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Edwin Cohen Accepts Brooklyn College Foundation Best of Brooklyn Award
Commercial Real Estate Industry Leader a Long-time Champion of his Alma Mater

BLOOMFIELD, N.J./NEW YORK, N.Y, May 22, 2015 – Approximately 250 supporters of Brooklyn College, including foundation members, donors, students and administrators, joined family and friends to honor alumnus Edwin Cohen ('62) for his work on behalf of Brooklyn College at its 2015 Best of Brooklyn Award Gala in May. A principal partner with Prism Capital Partners in Bloomfield, N.J., and chair of The Brooklyn College Foundation's Board of Trustees, Cohen has committed his time and resources to support the institution, its students and the progress of the school.

Cohen is a long-time champion of Brooklyn College and has been a trustee of the Brooklyn College Foundation since 1995. Through a variety of fundraising programs, the non-profit organization encourages and promotes the academic purposes of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and the educational welfare of students, faculty, alumni and the community.

"My years as an undergraduate at Brooklyn College helped me create a pathway to my growth in all aspects of my life," Cohen said. "This is an amazing place with amazing people. Our cadre of dynamic, unselfish and caring trustees subscribes to the same mission: to enable any qualified person to receive a quality college education at Brooklyn College at little or no cost. After all, isn't that what we received?"

Prior to becoming board chair in 2013, Cohen served a term as vice-chair, and participated in a number of the foundation's committees including Student Life and Governance. He frequently spends time on campus speaking to students and was recently a featured presenter at the 2014 "Business Matters" conference held by the college's School of Business.

"Ed's leadership, his high standards of excellence and long-term vision inspire us, and we thank him and his lovely wife, Doris, for always being there," said Karen L. Gould, president, Brooklyn College. "Ed knows what it takes to promote strong teamwork. His leadership, passion and insights are ensuring the continued strength of the college for years to come."

Brooklyn Native Has Achieved Outstanding Success in Real Estate Industry

Cohen grew up in Brooklyn and attended Stuyvesant High School. On his pathway to engineering, he enrolled at Brooklyn College to complete his pre-engineering courses. He realized quickly his passion for business and became an economics major there. "At that time, there was no formal business curriculum," Cohen explained. Today, Brooklyn College boasts a well-respected School of Business offering accounting, economics, and finance and business management degrees.

Cohen credits the college experience for his history of success in commercial real estate. His career spans 50 years in which he became an industry leader active in all phases of development, land acquisition, project approvals, design coordination, planning, engineering, construction, and leasing. His achievements are capped by his current role as a principal partner with Prism Capital Partners, alongside long-time friend and associate Eugene Diaz. The firm specializes in value-added opportunities in office, retail, industrial and residential markets through the tri-state area. The company's focus, experience, service and vision have resulted in an impressive track record of creating value through redevelopments of select real estate investments.

Cinema and Performing Arts Among the College's Newest Schools

The Brooklyn College Foundation awarded $30.4 million in scholarships and support, benefitting 6,100 students during its 2010-2014 Campaign for Success, according to the foundation website. Through the generosity of its members and other fundraising efforts, it has raised $190 million toward an ongoing $200 million capital campaign.

Cohen said individual alumni have made huge contributions over the years that have made a huge impact on the college programs. They include Barry Feirstein's Graduate School of Cinema which will be opening this fall and The Leonard & Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016. In addition, Murray Koppelman's School of Business will be launched in the near future, and the Magner Center, initiated by Marge Magner, celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.

Brooklyn College's website reports a current student enrollment of 17,390 students – 14,115 undergraduates and 3,275 graduates who come from 150 nations and speak 105 languages. The college offers 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the creative arts; humanities; social, behavioral and natural sciences; mathematics; education and business. The school is ranked as the number-one university in Washington Monthly's 2014 "Best Bang for the Buck." In addition to foundation scholarships and other financial aid, the college boasts a reasonable tuition of approximately $6,500 per year for New York residents.

The Brooklyn College Foundation's 2015 Best of Brooklyn gala took place May 13 at Tribeca Rooftop. Co-chaired by Barry R. Feirstein ('74), Don Kramer ('58) and Marge Magner ('69), it featured dinner and dancing with a performance by Grammy Award–winning artists Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

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