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College of Arts and Sciences

Chuck Rosenzweig

Founder and Managing Partner, Criterion Real Estate Capital

Chuck Rosenzweig ’85 is the Founder and Managing Partner of Criterion Real Estate Capital.  Criterion is an institutionally backed private equity firm that invests in structured debt, structured equity and common equity in commercial real estate assets located in core US markets. During his thirty years of real estate and capital markets experience, Mr. Rosenzweig has focused on principal investments (debt and equity) for all classes of commercial real estate. 

Prior to founding Criterion in 2009, Mr. Rosenzweig was Managing Director and head of origination for the Real Estate Finance Group at RBS Greenwich Capital, which he joined in 2002. Prior to RBSGC, he was a Managing Director and head of origination for CDC Mortgage Capital (now Natixis Real Estate Capital) and he was one of two executives who set up and formed their new commercial real estate finance group in 1999.  Mr. Rosenzweig also served as Managing Director and head of the Eastern Region for Nomura Capital and was instrumental in growing its then pioneering commercial real estate business. He began his career with the law firm of Kaye Scholer, where he was a transactional attorney in the real estate department.

Mr. Rosenzweig received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1985 and his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1988.  He is a member of numerous industry associations, has been a speaker at many industry panels and has guest-lectured on commercial real estate and finance at Cornell University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Yale School of Management and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Mr. Rosenzweig is a member of the Cornell University Council, the Cornell Arts and Sciences Advisory Council, the Advisory Board for Cornell’s Center for Real Estate and Finance and a member of the Real Estate Subcommittee for the Cornell University endowment.  He has served on numerous charity boards including The Walt Frazier Youth Foundation, Ten O’Clock Classics, and Beth Israel Medical Center/Continuum Health Partners and as a trustee of The Washington Institute. 

He and his wife Stacy (Cornell class of 1986) live in New York City.  They have two sons, both currently attending Cornell.