Jeffrey H. Lynford is the co-founder of the Wellsford group of public and private real estate companies, and has provided executive corporate leadership as the Chairman of three exchange-listed corporations. 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.
Currently, he holds three gubernatorial appointments as a Commissioner for The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, a Member of the New York State Council on the Arts, and a Director of the Trust for Governors Island. He 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.
Mr. Lynford holds three university degrees, including a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a Juris Doctor from Fordham University. He is married to Tondra Lynford, who is a psychotherapist and co-founder of Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc. They are the parents of four children.