Young Alumni Advisory Board
The Stern Real Estate Club is excited to announce the formation of the Stern Real Estate Club Young Alumni Advisory Board. As a program with a recently launched real estate specialization, this young group of experienced real estate professionals will consult with our officers on all club related matters, as well as assist in transforming Stern’s real estate program into one of the nation’s best.
The board is comprised of past club officers who remain committed to growing the real estate initiative at Stern. Below, you can learn more about our distinguished board of alumnus:
daniel marks cohen
Daniel Marks Cohen is an accomplished professional with over fifteen years of New York City real estate experience in development, finance, asset management, community relations, project management and value added investment. This experience includes work with private, public, nonprofit and institutional clients. In 2014 Mr. Cohen joined the Housing Partnership Development Corporation as Vice President, Director of Real Estate Development where he oversees a pipeline of existing and prospective real estate business including negotiating ventures with private developers, directing development activities in consultation with government agencies, and leading affordable housing consulting efforts on behalf of private clients. Before joining HPDC Mr. Cohen founded Burlingham Capital Partners, an investment firm dedicated to principal investments in affordable and market rate housing as well as real estate consulting. He has previously served as a Mortgage Officer at the Community Preservation Corporation, which offered financing to affordable housing owners and developers. Prior to that he worked for ING Clarion Partners in private equity where he led capital raising and negotiations of investments for $2 billion in the acquisition, construction and development of projects throughout the United States. Mr. Cohen has also worked for the Economic Development Corporation advising on the allocation of $1 billion in Liberty Bond financing for New York as part of the 9/11 recovery. Mr. Cohen began his career at The Hudson Companies, an affordable housing builder after he received his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Management from the NYU Stern School of Business in 1999; and he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Born and raised on the Upper West Side where he lives with his wife and son today, Mr. Cohen is a three-time New York Marathon finisher. He is currently a Forum for Urban Design Fellow and he is also an alumnus of Coro Leadership New York.
Steven Stein is responsible for asset management and leasing in the Northeast region with a focus on the Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC submarkets for the Exeter Property Group. Mr. Stein also supports the sourcing of acquisition and development opportunities. Prior to joining Exeter, Mr. Stein was Director of Development for Main Street Building and Development, a commercial development firm he co-founded. While at Main Street, Mr. Stein oversaw new business development, construction operations, and client relations. Previously, Mr. Stein began his career as a structural engineer at Cubellis in Philadelphia, PA and obtained his LEED Accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Mr. Stein earned a Bachelors and Masters in Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA with a concentration in Real Estate and Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Colin Meagher founded North River Investors in 2015, recently completed a consulting assignment for the $1.1 billion real estate portfolio at York Capital Management and is now focused on direct investment and development opportunities in the NYC market. Colin was previously with Westbrook Partners as a VP on the NY investment team, investing its ninth real estate fund with capital of approximately $2 billion. Prior to joining Westbrook, Colin worked in brokerage in the Midtown Manhattan office of CBRE, a Fortune 500 firm and the global leader in commercial real estate services. He completed his MBA at NYU Stern in 2012 with concentrations in Finance and Law in Business. Colin started his career in real estate in 2006 in asset management at Vision Equities, a full-service developer and asset manager based in Mountain Lakes, NJ, and studied Economics at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. Colin lives in DUMBO Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
Maggie Deichmann is an Associate in the Portfolio Management group of Allianz Real Estate of America. Maggie's group oversees a $1.1B equity portfolio and $7.3B debt portfolio across all asset classes and geographies, and she is responsible for fund selection and placement, lease negotiations, budget planning, refinancing, credit workouts, and ongoing valuation. Maggie received a BA in economics from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences and a MBA in finance and real estate from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Lauren Sanders is an Acquisitions and Development Associate at Zeckendorf Development, LLC and is responsible for underwriting new development opportunities and assisting with project coordination and development. Prior to joining the firm she worked as an Assistant Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for five years where she was responsible for underwriting, structuring and closing construction loan opportunities for residential, hotel, office, retail and industrial properties throughout New York City and other primary markets in the United States. Lauren also worked as a Development Associate for The Dermot Company where she assisted with the redevelopment of a 30,000 square foot Landmarked Pier in Battery Park City. Lauren graduated from Boston University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and holds a MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is a member of ULI, NYPEN and a WX Scholarship Recipient.
