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Lynne B. Sagalyn

Term expires February 15, 2025.

Ms. Sagalyn is the Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Shore Professor Emerita of Real Estate at Columbia University’s School of Business, where she taught for more than twenty years and built its MBA Real Estate Program.  As founding director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate there, she spearheaded a program of deep engagement with the real estate industry.  At other times she was on the faculty of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at M.I.T. and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and School of Design.  Widely known for her research on urban redevelopment, Professor Sagalyn is author of Power at Ground Zero: Politics, Money, and the Remaking of Lower Manhattan (Oxford University Press 2016), Times Square Roulette: Remaking the City Icon (MIT Press 2001), and co-author of Downtown, Inc.: How America Rebuilds Cities (MIT Press 1989), as well as numerous publications on real estate finance and strategy and urban development politics.  She serves as a director of UDR (NYSE: UDR), where she is Vice Chair; Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT), where she chairs the Audit Committee; on the Advisory Board of PRIME Property Fund of Morgan Stanley; and on the Advisory Board of Olshan Properties.  In the not-for-profit realm, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Regional Plan Association, the Skyscraper Museum, and on the Audit and Compliance committee of Planned Parenthood New York City.  She previously served on the Chancellor’s Commission on the Capital Plan of the former NYC Board of Education, and has been a litigation expert and a consultant to both private firms and public agencies.  Professor Sagalyn received her Ph.D. from the M.I.T., M.C.R.P. from Rutgers University, and B.S. with distinction from Cornell University.