Paul Habibi

Lecturer in Finance

Cornell Hall D-420


Paul Habibi is a lecturer with tenure at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and UCLA School of Law. He has been a top finalist for the Teacher of the Year Award every year he has taught. He teaches in the areas of real estate finance, development and social entrepreneurship. He also coaches UCLA Anderson in all real estate case competitions, most recently having won the 2014 UNC National Real Estate Challenge against a field of the top 16 MBA programs. He began his teaching career at UCLA in 2004.

Widely quoted in the media, he has appeared on BBC World News, Bloomberg, CNN, FOX News, NBC's The Today Show, NPR, and all major dailies including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times. A highly sought-after speaker, he regularly presents to leading business, government, and nonprofit organizations. For the past two consecutive years, he has authored and presented the centerpiece studies for the Los Angeles Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit.

Outside of campus, Professor Habibi is Principal of Habibi Properties, LLC, which owns and manages multi-family apartments in the Los Angeles area, and Managing Member of the Arrowhead Residential Funds, which invest in distressed housing in Kansas City, Missouri.

He is also Principal of Grayslake Advisors, LLC, which provides expert witness and consulting services. The firm's current clients include Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Company, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and star attorney David Boies.

He previously worked as an Investment Banking Associate at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Manager of Transaction Support with The Walt Disney Company, and Audit Manager with Arthur Andersen LLP.

He holds an MBA with Highest Distinction from the University of Michigan, under merit scholarship, and a BA in Economics from UCSB. He is a licensed CPA and Real Estate Salesperson in the State of California. Active in the community, he serves on the Board of Directors of Pacific Charter School Development.


MBA 2003, University of Michigan
B.A. Economics/Accounting 1995, UC Santa Barbara