Executive Director of the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Jack Nyman leads strategic planning and partnering; guides education programs, research, publishing, and public events; and oversees operations. His initiatives include helping the real estate industry meet the major challenge of achieving sustainability goals.
In 2009 he was elected vice chair of the executive board of Urban Green Council, the New York chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council — a position that fosters productive synergies among the Institute, Council, and the real estate industry at large — both locally and nationally. He also serves on the board of CUNY’s Institute for Urban Systems and on CUNY’s and Baruch College’s Sustainability Task Forces.
To these positions Nyman brings a broad set of skills acquired through years of real estate experience as a developer and investor, service to nonprofit organizations, and advanced studies. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Arizona State University, and an advanced Master’s in Real Estate Development with a concentration in finance from Harvard University. He was awarded an International Research Fellowship at Harvard, where he studied real estate law and management. At Harvard’s Center for Design Informatics he assisted the development of a computerized management system for a global real estate portfolio of one of the world’s largest corporations. He has authored Harvard case studies, including a paper on the financial modeling of large scale real estate portfolio acquisitions and has lectured on real estate management and finance.
Nyman was instrumental to the growth of several companies that developed and acquired substantial portfolios of commercial and residential properties in Canada and the United States. He established and ran development and investment companies of his own. His many years of real estate experience spans mixed-use, residential, retail, cultural, institutional, health care, and adaptive-reuse projects nationally and international.
He has applied his expertise in real estate, building science and management to many nonprofit organizations, particularly in the field of health care, through long standing service on the boards of major hospitals and their foundations.
He is an associate of the American Institute of Architects and a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design. Among his many other affiliations are the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, American Planning Association, National Association of Real Estate Trusts, New York Building Congress, Urban Land Institute, Real Estate Board of New York, Harvard Club of New York, and Harvard Academic Real Estate Initiative.