Columbia Real Estate Association Officers 2017 - 2018
Jonny A. Cohen
Jonny graduated Summa Cum Laude from the George Washington University with a BBA in Finance and Economics. After graduating he spent three years in real estate investment banking, first with Morgan Stanley in London before moving to J.P. Morgan in New York. Jonny spent his last year and a half before business school with Cohen Equities, a real estate private equity family business. At Cohen Equities Jonny focused on acquisitions, dispositions and refinancing of commercial properties across the country.
Sam graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA and MPA in Accounting. After graduating, he worked in investment banking for BMO Capital Markets where he analyzed the strategic rationale of potential mergers, acquisitions, and financing alternatives for public companies in the energy industry. Sam then spent four years as an Associate with Three Rivers, an oil-and-gas portfolio company of Riverstone Holdings. As a key member of the corporate development team, he helped to source deals, develop investment theses, lead acquisition presentations to management, and conduct due diligence on total bids in excess of $1 billion and total closings in excess of $400 million. This summer he will be in Los Angeles interning with CIM Group in their Investments Department.
Co-VP of Alumni & Mentorship
Stephanie is a Los Angeles native and second-year student focusing on real estate investment and development. After graduating with a degree in Business Studies and Art History at New York University, Stephanie spent four years working in product development and global marketing at L’Oréal. In addition to her role as VP of Alumni & Mentorship in the REA, she also serves as the President of the Hospitality and Travel Association. This summer, Stephanie will be interning at Brookfield Asset Management in its hotel investment group.
Co-VP of Alumni & Mentorship
Emily graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Political Economy and Art History. Prior to business school, Emily worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Management Division, overseeing investments across asset management and private wealth management. Previously, she worked in the Office of the General Counsel at Goldman Sachs. This summer, Emily will be interning in residential development at The Lightstone Group.
Co-VP of Careers
Cindy graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Hotel Administration and a minor in Real Estate. Prior to business school, Cindy worked in real estate acquisitions at Clarion Partners in New York City, covering all asset types across the Northeast, Midwest, and Texas. Cindy is in the J-term program and will be taking classes full-time this summer.
Co-VP of Careers
Isabella is a first-year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia, Isabella worked as an Investment Associate at CIM Group, a real estate and infrastructure private equity firm with approx. $18.8 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining CIM, Isabella spent 2 years in the Private Investments team in DUMAC, where she was actively involved in multiple venture capital, private equity, and real estate fund and co-investment transactions. Isabella graduated from Duke University with High Distinction in Economics.
VP of Case Competitions
Mark graduated from Tufts University in 2010 with a BS in Quantitative Economics and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Prior to Columbia Business School, he co-founded two real estate technology ventures in Boston, MA and was an early employee at another start-up. He will be interning at Tishman Speyer in New York this summer.
VP of Finance
Jeff is from Medfield, Massachusetts and graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Prior to enrolling at Columbia Business School, Jeff worked in the Boston area in various engineering roles at FM Global, a large commercial property insurance company. At FM Global, Jeff assisted a wide range of clients with assessing, managing, and mitigating property risk. Jeff holds a Professional Engineer’s (P.E.) License in fire protection in the State of Massachusetts and he also serves as a Career Fellow at Columbia Business School.
Co-VP of Events
Elliott received degrees in both Real Estate and Finance from the University of Georgia. He spent his post-collegiate career working as an Associate for Mercer Investments conducting manager due diligence and advising institutional clients on real estate manager selection, allocation and strategy implementation. This summer, he will be joining KAUST Investment Management Company’s real estate team. He is focusing on real estate finance and acquisitions and he is a CFA Level III Candidate.
Co-VP of Events
Eric is a New Jersey native and a first-year student focused on real estate investment and development at Columbia Business School. After graduating from Emory University, Eric worked for Cushman & Wakefield's Shanghai office, where he helped lead the China Investment & Capital Markets division for several years. In 2015, he co-founded Core Capital Asia, a pure-play cross border real estate investment advisory firm focused on channeling outbound China-centric capital to real estate projects in key global markets. After Columbia he intends to maintain a global focus in real estate investment on the principal side of the industry.
Co-VP of Trips
Mandy graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After graduation, she worked as a project engineer at Turner Construction for 5 years, managing ground-up construction projects such as the New York Police Academy, 28-10 Jackson Avenue, 7 Bryant Park, and the Cornell Co-location Building on Roosevelt Island. This summer, Mandy will be interning at DDG Partners, focusing on real estate development in New York.
Co-VP of Trips
Pat is from Bangkok, Thailand. He is interested in math and physics and has a family business in Real Estate Development. Pat graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He worked in management consulting at Accenture for three years as a generalist. Pat is interested in pursuing real estate development post-business school.
Co-VP of Education
Matt is a member of Columbia Business School’s Class of 2018. Prior to CBS, Matt worked at Macklowe Properties as an Acquisitions & Capital Markets Associate. In this role, Matt supported the identification, analysis, and execution of new acquisition opportunities. In addition, Matt was actively involved in the firm’s capital market functions, facilitating Macklowe’s capitalization efforts and structured transactions. Prior to joining Macklowe, Matthew worked at Midtown Equities where he held acquisition and asset management responsibilities. Matthew earned a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Co-VP of Education
Zach graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, where he was a double major in Economics and Psychology. He then worked for 2 years at Analysis Group, a national economic consulting firm, before joining his family’s real estate development business in Baltimore, MD, where he worked for 3 years before coming to Columbia Business School. Zach is focused on real estate development and investment at Columbia.
VP of Communications & Technology
Sofia is a second year mba student focused on real estate finance and technology. Prior to business school, Sofia worked for four years as a structural engineering project manager specializing on fast track and historical restoration projects in Boston, MA. Prior to restoration, Sofia worked on infrastructure and transportation design. Sofia is a registered professional engineer and she holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with High Distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Sofia also serves on the Silfen Leadership Board and she is excited to be interning at UDR this summer.
VP of International
Elena is originally from Italy and she is focusing on Real Estate at Columbia Business School. Elena earned a BS and a MS in Civil Engineering both from Politecnico di Milano, with a focus on Structural Engineering. After graduating, she worked as a management consultant for 3 years, first in Strategy& and then in McKinsey. She was involved in several banking, energy and retail projects, working for some of the most important Italian companies. Elena is attending her MBA in the expedited J-term program and will be taking classes full-time during summer, planning for a part-time internship in the fall.
VP of Site Tours
Ricki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with honors in 2013. Prior to enrolling at Columbia, Ricki worked in Acquisitions and Capital Markets at DDG, a luxury real estate developer based in Manhattan with offices in San Francisco and Palm Beach. While at DDG she worked on existing developments in all three regions. Before working at DDG she was an Associate at Deutsche Bank in the Debt Capital Markets/ Derivatives Solutions group covering Technology, Media & Telecom companies. Ricki is involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors including UJA Federation where she serves as a board member of Generosity Young Leadership. Ricki is excited to be joining Silverstein Properties over the summer in the Acquisitions & Development group.
VP of EMBA
An experienced professional, Mikhael is global Co-Head of Operational Due Diligence, responsible for diligence, approval, and monitoring of private real estate and private equity investments on Citi's global private capital investment platform, which comprises 100+ third party managed funds and $10+ billion in committed capital across investment structures & operating models (i.e. feeder funds, direct investments, co-investments). He is a voting member of platform's investment committee and various portfolio construction and oversight committees. Mikhael is a NYS CPA and earned a BBA in Accounting and MS in Finance from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business.