Jonathan Denham

Jonathan Denham Co-President

CONSULTING, PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT SINCE 1985

Jon is an industry leader in the field of real estate consulting, with over 25 years of experience in planning, design, and construction in New York City. Guided by his complementary background in civil engineering and urban planning, Jon co-founded Denham Wolf with Paul Wolf to provide integrated real estate services to nonprofit organizations as a means towards sustainable and dynamic urban development. By supporting organizations that provide critical services and economic activity, Denham Wolf created a viable platform for real estate that contributes to the vitality of New York City.

As a Co-President of Denham Wolf, Jon has successfully managed a multitude of urban development projects, bringing to bear a deep understanding of the human dynamics involved in every project. His work has included planning and feasibility studies, building and facility assessments, and the design and construction of a diverse range of building projects for educational, healthcare, and cultural organizations. Jon’s work is strengthened by his ability to work with complex development structures, extensive contacts with government and private development entities, and a strong track record with community groups and elected officials. Together, Jon’s experience and holistic vision of real estate planning allows him to effectively lead Denham Wolf’s highly-skilled staff, as well as diversified external teams.

In 2007, Denham Wolf expanded their business practice to include the re-development of the Banknote building, a 400,000 square foot adaptive re-use project that Jon and Paul envisioned as an economic engine and locus of community service in the South Bronx. Other key projects include the development of the Jerome Robbins Theater for the Baryshnikov Arts Center, a permanent home for Poets House in Battery Park City, a new headquarters facility for the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, and Scandinavia House, a multifunctional cultural center for the American-Scandinavian Foundation.

Before jointly founding Denham Wolf, Jon studied engineering at Princeton University. During this time, he developed an interest in architecture as well, which further drove his interest in the built environment. After college, he worked in consulting engineering, and went on to work at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where his work in public-sector development and urban planning led him to pursue a Master’s degree at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Continuing his work at the EDC, ultimately as Senior Vice President of Capital Program & Planning, he completed a number of major projects including alternative site assessments for Yankee Stadium and for Shea Stadium.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • M.P.A. with a specialization in public policy analysis, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York, NY
  • B.S. in Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • Strategic Facilities Planning Committee Member, Star Island Corporation
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, Row New York Board of Directors
  • Princeton Alumni Real Estate Network
Paul Wolf

Paul Wolf Co-President

Real estate development, consulting and brokerage for over 25 years

Paul is an established leader in the field of real estate, with over 25 years of development, brokerage and nonprofit consulting experience. Paul’s expertise has been shaped by his long history and deep experience in New York City real estate, and is proven by his strong record of successfully realizing complex projects. As an industry leader, Paul’s insights and creative approaches, together with those of Co-President Jon Denham, provide the underlying framework for all of Denham Wolf’s services. The combined expertise of Denham Wolf’s diverse staff allows for a thorough and unique approach to the firm’s integrated services, bringing to bear a high level of technical expertise to every project.

As a principal of Denham Wolf, Paul has provided strategic guidance and technical expertise for a range of arts, cultural, community development and educational organizations in New York. He has advised nonprofits on major development projects, represented tenants in acquiring and developing property, helped to finance projects through both traditional and less conventional routes, and represented developers and property owners to secure commercial tenants. Working collaboratively with nonprofits to articulate their real estate-related needs and organizational goals, Paul positively shapes our clients’ strategic real estate decisions and bolsters their capacity to keep mission first.

Since founding Denham Wolf, Paul has facilitated numerous complex projects which have shaped the cultural and civic fabric of New York. For the Roundabout Theatre Company, Paul supported the organization in securing and developing the American Airlines Theater on 42nd Street, acquiring Studio 54, and procuring supporting office space. In working with New York Road Runners, Paul acted as broker and real estate consultant to secure 40,000 square feet of office space while also advancing plans for the newly opened RUN Center. With the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, Paul served as development consultant for a full city block in the West Village, ultimately securing a 99-year ground lease between the church and a residential developer.

Prior to co-founding Denham Wolf in 1998, Paul served as Senior Vice President of Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. In this position, he was responsible for leasing a commercial and industrial portfolio of over 11 million square feet, and he frequently functioned as the market expert to support the City’s corporate retention efforts. Paul regularly presents and guest lectures at institutions such as Columbia University, Yale University, Brooklyn College, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. He currently serves on the board of the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • Executive M.B.A., Columbia University Graduate School of Business, New York, NY
  • B.A. in English, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Member, STREB Lab for Action Mechanics Board of Directors
  • Paul has been a licensed real estate broker in New York State since 1988
Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis Senior Transactions Manager

Lauren joined Denham Wolf in 2014 with significant experience in the negotiation of real estate transactions for the governmental sector. Within the Transaction Services team, Lauren works closely with the firm’s project managers, principals, and directly with clients to provide a range of essential services including brokerage and strategic planning.

