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The Columbia Business School Real Estate Association (REA) is pleased to announce the assistant vice presidents elected for the 2016–17 academic year. The officers, all in the class of 2018, were elected by the REA membership.
By Michael Steinberg ’18
AVP of Alumni & Mentorship
Sam Fenwick 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.
Stephanie Deutsch is a Los Angeles native and a first-year student focusing on real estate development and investment at Columbia Business School. After graduating from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, Stephanie spent four years working in product development and global marketing within the Luxe division at L’Oréal. In addition to her role as the AVP of Alumni & Mentorship in the REA, Stephanie also serves on the board of the Hospitality and Tourism Association as the AVP of Events. Stephanie is an avid traveler and has visited six out of the seven continents, and hopes to combine her passion for hotels and real estate development.
AVPs of Careers
Isabella Lin worked as an Investment Associate at CIM Group, an institutional real estate private equity firm with approximately $18.8 billion in assets under management. At CIM, Isabella focused on opportunistic, value-add, and core investments in various property types (office, hotel, retail, multi-family) in major U.S. urban markets. Prior to joining CIM, Isabella spent two years in the Private Investments team at 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.
Elliott Fry worked as an Associate in the Real Estate Boutique in the Mercer Investments Atlanta office. He was responsible for evaluating US real estate investment managers in order to advise institutional clients on manager selection, real estate allocation, and strategy implementation. Before joining the Real Estate Boutique, Elliott worked as a senior investment analyst on the General Investments team, conducting performance and risk exposure analysis for equity and fixed income strategies. Elliott received his undergraduate degree from University of Georgia, where he majored in Finance and Real Estate. Elliott is a CFA Level III candidate and Charles Grossman/PREA Real Estate Scholarship recipient.
AVP of Case Competitions
Mark Abramowicz 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. He is pursuing opportunities in real estate investment and development.
AVP of Communications & Technology
Michael Steinberg graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Economics. After graduation, Michael joined the Research and Economics Group at Reis, a commercial real estate data and analytics firm. At Reis, Michael assisted institutional debt and equity investors with managing real estate portfolios, navigating the shifting regulatory and compliance environment, and preparing for the changes that economic, demographic and political shifts will have on the performance of real estate holdings throughout the U.S. Michael also liaised with clients to develop custom research tools that did not fall within Reis's standard suite of products.
AVP of Education
Zach Gorn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, where he was a double major in Economics and Psychology and was a member of the varsity men’s tennis team. 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 a first year student at Columbia focused on real estate development and investment.
AVP of Events
Emily Steinberg graduated from Williams College with degrees in Political Economy and Art History. Prior to business school, she worked in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs, where she oversaw investing decisions across asset management and private wealth management and had responsibility for global governance over new business activities. Previously, Emily worked with the General Counsel of Goldman Sachs on management of the global Legal Department. Emily is now a first year student at Columbia Business School focusing on real estate development.
AVP of Finance
Jeff Harrington 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.
AVP of Site Tours
Ricki Shenfeld 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 and aided in the acquisition of DDG’s first multifamily development site in San Francisco. 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.
AVPs of Trips
Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, Einat Aldaag joined her family owned real estate investment company as a full time senior associate, conducting investment research, performing due diligence, and overseeing over 20 potential acquisitions in Israel and abroad. Before joining her family business, Einat was a brand manager with Padani Jewelers, a luxury Israeli jewelry and watch company, where she oversaw 4 top-selling Swiss watch brands. After graduation Einat plans to pursue a role in a New York based real estate investment company, with a focus on acquisitions. Einat graduated with a BA in business administration from the IDC, Arison School of Business in Israel. Prior to her degree, Einat served as a physical training officer in the Israeli military, leading a team of ten instructors.
Mandy Yeung was born in Hong Kong and raised in New York City. Upon graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Civil Engineering, Mandy started working at Turner Construction, a large general contractor, in their New York Business Unit. Her experience includes roles in trade engineering, procurement, and change order management, at ground-up construction projects such as the New York Police Academy, the Bridge at Cornell Tech, 7 Bryant Park, and a luxury residential tower in Long Island City.
Michael Steinberg ’18 is the REA’s newly elected AVP of Communications and Technology.