John A. Somers is a non-executive director of Colony NorthStar, Inc. He previously served as a director for Colony Capital, Inc., the predecessor to Colony NorthStar, since its initial public offering in September 2009 until January 2017. Mr. Somers has been a private investor since June 2006. From 1996 to June 2006, Mr. Somers was Head of Fixed Income and Real Estate for Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF), and served there as an Executive Vice President from 1996 to 2004. From 1981 to 1996, Mr. Somers served as Senior Vice President and Head of Commercial Mortgages and Real Estate for TIAA-CREF. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, from 1972 to 1981, Mr. Somers held several positions in the Real Estate Investment Department, including Vice President, for Prudential Insurance Company of America. He also served as Senior Vice Chairman of The National Realty Committee in Washington, D.C. and as Chairman of NYU's Real Estate Institute.
Mr. Somers was a member of the board of directors of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America from 1996 through 2016. He served as a member of the audit & risk committee, the human resources and governance committee and served as chairman of its audit committee and investment committee. From 1986 to 2005 and again from 2011 through 2016, Mr. Somers served as a member of the board of directors of The Community Preservation Corporation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation focused on low and moderate income housing development in New York City, and served as its Chairman, a member of its Executive Committee and Chairman of its Governance and Compensation Committee. Between 1990 and 2003, Mr. Somers served as director of Emigrant Savings Bank.
Mr. Somers received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Villanova University in 1966 and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Connecticut in 1972.