Lauren honed her skills in financial analysis, lease documentation, and team and vendor management while working at DTZ, a UGL Company in Washington, DC. As Associate Transactions Manager, Lauren’s work at DTZ involved the procurement and securing of leases for the General Services Administration of the United States Government. In managing this multi-million dollar national account, Lauren was responsible for transactions totaling 500,000 SF of office and warehouse space. Lauren’s work for the GSA, combined with a strong interest in the performing arts, led to her desire to join the Denham Wolf team.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • B.S. in Psychology, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Licensed New York State Real Estate Salesperson
  • Member, Barrow Group Young Professionals Committee
Lauren M. Farrell

Lauren M. Farrell Senior Project Manager

As a member of Denham Wolf’s Project Management Services team, Lauren serves as a liaison between a project’s team members, vendors, the client, and Denham Wolf, ensuring informed decision making by all throughout design and construction projects. Lauren’s responsibilities include the selection and oversight of project team members and other vendors, which ranges from defining scopes of work, administering RFPs, bid leveling, and ongoing monitoring of project costs and schedules.

Lauren brings to Denham Wolf her experience as an advocate of responsible building practices in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Her past roles have has focused on waterfront development, urban land use, building energy benchmarking, and internal design and construction standards. Most recently, Lauren supported the renovation and construction of facilities throughout New York City for the Success Academy Charter Schools.

Above and beyond these professional experiences, Lauren has advocated for responsible energy policy and sustainable urban development as part of NAIOP’s Government Affairs Committee and Energy and Infrastructure Committee, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal Association, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, the New England Women in Energy and Environment (NEWIEE), and the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Lauren holds a Master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • M.A. in Energy and Environmental Analysis, Boston University
  • B.S. Urban Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Member, USGBC
Emily Fitzgerald

Emily Fitzgerald Project Associate

As Denham Wolf’s Project Associate, Emily works closely with the firm’s Project Managers to assure quality and consistency in our services as we manage a client’s capital project. Emily specifically coordinates project accounting in addition to supporting the assembly of high-performance design and construction teams, the development and maintenance of project schedules, and the preparation of progress reports to clients, funders, and lenders.

Emily’s past work experience comprises several positions for mission-driven organizations in New York City’s nonprofit sector, including a homeless services provider and institutions in both K-12 and higher education. In her roles for these organizations, Emily regularly developed and maintained a variety of budgets, ensured compliant use and reporting on public funding sources, assessed the financial health of specific projects, initiatives, or departments, and made recommendations for sustainably improving financial performance, among other responsibilities that supported operational effectiveness.

Emily’s commitment to strengthening communities extends far beyond her professional positions. While working toward her MBA, Emily began serving as Policy Council Representative for Head Start, a program that promotes school readiness of children under five years of age from low-income families, which is administered within the United States’ Department of Health and Human Services. She has also volunteered in support of refugee resettlement in Vermont and briefly provided English instruction for women and children in Canoa, Ecuador.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • M.B.A., Champlain College, Burlington, VT
  • B.A., Wagner College, New York, NY
  • Certificate in Emerging Leaders in Non-Profits Pace & Baruch College, New York, NY
Gisela Garrett

Gisela Garrett Director of Marketing & Operations

As the Director of Denham Wolf’s marketing and operations efforts, Gisela is focused on enriching the connections among the firm’s professionals, clients, collaborators, and project beneficiaries. In addition, she provides comprehensive oversight of the firm’s human resources and supports interdisciplinary operations. Her past experience spans several professional service industries, including architecture and performing arts, and features a connective thread of humanitarian placemaking. In her current role, Gisela is able to blend her skills in brand management, public relations, and internal capacity building with a contagious enthusiasm for creating positive social impact.

Gisela has been volunteering at the intersection of the built environment and community development since childhood. In particular, she is passionate about leveraging human capital to empower disenfranchised communities to achieve their goals. A firm believer in strong organizational values, Gisela also actively advocates a triple bottom line approach to business.

