Martin Cohen was inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) on May 4, 2009 at HUC-JIR’s campus in New York.
“Martin Cohen’s professional expertise in real estate securities as well as his dedicated leadership of Jewish and civic institutions and organizations in New York adds strength to our Board of Governors and administration. We look forward to his wisdom and guidance as we advance our mission of preparing leaders for the Jewish people,” said Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President.
Martin Cohen is co-chairman and co-chief executive officer of Cohen & Steers, Inc., which he established with his colleague, Robert Steers, in 1986. The firm is considered a pioneer in real estate securities investment and is now a leading global investment manager specializing in Real Estate Investment Trusts, international real estate securities, preferred stocks, utilities and large cap value stocks. The company maintains offices in New York, Seattle, Brussels, London and Hong Kong. Cohen & Steers is a New York Stock Exchange listed company (CNS).
Cohen received a Bachelor of Science degree from the City College of New York and worked as a biochemist before attending New York University where he earned an MBA degree. In 2006, City College awarded him the Townsend Harris Medal for Post-Graduate Excellence.
Considered to be one of the nation’s leading experts in real estate securities investment, Cohen is often interviewed and lectures frequently on the subject. In 2001, he was the recipient of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts Industry Achievement Award
He is the current chairman and past president of Temple Israel of the City of New York and is on the board of the UJA-Federation of New York. He also serves on the board of Guild Hall, a cultural organization promoting the arts in East Hampton, NY, and plays classical guitar in his limited spare time.
Michele Cohen, his wife, shares his commitment to civic activities. She serves on the board of UJA-Federation of New York, serves on the Committee for Jewish Renewal, and is treasurer and board member of Project Kesher, an organization that reaches out to Jewish women in the former Soviet Union. In addition, she serves on the boards of Riverdale Country School and Alfred University. Martin and Michele Cohen have four children.
HUC-JIR’s Board of Governors, comprised of distinguished communal and civic leaders and HUC-JIR alumni, is invested with the governance of the College-Institute’s four campuses in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu