Robert Yaffa

Executive Managing Director

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    1290 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10104-6178
    United States

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    +1 212 954-0931

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Robert Yaffa is an Executive Managing Director in the Brokerage Services Group at Cushman & Wakefield (formerly DTZ). He focuses on tenant representation, space disposition and strategic planning for his local, regional and national clients. A creative problem solver and skilled negotiator with more than 25 years of real estate experience, Mr. Yaffa has represented clients from many of New York’s leading industries – finance, media, legal and technology; he also works with a significant number of multi-market clients in both the private and public sectors.  

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Yaffa served as Executive Managing Director at Grubb & Ellis where he was consistently a member of the company’s “Circle of Excellence,” a national mark of distinction reserved for the top transaction specialists. Mr. Yaffa was appointed by senior management to the national Grubb & Ellis Office Counsel, and was the youngest elected member of the New York Executive Committee. 

Mr. Yaffa co-founded Brookside Properties, Inc., a real estate investment management company that celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016. He is actively involved in the acquisition, financing and operational matters of the company.

Awards & Associations

Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed Real Estate Broker, New York State
  • Member, Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)

Professional Recognition

  • Recipient, REBNY’s Most Ingenious Deal of the Year award (for the 226,327 SF relocation of the U.S. Customs Service headquarters following the September 11, 2001 attacks)

Community Leadership

  • Board of Advisors, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Board of Trustees, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Capital Malpractice Insurer in the Cayman Islands Committee (MIAC), Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Co-President, My Money Workshop
  • 2017 Bulldog Classic Co-Chair, Dwight-Englewood School
  • Development Committee, Dwight-Englewood School
  • 2016 Graduate, The Partnership for New York City’s David Rockefeller Fellows Program


  • Bachelor of Arts in History and Government, Muhlenberg College


Select Clients Served:
  • IMAX Corporation
  • UHY Advisors
  • Olshan Frome Wolosky, LLP
  • Post Factory
  • W2O Group
  • Robert Derector Associates
  • Rubenstein Public Relations
  • Hospital for Special Surgery