James Eisenberg: Historic Reuse and Affordable Housing: Experiences of Urban American

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In this presentation, URS and Baker alumnus James Eisenberg (B.S. URS '96, M.P.S. RE '02) shares what drove him to join Urban American, an industry-leading multifamily platform that is vertically integrated from property management to institutional-level asset and portfolio management. The company began with the desire to bring best-in-class operations and management to traditionally underserved communities in aging asset classes. Since 1997, Urban American has invested, owned, and operated more than 22,000 units of residential multifamily housing in the NYC and Denver metro areas as well as West Texas. Most of these projects have involved renovating and preserving prewar multifamily buildings. Eisenberg will share projects, including those in El Paso, Texas, and experiences working with diverse communities. CRP Professor Sara Bronin, a seventh-generation Texan who will imminently serve as President Biden's appointed Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, will serve as a discussant for the presentation. 


James Eisenberg is a partner and copresident of Urban American, a multifamily real estate investment and management platform in New York City.  Along with sourcing new acquisitions and investments for Urban American, Eisenberg oversees on-site management operations and capital improvement of all UA properties across the country. Prior to joining Urban American in 2002, he served with distinction as a Captain in the United States Army, including a tour of duty in the Republic of Korea and with the 101st Airborne Division. Eisenberg earned both his B.S in Urban Planning and master's degree in Real Estate from Cornell University. He also graduated from Ranger School, the Army's elite advanced leadership course. He currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for the Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate, the Cornell University Council, and the Community Housing Improvement Program in New York City.  He has also served on the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning's Advisory Council. 

Eisenberg volunteers much of his time to mentor and advise young veterans transitioning into civilian careers and education and supports several veteran organizations. He and his wife Jesse Sevin Eisenberg '02 have established the Sevin Eisenberg Award for Integrity and Leadership at Cornell's Nolan School of Hotel Administration, a scholarship directed at undergraduates studying real estate and focused on veterans entering college from the military.

Please register to attend the lecture via Zoom.


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