Cushman & Wakefield Hires Dan Baker, Promotes Rick Swartz

BOSTON — Cushman & Wakefield, a national commercial real estate services company, has made two major changes within its Boston-based Senior Housing Capital Markets Group. Dan Baker has been hired as a director, while Rick Swartz was promoted to vice chair.

Baker will work from the firm’s LaJolla, Calif. office alongside Aaron Rosenzweig. Baker brings over 10 years of experience to his new role with expertise in investment sales, operations and construction management. His previous roles included stints at Avison Young and CBRE, all focused on the seniors housing space.

Baker received a master’s degree in real estate from John Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University. In addition, he has a graduate certificate from the University of Baltimore in Business Fundamentals.

Swartz joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2003 as a managing director and principal responsible for originating, structuring and placing debt and equity investments nationally. In 2007, he opened the firm’s Boston office where he continues to serve the firm’s clients nationally. In 2011, Swartz initiated the Senior Housing Capital Markets Group.

Swartz received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Cornell University, and his master’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the United Land Institute and the American Seniors Housing Association.