Leslie Wohlman Himmel

The firm specializes in creating long-term strategic value in office and industrial properties. Through their privately held real estate companies, they have owned, operated and redeveloped several million square feet of commercial property concentrated in New York City. Ms. Himmel is known for her expertise in the acquisition and financing of properties for strategic repositioning, opportunistic purchases, and timely dispositions. Prior to 1985, she worked for Integrated Resources, a NYSE company, in which she acquired and financed commercial properties nationally.

Ms. Himmel serves as a Board Member of the M&T Bank Directors Advisory Council, M&T New York City Mortgage Committee, and the mezzanine debt fund Lionheart Strategic Management. She is on the Board of the Harvard Business School Club of New York and the YPO Real Estate Industry Network (REIN).

As a dedicated advocate for New York City’s commercial real estate industry over the past four decades, Ms. Himmel founded REBNY’s Economic Development Committee in 1992. She continues to co-chair the Committee, leading the work with NYC officials to support economic development. As Treasurer of the Executive Committee of REBNY, she also has been on REBNY’s Board of Governors since 2001. Ms. Himmel is a member of The Partnership for New York, The Real Estate Roundtable, the UDMUC Red Council of the Urban Land Institute, YPO Big Apple Gold and Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association of New York. She is a frequent speaker at industry events.

In 2021, Ms. Himmel was honored with the Champions for Youth Award by SparkYouth NYC, a charitable organization that supports community-based youth programs. In 2017 and 2019, she was named as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by Crain’s. She was honored as The Harvard Business School Club of New York’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2016 and received REBNY’s Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate Award in 2011 for exceptional accomplishment and dedication to leadership in New York real estate.

Dedicated to female entrepreneurs, Ms. Himmel established “The Women’s Student Association Fellowship Fund” in 2008, which awards scholarships to Harvard Business School students. Ms. Himmel is also an early stage investor and Board advisor to Alfred, a residential online concierge platform developed by two female HBS graduates.

Ms. Himmel earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and she received her MBA with High Honors from Harvard Business School.