Jenn Maher

As Broker of Record and General Counsel for FirstBase, I work to secure spaces uniquely suited to young companies. My own experience as a founder of multiple real estate startups introduced me to the challenges that housing a small, but growing team can present – helping fellow entrepreneurs over these hurdles is both my profession and my passion.

On Paper

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D
  • The George Washington University
  • Commercial Litigation Associate at Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Co-founder of Philadelphia coworking space Benjamin's Desk

Off Paper

  • I'm an endurance athlete with three marathons and an Ironman triathlon under my belt.
  •   As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, I've joined fundraising efforts for several nonprofits that support breast cancer research and prevention. 

Ed O'Brien

As FirstBase's CEO, I provide creative, effective real estate solutions for business leaders. 35 years in the corporate real estate industry have seen me work with clients ranging from GE Capital to AIG, and broker transactions spanning more than 8 million square feet in and around the Philadelphia area alone. I co-founded FirstBase to bring my experience to support innovators and entrepreneurs. 

Ed O'Brien

On Paper

  • Widener University, MBA, Finance
  • Villanova University, BA
  • Manager of Corporate Real Estate, The DuPont Company
  • Former President of the Staubach Company of Pennsylvania
  • Partner at Sun Energy Partners One, LLC
  • Chief Real Estate Officer at Benjamin's Desk

Off Paper

  • I love following college basketball – lifelong Big 5 fan.
  • I'm also a lifelong horse racing enthusiast.

Jerre Riggs

I am a problem solver, a recovering trial attorney, and a proud member of the Philadelphia startup ecosystem. My work as FirstBase’s co-founder and COO has given me the opportunity to advise some of the most vibrant, promising companies in and around our city - and to develop key relationships in the venture capital hotbeds of NYC, Boston, and the Bay Area. As someone who thrives in the fast-paced world of commercial real estate, it's a dream come true.

Jerre Riggs

On Paper

  • Villanova University School of Law, JD
  • Cornell University School of Hotel Administration - member of the University's Ski Team and studied abroad in Switzerland and Tasmania.
  • Former Senior Associate at Colliers International and Blank Rome LLP
  • Director of Real Estate at Benjamin's Desk

Off Paper

  • I thrive on adventure and endurance sports. I'm a lifelong skier, climber, and surfer and am also an Ironman triathlete and previously qualified for the US Triathlon National Championships.
  • I'm always grateful for a chance to give back to the community. I was able to spend a full year as a research assistant at the Boston Rescue Mission, taught English in Prague, and took on numerous pro bono cases as an attorney. I am also actively involved with several Cornell real estate and entrepreneurship networks.