Melissa Cohen joined Boston Properties in 2011 as development project manager for the New York region and collaborates on all of the company’s development and acquisitions activities in New York City. Melissa worked on the construction and lease-up of 250 West 55th Street, Boston Properties’ newest 1MM SF commercial office building, and is actively involved in all new business efforts for the region. Prior to Boston Properties, Melissa worked for a Urban Partners, a real estate development company in Los Angeles specializing in mixed-use projects at transit oriented hubs. She focused on the development of a 450-unit multifamily project above a subway station, a 1600-bed student housing project at USC and a 400-unit suburban rental project in a master planned community. Melissa is an active member of ULI, having planned multiple YLG programs and sitting on numerous committees. She is currently the co-chair of the YLG programming committee. Melissa received a BA in Urban Studies from Brown University and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Mark Lansman joined Churchill Credit Holdings as an associate in 2014 and assists in the sourcing of debt and equity acquisition opportunities. Prior to joining Churchill, Mark was an associate at Rosin & Associates where he performed commercial real estate consulting, underwriting and valuation services. Mark was also a summer associate at L+M Development Partners where he worked on L+M’s affordable housing private equity fund “NYAH.” Mark received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the George Washington University School of Business in 2009 and received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in the spring of 2015.
Sarve Eshtehardi is a member of the Hotel Investment Banking Team at JLL in their New York Office. She has had multiple roles at JLL and previously was a Transactions Management Associate where she strategically managed national and international leasing portfolios for financial institutions, insurance companies, law firms and a private equity firm based in New York and represented clients in site selection, financial analysis of leases, lease negotiation, and mark to market analysis. Prior to joining JLL, Sarve compiled over four years of work experience providing support and management efforts in the investment management, capital markets, residential and commercial real estate and real estate development industries. Sarve joined JLL from Tishman Speyer where she spent two years as part of the Property Management team at 11 West 42nd Street. Along with many other responsibilities, Sarve’s concentrated efforts were in the management of tenant builds, capital improvement projects and tenant improvement projects including those for HSBC, Career Partners, CIT, NYU, Oscar de la Renta and Valentino. Sarve's prior work experience also includes working as an analyst for a real estate business management consulting firm in New York working exclusively on MRI implementations/upgrades and an asset management operations project at ING Clarion Realty. In addition, Sarve has pursued her interest in building sustainability and was recognized by the USGBC as a LEED AP in June 2009. Sarve completed her M.B.A. at New York University’s Stern School of Business with specializations in Real Estate and Corporate Finance. Additionally, she is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and has recently pursued commitments with WX Women in Real Estate.
Kathleen Urbani recently joined Toll Brothers’ New Jersey City Living Division with a focus on high-end condo development in the Jersey City and Hoboken markets. Kathleen's responsibilities in project management include researching market conditions, drafting budgets, working closely with design professionals, and maintaining profitability of projects during construction. She also oversees the marketing of new products, manages sales and sales managers, and holds positions on home owner’s association boards during transition of ownership. Before Toll Brothers Kathleen practiced architecture for 5 years in Philadelphia and New York City and during that time became a LEED Accredited Professional. Kathleen received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida in 2007 and her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2015.
Evan is a native New Yorker and has 10-years of experience in the NYC Real Estate Industry. As General Manager for Westfield WTC, he is currently working as part of the development team to open 150 stores and 350,000 square feet of retail at World Trade Center later this year. Evan previously worked for Tishman Speyer for 7 years, managing signature properties including Rockefeller Center, The MetLife Building and Peter Cooper Village-Stuyvesant Town. Evan graduated in 2006 from Manhattanville College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Political Science, graduated from the NYU Stern School of Business in May 2014 with a Masters of Business Administration in Real Estate/Finance/Economics, and has been LEED GA certified since 2011. Evan is presently a mentor for the YearUp Organization, vice-chair of the BOMA Energy & Sustainability Committee, and is studying for LEED AP designation. He enjoys cycling, live music, and the culinary arts.
Matt is a Managing Director of Hodes Weill & Associates in the New York office responsible for covering institutional investors in North America. Previously, Matt was a Senior Vice President at Brookfield Asset Management where he developed the funds management platform across real estate, infrastructure, timber, agriculture and private equity over a six-year period of rapid growth. He was responsible for marketing and sales with investors across North America and Europe. He also led significant strategy, product development and operations initiatives. Prior to joining Brookfield, Matt was a Senior Director with Tishman Speyer. Over a six-year period, he held positions in the leasing and acquisitions teams before helping to establish and develop their funds management operation. During his tenure in this group, Mr. Hershey was instrumental in growing the team from three to twenty-four professionals, expanding the sales channels from private wealth to institutional investors. He represented core and opportunistic funds and joint-venture investments in the U.S., Europe and multiple emerging markets.
