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Current responsibilities

Raul Saavedra is a Managing Director in the San Francisco office and specializes in Data Center tenant representation and capital markets.  He has worked with numerous companies in a variety of industries in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He has negotiated a significant number of leases across all asset types on behalf of Digital Realty Trust, Inc., the world’s largest owner/operator of data centers.

Experience

Raul has almost 20 years of commercial real estate experience in leasing, development, entitlements and asset management. In his time with JLL, he has transacted on over 20MW.  Prior to JLL, he served as a Senior Asset Manager for Digital Realty Trust, Inc. with direct profit and loss responsibility for a diverse portfolio in the Western United States, which included colocation, enterprise and power based buildings and was involved in both the acquisition and disposition of data centers. In his time at Digital Realty he completed over 30MW of lease transactions.

Prior to his time with Digital Realty Trust, Inc., Raul worked as a real estate consultant and also was an Asset Manager for Lucas Real Estate Holdings, Inc. where he oversaw the development and leasing of Letterman Digital Arts Center, a 1M square foot mixed-use campus, in the Presidio of San Francisco.  

Representative clients

  • Salesforce.com
  • Francisco Partners
  • Adobe
  • Clarium Capital
  • Riverbed
  • Pacific Union
  • INAP
  • Lucasfilm, Ltd.
  • NetApp
  • Starbucks
  • Telx
  • Level 3
  • Equinix
  • City of San Francisco

Education and affiliations

Raul holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Raul lives in Marin County with his wife, Jennifer, and his two children. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and is a Board Member of The REED School Foundation.