Jeffrey H. Lynford, Co-Managing Member of Wellsford Strategic Partners, LLC, is the co-founder of the Wellsford group of public and private real estate companies. As Chairman of three separate, exchange-listed corporations, he provided executive leadership while taking them public. He has served as an independent director on numerous corporate and non-profit boards, including Equity Residential Properties (NYSE:EQR), a real estate investment trust, and several open- and closed-end mutual funds sponsored by Cohen & Steers, Inc. (NYSE:CNS), an investment management firm. For nearly a decade previously, he held senior investment banking positions on Wall Street.
In 2012, Mr. Lynford was recruited to serve as the President and CEO of Educational Housing Services Inc., a not-for-profit organization that has provided safe and convenient off-campus housing in New York City for college students and interns since 1987. The organization works with many academic institutions and corporations to provide housing for over 10,000 students and interns annually, and also leases to individual students.
Mr. Lynford has held three gubernatorial appointments, currently as a Commissioner of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and a Director of the Trust for Governors Island, and formerly as a Member of the New York State Council on the Arts. He also serves on the boards of two institutions of higher education (New York University and Polytechnic Institute of NYU). Additionally, he is the grantor of the Lynford Family Charitable Trust, which supports many eleemosynary organizations with domestic and international missions. The trust has endowed fellowships at Princeton University, Weill Cornell Medical College, and the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Mr. Lynford is also an emeritus trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the Citizens Budget Commission, and co-founder of the Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU.
Mr. Lynford's three university degrees include master of public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and juris doctor from Fordham University. He is married to Tondra Lynford, who is a psychotherapist. They are the parents of four children.