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Scott Rechler

Chairman & CEO

RXR Realty

New York, NY, USA

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Biography

Scott Rechler is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RXR Realty LLC., a multi-billion-dollar private real estate company and one of the largest owners, managers, and developers of real estate in the New York Tri-State area. Scott formed RXR after the sale of Reckson Associates Realty Corp (“Reckson”) to SL Green in January 2007, one of the largest public Real Estate management buyouts in REIT history.

In 2011, Scott was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. As Chairman of the Board and Vice Chairman of the Capital Planning Committee, Scott oversaw two of New York City’s most ambitious projects: the LaGuardia Airport and World Trade Center redevelopment programs. In 2017, Governor Cuomo nominated Scott to the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a position he held until February 2019.

Scott takes great pride in enhancing the local communities where RXR operates. He is Chairman of the Regional Plan Association, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the infrastructure of the tri-state region, and on the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York. As a member of the NYU Real Estate Institute Advisory Committee, he provides support to the Institute’s leadership in advancing its role as one of the world’s leading centers of real estate research. He also serves on the Boards of The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center.

He serves as a Board member of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the research hub of Northwell Health, and Trustee of the Long Island Children’s Museum. Scott is also co-Chair of the Tribeca Film Institute, Chairman of the Center for Social Innovation, and Board Member of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, a community action group.

Scott is a graduate of Clark University and earned an MS in Real Estate from The Schack Institute at New York University.

Scott’s Newsfeed

Wall Street Journal
Covid-19 Rapid-Test Sites Planned for New York Office Buildings

Several of New York’s largest landlords said Tuesday that they are participating in the effort. Scott Rechler, chief executive of RXR Realty, said that his company has identified six retail locations for Manhattan testing centers, one in a former Starbucks… “The idea is to have the infrastructure in place in the middle of February and then by March, you’ll start seeing people come back to the workplace,” he said.

The Real Deal
10 biggest new real estate projects in NYC in 2020

Industrial and logistics space commands a premium in the post-Covid world, making the biggest new filing of the year — RXR Realty’s 770,000-square-foot, four-story logistics center in Maspeth — all the more attractive. RXR reeled in a big tenant with Amazon, which has been on an expansion spree in the city, despite abandoning its plans for a second North American headquarters in Queens in 2018.

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Scott’s Background

RXR Realty
Chairman & CEO
Jan 2007 - Present
New York, NY, USA
New York's leading Tri-State real estate company. RXR Realty is one of the largest owners, managers & developers in the New York Tri-State area.

Scott’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Regional Plan Association
Chairman
2017 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Mr. Rechler is Chairman of the Board and a member of the Executive Committee of the Regional Plan Association (RPA). The RPA works to improve the prosperity, infrastructure, sustainability & quality of life of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region.
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Board of Directors
2015 - Present
New York, NY, USA
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is the research branch of the Northwell Health enterprise, headquartered in NY. The Institute comprises more than 1,500 clinicians, scientists & staff who work in laboratories & clinical research programs in collaboration with clinicians & patients throughout the many facilities of Northwell Health.
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Philanthropy

Long Island Children's Museum
Board of Trustees
New York, NY, USA
Long Island Children’s Museum is a learning space devoted to the busy work of play. Our exhibits, programs & performances fuel creativity & collaboration to inspire millions of aha moments. At the Museum, children master skills & uncover passions that will stay with them throughout their lives.

Media

Scott Rechler on the Future of Work and the Workplace
Interview
Dec 2020
In this interview with the No Turning Back podcast, Scott Rechler, CEO of RXR Realty, discusses how the world will transform in the post-Covid era, lessons on leading through transformation, and what it means to him to be a good citizen.
Make Yourself At Home: Scott Rechler
Interview
Nov 2020
RXR Realty CEO Scott Rechler joins the Bisnow podcast Make Yourself At Home to talk about how a second lockdown could be handled, the response to his call for companies to return to the city, and the ways federal funding would help the troubled subway system.
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Publications

New York City, alive and kicking
Author
Sep 2020
New York, NY, USA
On the anniversary of 9/11, Scott Rechler discusses his New York City during another difficult challenging time: the Covid-19 pandemic. Rechler discusses New York as a city that has faced unthinkable challenges before, but has always bravely fought back with resiliency and strength. In the face of Covid, he says, the City will once again do the same.

Awards & Endorsements

Commercial Observer Power 100
2020 Power 100: #2
2020
New York, NY, USA
Commercial Observer honors the work of the real estate power players who lead the city, the state, and the nation’s real estate industry.
City & State New York
The 2020 Real Estate Power 100 (#4)
Apr 2020
New York, NY, USA
City & State’s Real Estate Power 100 identifies the key executives, elected officials, appointees, advocates and others at this intersection of real estate development and public policy.

Public Service

Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Board of Directors
Jun 2017 - Feb 2019
New York, NY, USA
Mr. Rechler was nominated by Governor Cuomo & confirmed by the state Senate to the Board of Directors. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is North America's largest transportation network, serving a population of 15.3 million people across a 5,000 square mile area surrounding New York City through Long Island, southeastern New York State & Connecticut.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Vice Chairman & Chairman
2011 - 2016
New York, NY, USA
The Port Authority of NY & NJ builds, operates, and maintains critical transportation and trade assets, including an extensive network of aviation, rail, surface transportation, and seaport facilities.

Speaking Engagements

Golden Apple - The Outlook for New York City
Panel Member
Nov 2019
New York, NY, USA
Scott Rechler, Chairman and CEO of RXR Realty, joins others for a panel at the 52nd Annual Conference on Capital Markets in Real Estate at NYU's Schack Institute.
2018 Hofstra Midyear Commencement
Commencement Speaker
Dec 2018
Uniondale, NY, USA
In addition to being the commencement speaker at Hofstra University's 2018 Midyear Commencement, Scott Rechler, Chairman & CEO of RXR Realty, was the recipient of an Honorary Degree.

Scott’s Education

Clark University
1985 - 1989
New York University
MS in Real Estate, The Schack Institute of Real Estate