Sheldon L. Cohen serves as Senior Managing Director of CBRE’s Downtown Manhattan office. In this role, Mr. Cohen holds responsibility for the strategic planning and day-to-day management of the firm’s Downtown operations, while helping to accelerate the company’s growth plans in the Lower Manhattan market—the fourth-largest Central Business District in the U.S. He is also responsible for the firm’s operations in Manhattan’s Midtown South market, heads up the New York Tri-State Region’s practices in the health care, education and government sectors and is a member of CBRE’s New York Tri-State Region management team.
Mr. Cohen has extensive public and private sector business experience. He most recently served as the first Director of Real Estate Planning and Development for Nassau County and was a member of the County Executive’s Executive Management Team. In that role, he managed a portfolio of more than 2,500 County-owned properties comprising more than 6 million sq. ft. He developed and implemented the County’s first strategic Real Estate Consolidation Plan that provided for a significant program of property disposition, acquisition and management as part of the County’s efforts to enhance operational and fiscal efficiency. In addition, Mr. Cohen was responsible for the County’s building and space management. In 2004, he spearheaded the consolidation of the County’s Health and Human Services operations into a 217,000-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art facility. The year’s largest lease transaction in Nassau County, it was recognized by the Association for a Better Long Island (ABLI) and the Commercial and Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island (CIBS) as “The Most Ingenious Deal of the Year.”
Prior to this, Mr. Cohen was Vice President of Facilities and Services for MetLife, managing the relocation of 2,500 MetLife associates and overseeing lease negotiations, tax incentives, space design, building construction requirements, procurement, security issues and migration plans. He previously served as MetLife’s Vice President of Government Relations, developing company positions and strategies on national legislative and regulatory issues.
Mr. Cohen is often quoted in The New York Times as well as in a number of other business, industry and regional publications and is a frequent speaker on the Manhattan real estate market. He was profiled in the June/July 2010 issue of NY Inc. as one of “15 People You Should Know” in New York City real estate.