2020/21 Board of Directors, Board
Michelle Montes is an Assurance partner at EY with 23 years of experience in public accounting serving a variety of industries, currently focusing on real estate, hospitality and private equity. She has extensive experience serving both public and private REITS and real estate funds. She frequently advises boards and management on a variety of complex accounting and reporting matters, including real estate mergers and acquisitions, complex valuation matters, capital transactions, emerging accounting standards and internal control matters.
Michelle’s client experience ranges from serving midsize companies to global multibillion-dollar companies including Park Hotels & Resorts, AvalonBay Communities, Liberty Property Trust, SL Green, and Federal Capital Partners. Her prior experience includes serving one of EY’s largest global private equity clients, The Carlyle Group. Through her experiences, she has worked with diverse teams and coordinated cross-functional and international engagement teams, including multiple service lines within EY (audit, tax, IT advisory, valuation, transaction real estate).
Michelle is a member of the EY Real Estate Global Network. Michelle participates on the auditor advisory group to NAREIT and is an EY representative on the NAREIT Best Financial Practices Council. Michelle is also a speaker at real estate industry conferences. Michelle is a CPA and a member of the AICPA.
Michelle earned a B.S. in Accounting from George Mason University. Michelle serves on the Executive Committee of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Ball, as the partner sponsor of the annual United Way Campaign, and on the Accounting Advisory Council of the School of Business at George Mason University. She was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the Tahirih Justice Center.