Melissa Skidell is a Managing Director in the Investor Relations & Business Development Group. Ms. Skidell is involved in capital raising efforts for Blackstone's real estate funds. Before joining the Investor Relations & Business Development Group, Ms. Skidell was a manager in Blackstone’s Finance Group, where she was involved with administering the internal investment program including General Partner reporting. She has also been involved in various strategic planning projects including the firm's initial public offering in 2007. Ms. Skidell received a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.