SomeraRoad has hired Jessica Cass as its new chief operating officer (COO), Commercial Observer can first report.

In her new role at the investment and development firm, Cass will be responsible for SomeraRoad’s investor relations, marketing, communications and human resources verticals.

Based in the firm’s New York headquarters, she reports to SomeraRoad founder and managing principal Ian Ross and managing principal Fergus Campbell.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Jessica to the SomeraRoad team,” Ross told CO. “She perfectly complements our strong performance-oriented culture, and we believe her acumen for scaling and growing institutional businesses make her the perfect fit, not only to lead the firm’s operational framework, but to join the SomeraRoad executive team.”

Cass joins SomeraRoad at a time of significant expansion and growth at the company. While some investors sat on the sidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm instead got to work, pursuing unique market opportunities that arose, launching new verticals and hiring top talent.

“Jessica is the ideal hire to play a pivotal role in our continued growth, and we are excited to see what she is capable of in her new seat,” Ross added.