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RAIT Financial Trust (RAS)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Scott Schaeffer

52 2014 Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief Executive Officer

Scott Davidson

46 2014 President

James Sebra

39 2012 Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

John Reyle

36 2015 Senior Managing Director, Chief Legal Officer

Andrew Batinovich

56 2013 Independent Trustee

Edward Brown

74 1999 Independent Trustee

Frank Farnesi

68 2006 Independent Trustee

S. Kristin Kim

51 2003 Independent Trustee

Jon Sarkisian

53 2011 Independent Trustee

Andrew Silberstein

47 2012 Independent Director

Murray Stempel

61 2014 Lead Independent Trustee

Biographies

Name Description

Scott Schaeffer

Mr. Scott F. Schaeffer is Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief Executive Officer of RAIT Financial Trust. He has served as our chairman of the board and as a trustee since December 2010, chief executive officer, or CEO, since February 2009, our president from February 2008 to January 2014, our chief operating officer from February 2008 to February 2009, our co-president and co-chief operating officer from December 2006 to February 2008 and our president and chief operating officer from September 2000 to December 2006. Mr. Schaeffer serves on the board of directors of Independence Realty Trust, Inc., or IRT, our real estate investment trust, or REIT, subsidiary whose shares of common stock, or IRT common stock, trade on the NYSE MKT under the trading symbol IRT. Mr. Schaeffer has served as the chairman of the board of directors and as a director of IRT since we acquired IRT in January 2011. Mr. Schaeffer served as a director of Resource America, Inc. (a publicly traded specialty finance company), or Resource America, from 1997 to 2002, the vice chairman of the board of directors of Resource America from 1998 to 2000, the executive vice president of Resource America from 1997 to 1998, and a senior vice president of Resource America from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Schaeffer also served as President of Resource Properties, Inc. (a wholly-owned real estate subsidiary of Resource America) from 1992 to 2000.

Scott Davidson

Mr. Scott L. N. Davidson is President of the Company. Mr. Davidson has served as RAIT’s president since January 2014 and served as a Managing Director of RAIT from April 2010 to January 2014. Prior to joining RAIT, Mr. Davidson served as a portfolio manager for Carlyle Blue Wave, an asset management firm, from January 2007 to June 2008. From September 2005 to November 2006, Mr. Davidson served as a portfolio manager for Amaranth LLC, an asset management firm. From 1993 to January 2005, Mr. Davidson served as Managing Director and Group Head at JPMorgan and its predecessors, where his responsibilities included running their commercial mortgage backed securities business, asset backed securities business and their respective risk and trading operations.

James Sebra

Mr. James J. Sebra is Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer of RAIT Financial Trust, since May 22, 2012. He was senior vice president and chief accounting officer from May 2007 to May 2012. Mr. Sebra has served as IRT’s chief financial officer since May 2012 and as IRT’s treasurer since January 2011. Mr. Sebra joined RAIT in connection with the TRFT acquisition having served as TRFT’s vice president and chief accounting officer since June 2005. Prior to joining TRFT, Mr. Sebra was the controller of Brandywine Realty Trust, a publicly held real estate investment trust, from 2004 through 2005. From 1998 through 2004, Mr. Sebra worked with Arthur Andersen LLP and KPMG LLP, public accounting firms, serving a variety of publicly held and privately held real estate companies and professional service firms.

John Reyle

Mr. John J. Reyle is Senior Managing Director, Chief Legal Officer of RAIT Financial Trust, since January 2015. He was our senior vice president—corporate counsel from January 2014 to December 2014, as our vice president—corporate counsel from May 2012 to December 2013 and as our corporate counsel from August 2009 to May 2012. Prior to joining RAIT, Mr. Reyle was an associate in the real estate legal departments of Ledgewood, P.C., a law firm, from October 2005 to February 2009, and Cozen O’Conner, P.C., a law firm, from August 2004 to October 2005. During that time, Mr. Reyle concentrated his practice in the area of commercial real estate representing a variety of clients in connection with real estate-based financing, acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate, commercial leasing matters, real estate development and basic corporate transactions related to the foregoing.

Andrew Batinovich

Mr. Andrew Batinovich is an Independent Trustee of RAIT Financial Trust, since March 2013. Mr. Batinovich currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Glenborough, LLC, a privately held full service real estate investment and management company focused on the acquisition, management and leasing of institutional quality commercial properties. Since August 2013, an affiliate of Glenborough, LLC has served as the advisor of Strategic Realty Trust, Inc., a public non-traded REIT that owns primarily grocery anchored shopping centers, and Mr. Batinovich has served as CEO and a director of Strategic Realty Trust. In 2010, Mr. Batinovich led a private investor group in acquiring Glenborough, LLC and related real estate assets that were originally part of Glenborough Realty Trust, a NYSE listed real estate investment trust, or REIT, which was sold to affiliates of Morgan Stanley in 2006. From December 2006 to October 2010, Mr. Batinovich served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Glenborough, LLC, a company formed by an affiliate of Morgan Stanley to acquire Glenborough Realty Trust. In connection with the 2006 transaction, Mr. Batinovich and the Glenborough Realty Trust senior management team were retained to operate the new private entity, and the team remains together in the newly re-acquired Glenborough, LLC. In 1996, Mr. Batinovich co-founded Glenborough Realty Trust and was President and Chief Executive Officer and a director at the time of the sale in 2006. Mr. Batinovich was an officer of Security Pacific National Bank. Mr. Batinovich is a director of Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc., a NYSE listed real estate investment trust focused on hotel properties. He also serves as a trustee of the American University of Paris.

