Brian McLaughlin
Founding CEO

Columbia Headquarters

70 Corporate Center
11000 Broken Land Parkway, Suite 700
Columbia, MD 21044

Brian McLaughlin is the founding CEO of Lantian Development, a Maryland-based private equity, real estate investment and development company. He currently serves as its board vice chair and leads Lantian Partners, its Washington, DC affiliate. Brian helped launch Lantian in 2014, heading its day-to-day operations, investments and development and over the course of two years built a $110 million portfolio comprised of 1.4 million square feet of commercial, office and residential space across 403 acres in the Washington, DC metropolitan region.

Brian began his professional career in the nonprofit community development field, working with the Madison Park Community Development Corporation in Boston and later in York, Pennsylvania where he directed the Crispus Attucks Community Development Corporation. Brian helped shape resident services working with programs ranging from first-time homeowner counseling, youth construction apprenticeship and employment training. His real estate work spans development of market rate, workforce, historic tax credit and LIHTC-supported housing, as well as projects ranging from master planning the site for the new home of the Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore to building a community-based hospital.

Brian’s career has also entailed heading up the real estate development arm of The Commercial Group, Incorporated, and working in various business platforms at Fannie Mae. Roles at Fannie Mae stretched from multifamily underwriting to managing a potential $10 billion risk loss position as chief loan servicing director for the company’s second largest lender. Additionally, Brian served as special assistant to Fannie Mae’s President and CEO, holding responsibility for logistics, budgets, key programs and strategic projects.

Brian is also the former assistant secretary for Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development where he managed the state’s primary unit of government responsible for neighborhood revitalization with an annual direct investment budget of $55 million for community development, infrastructure, housing and small business financing.

Brian is an honors graduate of Duke University and holds a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Economics from American University. He is currently board secretary for the Greater Washington China Investment Center, and has earned a number of distinctions including recognition in Ebony Magazine and a Governor’s Citation from the State of Maryland.

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