operations

Sabrina has worked in the mortgage industry for the past 8 years, with experience in transaction management, asset management, and loan originations.  She comes to Anchor with her passion for process improvement and project management.

Ms. Zuckerman is a native of Los Angeles and graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.



Desiree Falcon

Human Resources Manager


Desiree Falcon brings 16 years of experience in REO, property Management and Commercial Leasing to her position as Human Resources Manager. Ms. Falcon has acquired a broad and unique understanding of the staffing and resource management challenges associated with this industry, and she keeps the company fully staffed and networked.

Ms. Falcon resides in Northridge. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, wine tasting, and weekend getaways.


Stephanie Wang

Processing Manager


 As Anchor Loans' Processing Manager, Stephanie Wang is responsible for overseeing the due diligence and closing process for new loan acquisitions.

Prior to joining Anchor Loans, Ms. Wang served as Senior Associate to a boutique commercial real estate and consultation firm where she was responsible for all aspects of property analysis from due diligence and market research to financial and feasibility analysis.  In addition to residential properties, Ms. Wang has experience with value-added decision making for various commercial property types including multi-family, retail, office, industrial, hospitality, land, and special use properties.  Ms. Wang also worked as a Real Estate Analyst at a US News Tier 1 Ranked Real Estate Law practice.

Ms. Wang obtained an MBA, with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate from San Diego State University and a B.S. in Communications and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.  She enjoys traveling and extreme sports and holds a US Sailing Small Boat Certification as well as a PADI Open Water Diver Certification.