Jerry L. Cohen, BS 1953 and MBA 1959
Partner, Tishman Speyer Properties

Jerry L. Cohen is currently Partner at Tishman Speyer Properties.  Mr. Cohen’s career in real estate spans five decades, throughout which he has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading commercial realtors.  He has been personally responsible for the sale and leasing of over 40 million square feet in the New York metropolitan area.

Mr. Cohen began his career after serving in the armed forces with the US Infantry in Iceland.  He joined Brown Harris Stevens in 1957, where he remained for eight years before becoming an owner of Wm. A. White & Sons.  Mr. Cohen’s previous positions include President of Wm. A. White/Grubb & Ellis and President of Grubb & Ellis International.  He was also Vice Chair and Board Member for Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. from 1992 until 1998.  For the past 10 years, Mr. Cohen has been associated with Tishman Speyer, one of the largest and oldest real estate development organizations in the United States.

Mr. Cohen has lectured around the world on real estate issues and has received many of the real estate industry’s most distinguished awards, including the Real Estate Board of New York’s “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year” award, which he received twice.  He has also received the Realty Foundation’s “Man of the Year” award and NYU’s “Madden Award for Distinguished Alumni.”

Mr. Cohen is a lifetime member of the Real Estate Board of New York’s Board of Governors, and he also serves as the Chairman of the Realty Foundation and is on the NYU Stern Board of Overseers. He is a Partner of the Yankee Global Enterprises and was previously President of the New Jersey Nets.  Formerly the Chair Emeritus of the Circle Repertory Theatre, he is currently a member of the Board Council of the Manhattan Theatre Club.

Mr. Cohen received his BS in 1953 and his MBA in 1959, both from NYU Stern.