Ellen Israel is among New York’s most accomplished commercial real estate professionals, having executed transactions totaling more than 25 million square feet of sales and leasing on behalf of owners, investors and tenants. Throughout a distinguished career, spanning more than three decades, Ms. Israel has worked for some of the largest institutional and entrepreneurial real estate organizations, and brings a unique perspective from each side of a negotiating table. She is recognized for her excellence in complex leasing and investment sales transactions, especially for her ability to conceive and orchestrate innovative transactions.
Acadia, Taconic, Vanbarton (formerly Emmes),
Global Health Strategies
Hamlin Ventures and Time Equities
Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) (HRA, Dept. of Finance, Dept. of Health, Dept. of Homeless)
Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), 18 locations in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, NY – 1,200,000 SF
Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), Lease Renewals, Relocations, and Consolidations – 3,000,000 SF
Legal Aid expansion at Acadia’s 260 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY – additional 22,000 SF
The New York Stem Cell (NYSCF) at Taconic’s 619 West 54th Street, New York, NY – 40,000 SF
Prior to joining JRT, Ms. Israel served as a Transaction Manager with Cushman & Wakefield, where she was instrumental in Verizon accomplish their goals of reducing the size of their real estate portfolio and operating expenses. Here, she directed the all-cash sales of nearly 1 million square feet of condominium interests in Verizon-owned office buildings in Manhattan, including 240 East 38th Street, 210 West 18th Street, 50 Varick Street, and 1775 Grand Concourse, in the Bronx. She also repositioned several hundred thousand square feet of third-party leases for the Verizon account.
Previously, Ms. Israel was Senior Vice President of The Witkoff Group, a leading entrepreneurial investor and owner of New York property. During her 12-year tenure at Witkoff, she managed all leasing activities for the 1.1 million sf Daily News Building at 220 East 42nd Street, the 935,000 sf Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway, and the 540,000 sf Pepsi Bottling Headquarters in Westchester, among other notable properties. She was also responsible for acquiring – and later selling at profits – such properties as 20 Exchange Place, the landmarked 59-story building in Lower Manhattan; and the 376,000 sf office tower at 28 West 44th Street in New York City’s Grand Central district.
Ms. Israel’s previous professional accomplishments include positions as a brokerage professional with CB Richard Ellis’ Capital Markets Group, a Managing Director position with Insignia/Edward S. Gordon Company, and Georgia Malone & Co., and an Investment Advisor at Riverbank Realty. Among her notable transactions, she was involved with the sale of such properties as 10 East 53rd Street (388,000 sf), 866 Third Avenue (454,000 sf) and 222 Broadway (756,000 sf).
Young Men's/Women's Real Estate Association of New York (YMREA)
Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
Founded the New Leadership Group for the State of Israel Bonds Real Estate Division
Bachelor of Political Science degree, Ithaca College, NY
Executive Managing Director