Professor Sagalyn is the Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate in the Division of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School, where she is director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and director of the MBA Real Estate Program. She teaches the Real Estate Transactions and the Advanced Seminar in Real Estate electives and co-teaches Real Estate M&A and Restructuring Deal Workshop, a course jointly offered with the Law School. Sagalyn is widely known as an expert in real estate equity securities, public/private development and finance and economic development and urban policy. She has published extensively on a broad range of issues in the fields of real estate, REIT investment, public/private finance, and urban policy and is widely known for her research on public/private partnerships and city building. She is the author of Times Square Roulette: Remaking the City Icon (MIT Press, 2001), an analysis of the politics, policy and economics of one of the city’s largest and longest redevelopment initiatives; Cases in Real Estate Finance and Investment Strategy (ULI, 2000); and co-author of Downtown, Inc.: How America Rebuilds Cities (MIT Press, 1989), as well as numerous articles for academic and professional publications. She is currently writing a book on the rebuilding of the World Trade Center with grant support from the Russell Sage Foundation.
Professor Sagalyn's activities outside academia are diverse. She has been a litigation expert, a consultant to both private firms and public agencies, and a member of the New York City [Board of Education] Chancellor's Commission on the Capital Plan. She is an experienced executive education instructor. In the business world, she serves on the board of directors of UDR (NYSE:UDR), where she is vice-chairman, and Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT), where she chairs the audit committee.
Professor Sagalyn received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980, a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University in 1971, and was graduated from Cornell University in 1969 with distinction. Prior to her appointment at Columbia Business School, she was on the faculty of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at M.I.T.