Edward Brown

Mr. Edward S. Brown is an Independent Trustee of RAIT Financial Trust., since June 1999. Mr. Brown has been president of The Edward S. Brown Group (a real estate development company) since 1985.

Frank Farnesi

Mr. Frank A. Farnesi is an Independent Trustee of RAIT Financial Trust., since December 2006. He joined the board in connection with our acquisition of Taberna Realty Finance Trust, or TRFT, in December 2006, or the TRFT acquisition. He was a member of TRFT’s board from April 2005 until the TRFT acquisition in December 2006. He is a retired partner of the international accounting firm of KPMG LLP, where he worked from 1969 to 2001. Before retiring from KPMG, he was the Pennsylvania business unit partner in charge of tax. He also served as national partner in charge of tax compliance and worked with a wide variety of clients in the banking, real estate, technology and private equity fields. He currently serves as the non-executive chairman of the board of directors of Beneficial Bancorp, Inc., a publicly held stock holding company for Beneficial Bank, a Pennsylvania chartered savings bank. He also currently serves on the board of directors of the Faith in the Future Foundation, a not-for-profit organization.

S. Kristin Kim

Ms. S. Kristin Kim is an Independent Trustee of RAIT Financial Trust., since October 2003. Ms. Kim is the founder of Sansori, which has provided innovative educational programs and offered strategic planning services for social ventures since 2009. Prior to Sansori, Ms. Kim was president of AllLearn, an online education venture among Oxford, Stanford, and Yale Universities from November 2002 until 2006, having joined AllLearn in January 2001 as its general counsel. From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Kim held several senior positions at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, including Director for New Initiatives. From 1989 to 1999, she was an attorney at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Jon Sarkisian

Mr. Jon C. Sarkisian is an Independent Trustee of RAIT Financial Trust since December 15, 2011. Mr. Sarkisian has been an executive vice president of CBRE Group, Inc., or CBRE, a publicly traded commercial real estate services firm, since July 2003. Mr. Sarkisian joined CBRE when it acquired Insignia/ESG, or Insignia, a commercial real estate services firm, in July 2003. Mr. Sarkisian was an executive vice president at Insignia from June 1998 to July 2003. Mr. Sarkisian joined Insignia when it acquired Jackson-Cross Company, or Jackson-Cross, a commercial real estate services firm, in June 1998. Mr. Sarkisian was a senior vice president for Jackson-Cross from October 1988 to June 1998.

Andrew Silberstein

Mr. Andrew M. Silberstein is an Independent Director of Rait Financial Trust. Mr. Silberstein was designated by ARS VI Investor I, LP (f/k/a ARS VI Investor I, LLC), or the investor, to serve on our board of trustees pursuant to the securities purchase agreement, or the purchase agreement, dated as of October 1, 2012 among ourselves, designated subsidiaries of ours and the investor. We refer to the transactions contemplated by the purchase agreement as the investor transactions. The investor is an affiliate of Almanac Realty Investors, LLC, or Almanac, a provider of capital to real estate companies. Mr. Silberstein is a partner of Almanac and joined the predecessor to Almanac, Rothschild Realty Managers, as a managing director in 2009. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Silberstein served as the chief investment officer and chief operating officer for Stoltz Real Estate, a real estate company. Prior to that, Mr. Silberstein worked in real estate investment banking and private equity, first at Bear Stearns & Company from 1994 to 1998 as a vice president and then at Morgan Stanley from 1999 to 2004 as an executive director. Mr. Silberstein serves on the boards of the following real estate companies: WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and its external advisor, Welsh Property Trust, Westcore Properties, Winter Properties and Slate Asset Management.

Murray Stempel

Mr. Murray Stempel, III, is Lead Independent Trustee of RAIT Financial Trust., since January 29, 2014. He is a trustee of RAIT since December 2006 when he joined the board in connection with the TRFT acquisition. He was a member of TRFT’s board of trustees from April 2005 until the TRFT acquisition in December 2006. Mr. Stempel has served as a director of Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania, Inc., or Royal Bancshares, a publicly traded bank holding company, since 2008, including service as the vice chairman of Royal Bancshares through 2012. From 2004 until 2008, he served as executive vice president and chief lending officer at Royal Bank America, a wholly-owned bank subsidiary of Royal Bancshares, responsible for the day-to-day management of the bank. From 2000 to 2004, he was a senior vice president at Royal Bank America.