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Lisa Zheng

Lisa Zheng

M.S. in Real Estate
Alumna, Class of 2009

Shifting from corporate finance at Citigroup to planning real estate development for the City of New York seems like a leap—but for Lisa Zheng, it was a smooth transition, thanks to the M.S. in Real Estate program at the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate.

"After four months of part-time study, I decided to leave my job to attend classes full-time," says Zheng. The Risk and Portfolio Management course afforded her the opportunity to travel to Amsterdam, and the Seminar in Community Development allowed her to gain real-world experience by designing a mixed-use project in Newark. Along the way, Zheng created a peer-mentoring program, which earned her the Institute’s Lambda Alpha Distinguished Service Award. Mid-degree, she landed an internship at a local development corporation, which led to a job offer at New York City’s Economic Development Corporation. "The M.S. in Real Estate provided me with the knowledge and the hands-on experience to land a job prior to graduation. What more could I ask?"