Alumni Board

The NYU School of Professional Studies offers many opportunities, programming, and services designed to allow alumni to get involved and make a difference in the life of the School. Our network is only as strong as each individual's commitment to participate—we encourage you to get involved today!

Alumni Board

The Alumni Board is the main alumni governing body of the NYU School of Professional Studies. Its charge is to serve in an advisory capacity to the dean and the Office of Alumni Relations by keeping the School apprised of industry trends and opportunities and create cross-disciplinary networking opportunities for our alumni community, both domestically and worldwide.

Board Chair

David Z. Hirsh
Managing Director, Real Estate Asset Management Group, Blackstone

David Hirsh

David Z. Hirsh is managing director, Real Estate Asset Management Group, at Blackstone. Since joining Blackstone in 2002, David Hirsh has been involved in the asset management of investments in the hotel (Boca Resorts, LXR), office (Equity Office, Trizec, Carr America), retail, industrial (IndCor), and healthcare sectors. Hirsh is responsible for oversight of the firm's office platform (Equity Office). In addition, from 2009 to 2012, Hirsh restructured and extended the debt on many of Blackstone's investments, completing transactions totaling $16 billion that included Equity Office, La Quinta, Carr America, and Boca Resorts, as well as more than $1 billion in DPOs.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Hirsh worked at Citigroup for 15 years, including six years in real estate asset management, where he led the hotel group, and five years in corporate finance, where he specialized in corporate real estate and project lending.

Hirsh is on the board of directors (cochairman) of the Thyroid, Head and Neck Cancer Foundation (THANC) and serves as chairman on the board of directors of the Thyroid Cancer Care Collaborative. At the NYU School of Professional Studies, he is chair of the Alumni Board; a member of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Advisory Board, and an adjunct professor.

Hirsh earned a BBA in accounting from Pace University and an MS in Real Estate Development from the NYU School of Professional Studies. He is a certified public accountant.