BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Local Commercial Real Estate Icon to Accept “Best of Brooklyn” Award on May 13 The Brooklyn College Foundation will recognize alumnus Edwin H. Cohen (’62), a principal with Prism Capital Partners, LLC of Bloomfield, with its 2015 “Best of Brooklyn” award.

One of New Jersey’s most respected commercial real estate industry leaders and chair of the foundation’s Board of Trustees, Cohen will accept the honor on May 13, at the foundation’s annual gala. Cohen is a long-time champion of Brooklyn College and has been a trustee of the Brooklyn College Foundation since 1995. 

Through a full spectrum 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. Prior to becoming board chair in 2013, Cohen served a term as vice-chair, and participated on the foundation’s Student Life and Governance and Nominating committees. A frequent visitor to campus to talk with students, he was most recently a featured speaker at the 2014 "Business Matters" conference held by the college's School of Business. “The Brooklyn College Foundation provides invaluable resources to advance the mission of this outstanding academic institution,” Cohen noted. 

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“Brooklyn College gave me the start I needed to become a successful businessperson and responsible citizen, and being part of its fundraising arm provides an opportunity for me to give back to my roots. I am humbled to be honored by an organization that has played such an important role in my personal history.” 

Edwin Cohen has a long and celebrated history of involvement in the regional commercial real estate community, closely involved in all phases of development, including land acquisition, project approvals, design coordination, engineering and construction, and leasing. His career legacy includes a 40-year career as a prominent member of the real estate brokerage community, in which he spearheaded many of New Jersey’s most successful projects and most prominent transactions. Cohen’s achievements are capped by his current role as a principal partner with Prism Capital Partners, alongside long-time friend and associate Eugene Diaz. 

Their privately owned firm specializes in value-added opportunities in the office, retail, industrial and residential markets. The company’s focus, experience, service and vision have led to an impressive track record of creating value through select real estate investments and developments. 

The Brooklyn College Foundation’s May 13 Best of Brooklyn gala will take place at Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses Street in New York, N.Y., beginning at 6:30 p.m. Co-chaired by Barry R. Feirstein (’74), Don Kramer (’58) and Marge Magner (’69), it will feature dinner and dancing with a performance by Grammy Award–winning artists Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.