National Storage Affiliates Trust


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Will Cowan

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Will Cowan serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of NSA.  He currently oversees all aspects of NSA’s strategic initiatives, including acquisitions, dispositions, investor relations, risk management, insurance and internal audit functions for the Company.

Previously, Will served as Managing Director in the Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging and Leisure Group of Jefferies LLC, leading the US coverage efforts for self storage, multifamily, industrial and net lease sectors. He joined Jefferies in 2012 after working in the Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. During his 15 years in investment banking, he was closely involved in over $160 billion of advisory and capital markets transactions for public and private real estate companies.

Prior to investment banking, Will served in the 25th Infantry Division of the United States Army and rose to the rank of Captain. Will holds a Master of Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia where received the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College and awarded an Army ROTC Scholarship.