Biography

TRANSWESTERN ROLE

Stephen is a partner in Transwestern’s New York office and the national leader of the firm’s Nonprofit Advisory Group, which helps nonprofits of all sizes minimize occupancy costs and capitalize on the tremendous savings uniquely available to tax-exempt organizations. He provides a full range of tenant advisory and agency services to the nonprofit community.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

An experienced real estate professional who has spent the past 15 years of his career exclusively working on behalf on nonprofit organizations, Stephen provides consulting and transaction services to leading institutions in New York City and across the country. He has successfully completed more than 5 million square feet of transactions for nonprofits, with a keen eye towards ensuring that the organization’s real estate strategy is in complete support of its critical mission.
 
Prior to joining Transwestern, Stephen served as senior manager for Denham Wolf Real Estate Services. During his career, he has helped a wide spectrum of nonprofits secure mission-driven administrative and program space, including Children’s Aid, Goodwill Industries, City Year, KIPP Foundation, Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, Selfhelp Community Services, Zeta Charter Schools, the National Museum of Mathematics and Democracy Prep Public Schools.
 
Stephen has particular expertise in securing off-market real estate solutions for the Social Service and Education nonprofit sectors requiring ground-up construction and adaptive reuse. Additionally, he is an expert at implementing holistic dispositions and acquisitions processes, such as helping The Atlantic Foundation extract $50,000,000 from its Chelsea property and a simultaneous relocation. Other notable investment sales transactions include the $35 million sale of Goodwill Terrace to Jonathan Rose Cos., which set a record price for an affordable housing preservation disposition in New York City; the Manhattan sale of a 110,000-square-foot community facility site to the Marymount School of New York; and an 80,000-square-foot build-to-suit headquarters consolidation for Children’s Aid in Harlem.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION / RECOGNITION

Stephen serves as the Chair of the Associate Board for the National Museum of Mathematics and sits on Transwestern’s Board of Directors. He is a frequent public speaker at thought leadership conferences for the nonprofit sector, including the Rooftops Conference, Teach For America, Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York and Lawyers Alliance for New York. Stephen is sought after as a press source for nonprofits and real estate and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the New York Post and Crain’s New York Business. In 2020, he was honored by Crain’s New York Business with inclusion on its “Notable in Real Estate” list. He is a licensed real estate salesperson in New York.

EDUCATION

Stephen earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in real estate development from New York University.

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