Gisela holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the psychological impacts of built and temporary space. Her writing, which most frequently explores the evolving nature of cities and the professionals behind that evolution, has been featured in publications such as e-Oculus, YAF’s Connection, and Metropolis Magazine.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • B.A. in Visual Studies, Specializations in Urban Studies and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Member, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, OHNY Open Council
Khalil Hall

Khalil Hall Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Khalil provides key support across the firm’s administrative, human resources, and information technology functions. He regularly collaborates with all Denham Wolf team members to ensure the quality of our operational infrastructure, often working to refine the signature standards and systems created over Denham Wolf’s history. In addition, Khalil promotes intra-office learning, employee engagement, and overall wellbeing through a variety of daily tasks and long-term workplace initiatives.

Khalil’s past professional experiences within the real estate industry, paired with his dedication to improving quality of life throughout the modern city, make him a valuable colleague and a natural advocate for Denham Wolf’s clients. Khalil holds a Bachelor of Arts in Metropolitan Studies from New York University, which honored him as a Commencement Ceremony Diploma Recipient, a unique distinction within each graduating class. While at NYU, Khalil worked to improve the student experience in numerous ways; among his many contributions is the founding of MARS (Men Against Rape and Sexual Misconduct), which works with other on-campus groups to help dismantle rape culture and shift attitudes about sexual misconduct.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • B.S. in Metropolitan Studies, New York University, New York, NY
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Member, Be Social Change
Avery Hogue

Avery Hogue Analyst

Avery works closely with Denham Wolf’s transaction specialists and project managers to support our nonprofit clients in property acquisition, property disposition, and strategic real estate planning. As part of Denham Wolf’s Transaction Services practice group, Avery contributes to the planning, structuring, evaluating, and negotiating of commercial real estate transactions, primarily through the creation of real estate-related financial models and other integral analysis.

Prior to joining Denham Wolf, Avery worked with real estate professionals at Marcus & Millichap, CBRE, and TerraCRG, as well as with the nonprofit DREAM (formerly Harlem RBI). A Brooklyn native, Avery has had substantial exposure to New York City’s unique real estate market and continues to develop his expertise in its sales market as well as the local retail, office, and residential leasing markets.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • B.S. in Economics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
  • Licensed New York State Real Estate Salesperson
Ronzard Innocent

Ronzard Innocent Director of Project Management

Ron has been a key member of Denham Wolf’s project management team since 2007. Drawing upon his extensive background in facilities planning, design and construction, Ron brings a sophisticated understanding of all aspects of the project management process to the firm and its clients.

As Director of Project Management, Ron leads the Project Management team’s key initiatives and works closely with Jonathan Denham, Principal of the firm, to pilot new business development efforts, and provide guidance to the firm’s skilled team of Project Managers. His tactical project leadership and commitment to the seamless delivery of quality services will allow him to further advance the firm’s nonprofit expertise.

Ron’s expertise and commitment to community-driven projects is exemplified by his work for the Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center (BMS), for which he successfully implemented a complex expansion plan that significantly increased the capacity of healthcare services at one of New York’s most dynamic community-based health centers. For his commitment and leadership on the development and construction of BMS’ new state of the arts dental facility project, Ron was formally recognized by BMS.

Ron implemented the same level of management excellence for Planned Parenthood of New York City where the organization opened the Diane L. Max Health Center. This new 14,000 square foot community healthcare center in Long Island City is PPNYC’s first facility in Queens and will be utilized as a prototype for PPNYC’s other health centers around the five boroughs. Ron’s project portfolio also includes The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and The Public Theater.

Prior to joining Denham Wolf, Ron served as Project Manager for Partners Healthcare at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, Massachusetts. While at BWH he managed a 100,000-square foot master-planning initiative of the hospital’s Pathology Research Department. He worked closely with the Pathology group to implement a plan that addressed the department’s spatial constraints, developed project budgets, and scheduled phasing for the multi-year construction effort and facilities re-organization.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • M.S. in Real Estate Development, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, New York, NY
  • B.A. in Graphic Design and Communication, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Ron has additional training in architecture from the Boston Architectural Center
  • Advisory Committee Member, Board of Directors of Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, Haiti Cultural Exchange (a nonprofit organization that develops, presents, and promotes Haiti’s culture in New York).
Maxwell King

Maxwell King Associate

Maxwell brings a sharp data driven approach to every brokerage project that blends financial analytics and real estate consulting. In the role of Associate, Maxwell supports the team by generating client-specific feasibility studies, developing multifaceted financial models, and conducting research on New York City’s real estate market and nonprofit industry trends.