As managing director of development at Hidrock Realty, Joseph Ginex oversees Hidrock’s entire development portfolio and serves as the liaison on new development investments between Hidrock and its investors and lenders. Joseph provides guidance in evaluating new development opportunities and manages the development team once a property is acquired. He orchestrates the business plan for developments and tailors project teams based on specific uses and project complexity. Joseph also plays a lead role in negotiating joint ventures with new equity partners, assists in securing financing and negotiating construction loans for Hidrock’s new developments. Prior to joining Hidrock, Joseph was the vice president at SDS Investments, where he was responsible for acquisitions and project management for the company’s development projects, which were valued in excess of $4.5 billion upon stabilization. Joseph simultaneously served as director of acquisitions for SDS’ partner, the Sapir Organization, where he was directly involved in construction financing and refinancing worth more than $1.5 billion for the company’s office and development properties. During that time, Joseph also oversaw the development of the William Beaver House and the Trump SoHo Hotel. Prior to joining SDS Investments, Joseph was an assistant vice president at Acadia Realty Trust, a publicly traded shopping center REIT. During his tenure at Acadia, he was involved in more than $400 million in acquisitions and redevelopments. Joseph was the point person for underwriting and overseeing the acquisition process for the company’s Urban/In-fill retail investments, which were projected to have a residual value in excess of $210 million. Joseph earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and management from Brooklyn College and a master’s degree in business administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Daniel Parker is a Senior Vice President on the Hodges Ward Elliott (“HWE”) New York commercial investment sales team. Prior to joining HWE, Daniel was a Vice President at The Related Companies, where he led a management team overseeing a 2,700 unit multifamily portfolio in New York City. Prior to working for Related, Daniel worked in the Savills Studley Capital Transactions Group, closing in excess of $2.2 billion in commercial real estate transactions including residential, office, retail and land. Notable transactions include residential properties at 316 Bergen, the Madison Belvedere at 10 East 29th Street, 111 Kent Avenue, the office properties at 100-104 Fifth Avenue, 31 West 27th Street, 414 West 14th Street, the retail condominiums at 525 Broadway, 465 Broadway and 2300 Broadway, and the development sites at 616 First Avenue and 400 Park Avenue South. Earlier in his career, Daniel worked as a multifamily asset manager, overseeing 45 properties with 1,600 apartments and 78 retail spaces located in New York City for Prana Investments. Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Utah and an MBA in Finance and Economics from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.
David joined Megalith Capital in New York City as an investment and asset management associate in 2016 and is responsible for underwriting new real estate investment opportunities and assisting with project coordination. Prior to joining the firm, David worked as an associate at PGIM Real Estate, the global investment management business of Prudential Financial, Inc., for four years in Munich where he was involved in the acquisition and disposition of more than $400m of real estate assets throughout Germany and other parts of Europe with a main focus on office, retail, and industrial properties. David also worked as a summer associate at The Related Companies in New York City, where he assisted in the underwriting and execution of High Yield Debt opportunities. David graduated cum laude from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2016.
Caitlyn joined Tishman Speyer as an Assistant Project Manager in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Caitlyn was an Assistant Project Manager and Assistant Superintendent on several interior office projects throughout New York City for Cauldwell Wingate. Caitlyn also worked as a summer intern in Boston Properties’ Development Group in New York City. While earning her graduate degree, Caitlyn worked as a consultant to FC Modular on their modular residential building B2 BKLYN. Caitlyn received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University in 2012 and her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2016.
Mark Sheeran brings a diversified set of experiences in real estate development, asset management, engineering, and construction to the Advisory Board. Mark joined Pantheon Properties in June 2016 as the Director of Real Estate Development, where he is focused on growing the Pantheon platform through development while also managing the firm's asset management activities. Mark came to Pantheon from an engineering and construction management firm where he was responsible for corporate acquisitions, integrations, and strategic planning initiatives. Prior to that, he worked as in-house development staff and a third-party owner’s representative on some of the highest profile projects in New York City, including the One World Trade Center project. Over his career, Mark has been involved in the development, leasing, and asset management of over $1 billion of real estate in the New York Metro Area. Mark received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College and his M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business.