Executive Director

Executive Director

Mike O’Malley serves as Executive Director of the Notre Dame Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate. As FIRE’s Executive Director, Mike focuses on external engagement with leaders from the real estate industry, including Notre Dame alumni, parents, and friends.  In addition, Mike is an Associate Professor of the Practice at Notre Dame, teaching courses on Real Estate Private Equity, Global Private Equity (in London), and Real Estate Colloquium: Finance, Investment, and Law, and serving as the faculty advisor for Fighting Irish Real Estate, the MBA real estate club. He previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate and Executive in Residence at FIRE.

Prior to Notre Dame, Mike was a Senior Principal at Pennybacker Capital, a real estate private equity firm headquartered in Austin, Texas.  Mike served as the firm’s COO, CFO, and CCO and led the Capital Formation team’s efforts to develop and foster relationships with the firm’s existing and prospective limited partners, and was a member of the firm’s Investment Committee for 15 years.  Mike was instrumental in designing and directing the firm’s operational, commercial, and financial strategies as the firm grew from start-up to a multi-strategy investment manager with over $3 billion in assets under management.  

Prior to Pennybacker, Mike served as COO and CFO of VisionWeb, also leading its business development initiatives. Under his leadership, the firm closed six private equity placements and grew from fledgling status to a global services provider with over 400 partner affiliations. Early in his career, Mike was an auditor with Price Waterhouse and later a financial restructuring consultant with Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, now Macquarie Capital USA. 

Mike graduated cum laude with degrees in Accountancy and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame, received an MBA with highest honors from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association and FIRE Advisory Board, and serves on investment committees and boards for several not-for-profit and philanthropic organizations.

Email: momalle4@nd.edu 

Utilize this link to book an appointment with Mike: https://momalle4.youcanbook.me/


"Nes Weigand, Founder of Eastborough Partners, Lectures in Global Private Equity Class in London Gateway Program" (Feb. 21, 2024) 

"FIRE Appionts Michael C. O'Malley as Executive Director" (July 19, 2023)

"A Conversation with Mike O'Malley '96, FIRE's inaugural Executive-in-Residence" (Oct. 18, 2022)