Maxwell’s professional and academic experiences have provided him with an understanding of real estate finance and how business management relates to the political climate and global financial markets. As an extern at Morgan Stanley, he was exposed to the municipal bond sector of the finance industry. Max holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, Grossman School of Business, where he studied Business Administration with a concentration in finance.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • B.S. in Business Administration, University of Vermont
  • M.P.S. candidate, Real Estate, Georgetown University
  • Licensed New York State Real Estate Salesperson
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
Lucy Mallett

Lucy Mallett Director of Finance

Lucy joined Denham Wolf full-time in 2014, bringing to the firm her expertise in strategic planning, financial analysis, and small business management honed in the nonprofit and performing arts sector. As the firm’s first Director of Finance, Lucy provides comprehensive management of all aspects of Denham Wolf’s accounting and finance. Coming from a nonprofit arts background, Lucy was drawn to Denham Wolf because of the unique opportunity it affords to serve multiple organizations in the arts and the broader nonprofit community.

Prior to joining Denham Wolf, Lucy was the Director of Finance & Administration for Elevator Repair Service Theater. During her time at Elevator Repair Service, Lucy managed a 25% growth of the budget, and led the board in establishing a board advised artistic reserve. Lucy also serves as a financial consultant for a range of arts nonprofits including Abraham.In.Motion, Armitage Gone! Dance, and Blank Forms.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • M.A. in Performing Arts Administration, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York, NY
  • B.A. in Psychology and Minors in Dance and Spanish, College of Wooster, Wooster, OH
  • Board Member and Treasurer, Elevator Repair Service Theater
  • Board Member, Center for Performance Research
Neelima Panoli

Neelima Panoli Senior Project Manager, Development Services

Neelima’s expertise spans strategic planning, real estate finance, and architectural design and is drawn from practice in both the United States and overseas. Through her work, Neelima seeks to create opportunities for neighborhood development and greater access to community resources. As a member of the firm’s Development Services group, Neelima bolsters the firm’s growing portfolio of complex real estate development projects. She is engaged in a range of activities which support this work, including assessing project feasibility, site acquisition and pre-development coordination, and administering RFPs on behalf of clients seeking development partners.

Prior to joining Denham Wolf, Neelima worked at The Weitzman Group, where she provided real estate advisory services to a variety of public and private sector clients. In this capacity, she developed a long-term strategic plan for one of the City’s largest non-profit organizations, in support of their capital expansion plan across the five boroughs. Neelima also evaluated the feasibility of a range of mixed-use developments, and she provided valuation support for the acquisition, redevelopment, and disposition of properties totaling over $1.5 billion in value.

In other prior engagements, Neelima worked with non-profit organizations focused on housing policy research and design, including the Citizens Housing and Planning Council in New York, as well as with planning and architectural firms in India and Europe.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • M.Arch in Urban Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • B.Arch, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India
  • Board Member, Harvard Alumni Architectural and Urban Society
  • Member, Women in Housing and Finance of New York City
  • LEED GA
  • Licensed New York State Real Estate Salesperson
Carmen Potter

Carmen Potter Project Manager

Carmen serves as a Project Manager within Denham Wolf’s Project Management Services team, which oversees capital projects on behalf of nonprofit clients and provides related upfront planning services. In this position, Carmen serves as a key liaison between project team members, vendors, the client, and Denham Wolf, ensuring informed decision making by all throughout a project. Her key responsibilities include supporting clients in the selection of project team members and related vendors, and in subsequently monitoring project progress against a project’s budget, schedule, and other client-specific goals.

On every client engagement, Carmen is committed to thoughtfully driving the project forward, from conception to preliminary occupancy. Her past experiences as both a project manager within an institution and a project manager within an architectural practice have bolstered her capacity to see capital projects from multiple perspectives. Furthermore, Carmen is able to draw expertise from a diverse range of project types, project scales, and building users, which empowers her to align each project all the most closely with her client’s goals. Carmen holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Business, both from Morgan State University in Baltimore.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • M.Arch., Morgan State University, Baltimore MD
  • B.S. in Business Management, Morgan State University, Baltimore MD
Eve Dilworth Rosen

Eve Dilworth Rosen Senior Marketing Manager

In the role of Senior Marketing Manager, Eve guides the firm’s efforts to engage new clients and celebrate Denham Wolf’s commitment to mission-driven organizations. From a young age, Eve has been highly engaged in the promotion of social and environmental justice. Denham Wolf’s focus on leveraging real estate in support of organizational missions combines Eve’s passion with her substantial professional experience in the built environment.

