Advancing Communities Through Opportunity & Investment

Our Mission

Local Equity aims to bring financial capacity to advance community priority projects.

We are an eclectic collection of experts from finance, development, and economic development that are united by the common goal of creating strong partnerships to advance place-based strategies. Our team is hands-on, and believes in data-driven approaches that manage and reduce various risks.

We are an economic development organization that believes in partnering with local government, CDEs, CDFIs, and local non-profits, to ensure we influence sustainable developments.

Local Equity is a licensed California Finance Lender, and an Opportunity Zone Business in the city of Ontario, County of San Bernardino, California. We are proud to work with our local communities, but have frequent conversations with nationwide partners. 

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Gil Keinan


Monica Pelayo

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Matt Horton

Managing Director

Gil works on Opportunity Zone development & is a real estate development, finance, and management professional. His background covers expertise working with local government and developers to create successful Public-Private projects as well as hotel real estate investment. His hands-on operational insights, and verified track record of value creation, allowed him to lead complicated debt, Private Equity, and REIT deals to successful exits. In total, Gil provided leadership to over $2 billion in asset management and over $1 billion in transaction volume.

Gil is a candidate for the Doctor of Business degree, expected to graduate in 2021, holds an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco, and is a graduate of the University of Surrey’s (United Kingdom) School of Hospitality Management. He is a sought-after thought leader and speaker with multiple non-profits and is a member of the National Real Estate Investor association and the Hospitality Asset Managers Association. 


Monica leads training, community engagement, and financial analysis at Local Equity.

Her background includes key roles in various supply chain operations in the Inland Empire. In addition, Monica has volunteered with several community service organizations and programs, including the Upward Bound program that provides fundamental support for participants to succeed in their higher education pursuits.

She holds a BS degree in Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Economics from the University of California, Riverside, and will be pursuing an MS in Business Analytics.


Monica is fluent in Spanish and English. Her true passion is in applying analytical approaches to new business solutions.



Matt Horton is a director at the Milken Institute’s Center for Regional Economics and California Center. In this capacity, he interacts with government officials, business leaders, and other key stakeholders in directing statewide programming and policy initiatives. Horton’s programmatic work at the Institute is focused on identifying a variety of financial tools, public policies, and collaborative models that leaders can deploy to increase investments in education, community development, housing, employment, and other areas supporting human capital and place-based economic development. Previously, Horton worked for the Southern California Association of Governments, the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization. There, Horton served as the primary point of contact for external and government affairs, coordinating regional policy development with elected officials as well as subregional, state, and federal stakeholders in Los Angeles and Orange counties. In this role, he developed plans with leaders across Southern California to address growth, resiliency, and improve quality of life.