Heirloom is the umbrella organization of the multi-faceted Jeffrey Levien who has paved a career in real estate, edutainment, and philanthropy. Jeff is…. well….. just a guy. Perhaps he’d be a “chap” in another country, or a “dude” on more casual days. But that’s the simplicity of it. Nothing too heady. I guess for a bio, it is necessary to say that Jeff is a guy who has done some “stuff”. You had to have done some “stuff” to warrant a bio of interest and be privileged enough to do things like sit as Co-Chairman of a Board of Directors (man, that sounds important). And here is where we could insert some inspiring statistics about (i) companies founded or worked for (Scott-Lawrence, Street-Works, Greystone, among others), (ii) deals transacted (over $3.5B), and assets under ownership (over 700k sf). That would surely help make Jeff’s bio seem impressive. After all, Jeff has co-invested with, and advised, some of the most prominent firms in the real estate industry in a broad range of asset classes from residential, office, retail, light industrial, and mixed-use. Plus, Jeff was brought on by NYU Schack to teach real estate development and recruited by The AFYA Foundation to co-chair its Board of Directors.
But frankly, let’s face it, with a professional career of over 25 years (working for himself, mid-size firms, as well as Managing Director at a company of 5,000) and having experience being husband, father, attorney, real estate developer, private equity fund manager, mortgage banker, educator, humanitarian and, yes, even stand-up comic, Jeff’s greatest asset is the countless hours he has spent in numerous face to face encounters with others. Jeff Levien has been blessed (or cursed) to sit side by side with, or across the table from, some of the most wonderful (and most difficult) and intelligent (and senseless) people in business. It’s from the ebb and flow, and frequent (and often humorous) misadventures of a meeting that inform the lessons intertwined in Jeff Levien’s sought after advice, individual professional endeavors, and hired engagements of public speaking and teaching.
In interviews with colleagues, Jeff has been described as someone that is “fair, tough, ethical and knows what a person is thinking before they do” (not in a creepy witch kind of way), as well as “a genuine person who displays compassion and without a doubt is a funny person who wants to enjoy life and its daily follies”. Jeff Levien has been published in several trade publications and has been a featured speaker for his involvement in transformative projects. He actively lends his time to charitable organizations providing relief to those in need, including AFYA, Bridges to Community, Homeless Shelter Programs, Sandy Relief, and Animal Rescue.
Jeff received his B.S.M. in Finance from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University (’88), and a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law (’91). Mr. Levien, his wife, son, and their precious English bulldog, Butch, split time between an apartment in Manhattan, NY and a farm in Charlottesville, VA (cows included).