Eve holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Parsons School of Design and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Urban Policy and Administration at CUNY’s Brooklyn College, where her research focused on equality of efficacy in public policy. She has spent the last decade working to expand and amplify the conversation on justice, sustainability, and innovation in the built environment–first at Metropolis Magazine and then at AIA New York.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • BFA, Photography, Parsons School of Design
  • MA candidate, Urban Policy and Administration, CUNY Brooklyn College
Christopher D. Turner

Christopher D. Turner Director of Transaction Services

As the Director of Denham Wolf’s Transaction Services practice group, Christopher leads the team in the planning, structuring, and negotiating of real estate transactions for the New York City nonprofit community. With over 15 years of brokerage experience, Christopher has advocated for a diversity of clients in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors and represented these organizations in a wide range of acquisition and disposition projects. His extensive knowledge of the industry strengthens the group’s client engagements, while his many years of organizational design and standards oversight experience ensure the effectiveness of the group’s operations.

Christopher has been involved in more than 8 million square feet of closed transactions and advisory assignments across the United States. Prior to joining Denham Wolf, Christopher primarily provided advisement on the acquisition and disposition of a wide range of investment, leasing, and financing assignments as a Senior Director at Colliers International. Christopher’s extensive transaction-based skillset also led him to work previously with London & Capital (L&C), Cushman & Wakefield, and the British Government. While at L&C, he was responsible for a diverse portfolio of properties, and his work included reinvigorating leasing activities across the portfolio focusing on under-performing buildings to maximize occupancy. As the Associate Director for Cushman & Wakefield’s Corporate Assets Group, Christopher provided consulting services to several organizations whose assets spanned the industrial, office, retail, and residential sectors. His past government experience includes real estate advisory and managerial roles, in both the health and justice sectors.

Christopher is the US Country Chair for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, infrastructure, and construction. He is a member of ULI and a perennial mentor to ULI Young Leaders.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • Postgraduate Diploma, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, London, U.K. (MRICS)
  • B.S. in Building Surveying, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, U.K.
  • USA Country Chair, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Licensed New York State Real Estate Salesperson
Kate Van Tassel

Kate Van Tassel Director of Development Services

As the Director of Development Services, Kate Van Tassel leads a highly collaborative practice group in the assessment, structuring, and negotiation of real estate development opportunities for New York City nonprofits. The Development Services practice group primarily helps clients to understand the development potential of the real estate that they control, to determine the viability and mission impact of undertaking a development project, and to subsequently prepare for such a project.

Prior to joining Denham Wolf, Kate served as a Vice President in the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Development division. In this capacity, she forged connections and built consensus among architects, engineers, real estate professionals, government agencies, and community stakeholders in order to facilitate multi-million-dollar development and infrastructure projects in New York City. Among these highly complex public/private projects are the Essex Crossing development in the Lower East Side and Lower Concourse North in the Bronx. Kate also advanced economic development in the region through her work at Sustainable South Bronx, specifically during the nonprofit’s earliest years.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • M.C.P., Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • B.S. in Chemistry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Stephen Weinstein

Stephen Weinstein SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

Stephen joined Denham Wolf’s project management team as a seasoned expert in New York City’s building industry. As Senior Project Manager, he leads Denham Wolf clients through a variety of multi-faceted design and construction projects, serving as a natural extension and reinforcement of the nonprofit’s internal leadership. In this role, Stephen ensures streamlined coordination across a capital project’s team members, vendors, funders, lenders, and project beneficiaries, therefore empowering the project’s progress against plan. He is committed to keeping mission central to each project, while simultaneously balancing its many competing priorities.

With past professional experience as both an external service provider and an internal project resource, Stephen is skilled at bridging communications between and across organizations. His diverse experience includes a variety of project types, project sizes, and nonprofit sectors, with past clients ranging from major academic medical centers to the Museum of Modern Art. For the latter, Stephen supported the institution in the most extensive capital project in its history, including 250,000 square feet of renovation work and 400,000 square feet of new construction. In addition, he has guided the planning and implementation of multiple office relocation or consolidation projects, led the renovation of highly regulated behavioral health space, and overseen the expansion and renovation of one of the largest Emergency Departments in Manhattan.

Through Stephen’s 20+ years of experience in the planning, design, and construction in healthcare, cultural, educational, and corporate environments, he has developed deep expertise across the entire lifecycle of a real estate project. A Brooklyn native, Stephen is OSHA certified and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brooklyn College.

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    Education & Affiliations

  • B.S. in Accounting Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
  • OSHA 10-Hour Certification
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