David Lebenstein

Executive Managing Director • United States

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David Lebenstein

Executive Managing Director • United States


David Lebenstein oversees the Not-For-Profit Advisory Group at Cushman & Wakefield and has closed more than a thousand transactions during his real estate career, which began in 1985.  Previously, he served as an executive at Time Equities, Inc. and was co-founder of Interface, a public policy group.  He also worked for Mayor Joh V. Lindsay’s administration.  In 2018, David was named one of New York City’s “Most Responsible People” by City & State New.

Awards & Associations

Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed Real Estate Broker, New York State
  • Member, Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
  • Member, YMREA and Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)

Professional Recognition

  • Honoree at United Neighbourhood Houses annual gala, “New Yorkers Who Make A Difference”
  • Honoree at Public Health Solutions
  • Honoree at Community Access
  • Developed first successful commercial condo for non-profit organizations at 666 Broadway
  • Senior Man of the Year, Young Men’s/Young Women’s Real Estate Association
  • Two-time nominee, REBNY’s Most Ingenious Deal of the Year

Community Leadership

  • Board of Directors, City Futures Inc.


  • Law degree, Brooklyn Law School
  • Bachelor’s degree, Hunter College


  • College Board – 165,000 SF relocation and 88,000 SF sale
  • McBurney YMCA – Sale and relocation to first new YMCA in Manhattan in 70 years (245,000 SF)
  • National Urban League/United Negro College Fund – Building sale and relocation (150,000 SF)
  • Redeemer Presbyterian Church – Acquisition of a four-story parking garage on the Upper West Side for a church with a 900-seat sanctuary, classrooms and community meeting spaces
  • Bowery Residents Committee (BRC) – 104,000 SF relocation, including homeless shelter
  • Actors Fund of America – 212 new affordable housing project in Brooklyn and new headquarters in Manhattan
  • Multiple public school sites for acquisition including new Pre-K locations in Queens
  • Volunteers of America – Sale of 50,000 SF headquarters plus 30,000 SF relocation
  • Services for the Underserved – Sale of commercial condo floors plus 30,000 SF relocation
  • Sanctuary for Families – Relocation to new, modern 50,000 SF home


Clients Served

  • Actors Fund of America
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Aspen Institute
  • Bowery Residents Committee
  • Breaking Ground
  • Center for Urban Community Services
  • City Harvest
  • College Board
  • Doe Fund · Enterprise Community Partners
  • Inwood House
  • New York City School Construction Authority
  • New York City Housing Authority
  • New York School of Interior Design
  • Opportunity Agenda
  • Planned Parenthood of NYC
  • Professional Staff Congress
  • Public Health Solutions
  • Public Interest Projects
  • Robin Hood Foundation
  • Sanctuary for Families
  • Services for the Underserved
  • United Neighborhood Houses
  • Volunteers of America – Greater New York
  • Wounded Warriors
  • YMCA of Greater NY

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