The Rooftops Conference NYC 2020

october 2020

fri30oct8:30 am12:15 pmMoved OnlineVirtual EventThe Rooftops Conference NYC 2020 Event Organized By: Center for Real Estate Studies

The Rooftops Conference New York City

Event Details

The Rooftops Conference NYC 2020, to be held on Friday, October 30, 2020, will be our tenth annual symposium for the not-for-profit sector focused on the role of real estate — owned, leased, or hosted physical space — in the operations, financial performance, and achievement of mission by not-for-profit organizations of all sizes and mission types. This event will now be a virtual, live video-conference in which you can plan to join us from wherever you are.

Panelists from the not-for-profit sector, the real estate industry, and the professions will explore themes illustrating how not-for-profit executives, staff, and board members can collaborate in addressing real estate and space needs in achieving their organizations’ core objectives. The Conference is a forum for meaningful discussion and also a chance to interact with peers in the social sector and the real estate industry. Whether you are involved in real estate and space decisions every day or once in a while, you’ll hear something new that may validate, challenge, or even change your approach. We hope you will join us!

This is an online event.


Click here to register. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. For questions you may call 212.431.2306.

Who Should Attend?

Not-for-Profit Executives and Staff ~ Board Members ~ Volunteers ~ Lawyers

Real Estate Industry and Social Sector Professionals ~ Donors and Funders

Government Officials and Staff

The Rooftops Conference Agenda:

Snapshots From the Rooftops: Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Conference Moderators: James Hagy, Distinguished Adjunct Professor, NYLS, and Director of The Rooftops Project and Gerald Korngold, Professor of Law, NYLS

Keynote Chat With Heidi Blau, FAIA, LEED AP

Moderated by Erin Bond, Assistant Dean, Academic Program Development; Director, Office of Continuing Legal Education; Advisory Board Member, Center for Real Estate Studies 

Heidi will present her recent work with several hybrid building projects, the result of a symbiotic relationship between not-for-profit institutions and developers that create a triple win solution for the parties involved and the City. She will discuss some of the drivers, challenges and benefits that are the underpinnings of this new building typology.

In addition, Heidi Blau will share perspectives drawn from more than 35 years of professional experience working with clients of many charitable mission types across education, culture, the arts, religion, and government, and in projects across New York City and beyond, including extended assignments for the United Nations and Lincoln Center.

Don’t Blink . . . Occupancy Outlooks for 2020

In this new, fast-paced format, we will hear from 17 presenters, each offering a unique idea or perspective on the opportunities for property and the built environment serving and supporting the operations, performance, and achievement of mission of not-for-profit organizations. There are insights for organizations of every size, mission type, and occupancy footprint. 

Does it Pay to Own? Why Are So Many Not-for-Profits Monetizing Their Real Estate Assets? What Are the True Actual (and Opportunity) Costs of Ownership?

  • Richard Warshauer, Senior Managing Director, Colliers International NYC LLC

The Role of the Board: Working with Management in Developing and Maintaining an Effective and Efficient Real Estate Process

  • Ron Ries, CPA, CGMA, Business Consultant and Advisor 

Implementing the New Lease Standards: Practical Operational Considerations in Allocations, Lease Agreement Provisions, and Document Review

  • Ethan Kahn, Partner, Not-for-Profit Practice Leader, Mazars USA LLP 

Update on New York Attorney General and Court Approvals for the Sale of Religious Properties

  • David Samuels, Partner, Duval & Stachenfeld LLP 

Does the Not-for-Profit Real Estate Tax Exemption Continue to be Viable? 

  • Elliott B. Pollack, Member, Pullman & Comley, LLC 

New York Property Tax Exemption Update

  • Glenn Newman, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP 

Trauma-Informed Design: How Design Can Make a Difference

  • Ambar Margarida, CID, IIDA, LEED®, WELL AP, Principal, Spacesmith 

Moving the Mission Forward Through Licensing Real Estate Property Instead of Ownership

  • Jeremy L. Havens, Havens Law Firm 

NYC Dance in Sacred Places Pilot Project

  • Karen DiLossi, Director of Arts in Sacred Places at Partners for Sacred Placed, and Jason Labate, Senior Associate, Goldstein Hall

Navigating “National Gridlock” and Other Redevelopment Hurdles in Adaptive Property Reuse

  • Stacy Dasaro, Associate, Goodwin Procter LLP 

Bricks and Mortals: Creative and Sustaining Solutions for Houses of Worship (A Project of Judson Memorial Church)

  • Reverend Donna Schaper, Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church, and Kate Toth, Project Director, Bricks and Mortals, Judson Memorial Church 

Thinking of Renovating Your Place? Things to Consider First

  • Dmitriy Ishimbayev, Ishimbayev Law Firm, P.C. 

Site Search: Setting Goals and Criteria

  • Jason B. Zubatkin, Principal, Zubatkin Owner Representation LLC 

Form and Function: Ensuring Buildings are Designed and Constructed for Optimal Use and Maintenance

  • Adrienne Hepler and Allison Robin, Owners and Co-Founders, Envoie Projects LLC

The Nuts and Bolts of Consolidation and Collocation

  • Stephen Powers, Partner, National Leader Nonprofit Practice, and Adam Stoltz, Firmwide Director of Consulting, HOK 

Key Characteristics of Strong Partnerships: What Not-for-Profits and Owners/Developers Can Do

  • Paul G. Wolf, Co-President, Denham-Wolf Real Estate Services