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Advisory Board

The NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate owes its reputation to the quality and to the commitment of its industry support. Since 1967, the Institute’s Advisory Board has been guiding the Schack Institute in its activities. Members of the Board are prominent leaders in the real estate and construction industries in New York City and across the nation. They serve on the Board under the direction of the chairman and an executive committee.

Board members review curricula; suggest new programs; organize and participate in conferences; raise funds; and support the Institute’s other public-purpose activities.

* Denotes executive committee board member.


Real Estate Advisory Board

James D. Kuhn, chairman


James D. Kuhn*

Board Chairman

Larry A. Silverstein*

Founder & Chairman Emeritus

Executive Committee


Jeffrey A. Barclay

Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Robert S. Blumenthal

Managing Director, Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.

Susan Chapman

SVP, Global RE & Workplace Enablement, American Express Company

Joseph A. DeLuca

President, Joseph A. DeLuca, Inc.

MaryAnne Gilmartin

President and Chief Executive Officer, Forest City Ratner Companies–Barclays Center and New York by Gehry

Jerome W. Gottesman

Chairman of the Board, Edison Properties, LLC

Veronica W. Hackett

Principal, The Clarett Group

David Z. Hirsh

Managing Director, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors L.P.

Richard A. Kessler

Chief Operating Officer, Benenson Capital Partners, LLC

Enoch Lawrence

President & CEO, Community Capital Partners

John Lippmann

Senior Director, New York Life Investments

Jonathan L. Mechanic

Chairman of Real Estate, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

James A. Oswald

Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Robin Panovka

Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Mitchell E. Rudin

Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, CEO

Mitchell Brent Rutter

President, Essex Capital Partners

Kenneth A. Schack

President, Schack Realty Co., Inc.

Leslie Whatley

Executive Vice President, StartUp NY

Young Woo

Founder & Principal, YoungWoo & Associates, LLC

Timothy Zietara

Managing Director/Chief Investment Officer, Centennial Property Finance

Matthew Blesso

Founder and CEO, Blesso Properties

Joseph J. Bonner

President and CEO, Solana Beach Capital, LLC

Leonard Boxer

Senior Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP

Louis Brause

Chairman, Brause Realty, Inc.

Peter Britell

Partner, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP

Martin Cohen

Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Cohen & Steers

F. Jonathan Dracos

Head of Real Estate Investment and Corporate Investment/North America, Investcorp International Inc.

David Eyzenberg

Principal-Investment Banking, Avison Young

Debra Fechter

Partner, Digby Management Company, LLC

Bruce D. Frank


Merrie S. Frankel

VP/Senior Credit Officer, Moody's Investors Service

Eugene M. Grant

President, Eugene M. Grant & Company LLC

David R. Greenbaum

President, New York Division, Vornado Realty Trust

Francis J. Greenburger

Chairman, CEO, Time Equities, Inc.

David Henry

President & Chief Executive Officer- Vice Chariman, Kimco Realty Corporation

Dorothy Herman

President & Chief Executive Officer, Prudential Douglas Elliman

Mitchell E. Hersh

President, CEO, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation

Michael P. Higgins

Managing Director & Head of US Real Estate Finance, CIBC World Markets Corp.

Robert W. Jones

President, Robert W. Jones & Associates, Inc.

Matthew E. Kasindorf

Partner, Meister Seelig & Fein LLP

Richard Katzenstein

Managing Regional Director, Freddie Mac

Steven D. Klein

Partner, Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher

Michael Lehrman

Exec. Managing Director, Cantor Fitzgerald - BGC Partners - CCRE - NGKF - GGAM

Jeffrey Levine

President, Douglaston Development

Jennifer McCool

Vice President, The Related Companies, L.P.

Benjamin M. McGrath

Edward J. Minskoff Equities, Inc.

Harry Macklowe

President, Macklowe Properties

Charles J. Maikish

Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Citigroup Inc.

Paul Massey Jr.

Founding Partner, CEO, Massey Knakal Realty Services

Robert R. Merck

Senior Managing Director, MetLife

Edward J. Minskoff

President, Edward J. Minskoff Equities, Inc.

Joseph Moinian

President and CEO, The Moinian Group

Bruce E. Mosler

Co-Chairman , Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Lee Neibart

Global CEO, AREA Property Partners

Daniel M. Neidich

Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Dune Capital Management, LP

Benek Oster

Principal, Spring 11

Paul E. Pariser

Principal, Taconic Investment Partners, LLC

Scott Rechler

Chairman and CEO, RXR

Peter E. Ricker

President, MB Real Estate

Amy Rose

Managing Director, Rose Associates, Inc.

Stephen M. Ross

Chairman and Founder, Related Companies

William C. Rudin

Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rudin Management Company, Inc.

Glenn J. Rufrano

CEO, American Realty Capital Partners

Pamela Samuels

Senior Vice President, Related Companies

Scott Schaevitz

Chairman Americas Real Estate IBD, Barclays

Frank Sciame

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.

Paul Selver

Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Steven Simkin

Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP

Axel Stawski

Principal, Stawski Group

Neil Underberg

Partner, Rosenberg & Estis, PC

Andrew J. Weiner

Partner, SNR Denton US LLP

Ann Weisbrod

Marilyn Kramer Weitzman

Principal, The Weitzman Group, Inc.

David Welsh

Founder & Managing Principal, Normandy Real Estate Partners

Richard A. Wilpon

Senior Executive Vice President, Sterling Equities, Inc.

Simon Ziff

President, Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group LLC

Frank Sciame

Board Chairman
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.

Richard T. Anderson

President, New York Building Congress

Daniel Centonze

Vice President Construction, Edward J Minskoff Equities Inc.

Louis J. Coletti

President & CEO, Building Trades Employers' Association

Neal M. Eiseman

Partner, Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP

Constantine Kontokosta

Clinical Associate Professor & Director of the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate

Richard Lambeck

Patricia Lancaster

Mary C. McDonald

Project Engineer, STV Group

James C. McKenna

Chief Executive Officer, Hunter Roberts

Gus Maimis

Vice President, STV Construction

Joseph Mizzi

President, F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.

Robert Morgenstern

Milo E. Riverso*

Richard Tomasetti

Consultant & Founding Principal, Thornton Tomasetti Inc.