Christine Chao

Christine leads marketing and communications for JLL Spark. She is responsible for elevating the Spark brand within the venture capital, tech, and real estate communities by developing and executing the media strategy for the global venture fund. Christine also partners with the JLL and JLL Technologies corporate communications teams to amplify internal awareness of Spark.
Prior to joining the JLL Spark team, Christine was the communications lead for BakerHughesC3.ai, a joint venture developing industrial AI and machine learning. Before that, she managed marketing programs for tech and consulting firms.

Christine holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Kelly Wong

Kelly is business operations lead at JLL Spark, focused on processes improvement for the investment and growth team. Previously, Kelly joined JLL in 2018 where she was a data analyst for the global research team performing market analysis for the Silicon Valley and developing operational playbooks for JLL’s global research team. Kelly became a driver of tech adoption within the CRE industry because of the impact products (like Aero, BlackBird and JET) made on her and her colleagues’ day-to-day.

Kelly has worked in startups ranging from operations at a subscription clothing company, The [Enclosed], to data analytics at a biotech company that diagnoses various cancers, Veracyte.

Kelly holds a B.Sc in International Business from San Francisco State University. She was introduced to CRE through the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) mentorship program, where she learned the importance of building relationships between owners, tenants and their buildings.

Natalia Dianov

Natalia is an executive assistant supporting JLL Spark’s managing partner and partner. Before her venture capital career, Natalia worked in family-owned businesses and luxury hospitality brands throughout the globe. Natalia has since worked for venture capital firms such as Menlo Ventures and Fort Ross Ventures before joining JLL Spark in June 2021.

Natalia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Business Management from Switzerland. Natalia is also trilingual, speaking Russian, French, and English.

Sonia El-Sherif

As Chief of Staff for JLL Spark, Sonia develops and monitors critical business metrics that provide actionable information to the JLLT senior leadership, JLL Executives and Board. She drives operational efficiency and repeatability throughout Spark. She serves as a highly visible strategic partner, focusing on long-term planning and projects to ensure the growth of the organization and the success of the Managing Partner.  

Prior to joining Spark, Sonia worked at JLL specializing in tenant representation on both a local and global level. She utilized JLL’s best-in-class technology platform to find creative solutions to meet her clients’ unique needs. Her responsibilities included technology platform management, global market analysis, lease and sale negotiations, client portfolio optimization, as well as all disposition and acquisition activity.

Prior to JLL, she worked at WBT selling into the industrial, construction, and data center markets. She managed revenue streams for six states by establishing sales targets, deployment strategies, and go-to-market initiatives.