Gary Barnett, CEO
Mr. Barnett, President of Extell Development, has become one of the preeminent developers in the real estate industry. Prior to his real estate career, Mr. Barnett worked internationally in the diamond industry. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Queens College and a Master’s Degree in Economics from Hunter College. Mr. Barnett provides marketing oversight and policy guidance for the Regional Center’s operations.
Lela Goren, Partner
Ms. Lela Goren is the founder and President of G Group, a woman-owned and operated real estate development and investment company. Over the last 10 years she has worked on millions of square feet of real estate; mixed-use developments including residential, hospitality, office, retail, and in all phases of assembly, acquisition, finance, design, construction, sales and marketing. Ms. Goren’s projects have involved close collaboration with the City of New York, as well as the State and Federal governments, on issues including zoning, land use, and landmarks.
Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Goren was Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at Extell Development, and led bids for NYC government RFP’s including the Hudson Yards 13 million square foot redevelopment, the landmark Bellevue Building Redevelopment, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront RFP. At Extell she managed a portfolio of projects from new residential construction to mixed-use and redevelopment. Acquisition-related responsibilities at Extell included development opportunities generation, terms negotiation, and development process oversight.
Ms. Goren has also worked at the United Nations, both in Geneva, Switzerland and New York City, and clerked for Judge Gabay at the UN Administrative Tribunal. She holds JD and Masters’ degrees in International Law and Intellectual Property Law.
Eli Cohen, Partner
Mr. Cohen has extensive real estate experience. He has overseen the acquisition, development and management of over $500 million in real estate in the U.S. and Asia. He assisted in the acquisition and management of over 1,000 residential units in New York City from 2003 to 2008.
Erika Banach, Director
Ms. Banach has over 8 years of real estate marketing, development, and construction experience. She has assisted in the marketing and launch of numerous Extell projects. She holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Scranton and an MBA from Baruch College. Erika’s role in the ENYRC is to provide oversight of operations, maintain cohesion between a project’s developer, general contractor, law and accounting firms, and to ensure overall compliance.
Genevieve Roman, In-House EB-5 Immigration Counsel
As in-house EB-5 immigration counsel for the Extell New York Regional Center, Genevieve’s practice is focused on representation of individual EB-5 investors as well as working with the regional center to monitor project compliance with the requirements of the regional center program. Prior to joining the team at ENYRC, Genevieve was an associate at the Law Office of Robert B. Jobe in San Francisco, CA, a highly regarded immigration law firm that has changed the landscape of asylum law in the United States, where she gained experience in a broad range of immigration practice.
Sherry Chen, International Relations Coordinator
As Extell New York Regional Center’s International Relations Coordinator, Ms. Chen is responsible for international outreach and marketing. She is focused on all global and emerging markets. Ms. Chen is fluent in written and spoken English and Mandarin Chinese. Through her personal and professional experience, Ms. Chen has developed unique cultural insights and a true understanding of the demands of international markets. Ms. Chen attended Boston University, where she studied business administration with a concentration in marketing and business law.
Rafael Cohen, Investor Account Coordinator
Rafael (“Rafi”) joined the ENYRC in 2011, and now plays an integral role in the day-to-day operation of Extell New York Regional Center. Rafi is responsible for managing front desk intakes, company database maintenance and recordkeeping, assembly of marketing materials, and providing administrative support to team members. He is also the “go-to” guy when his colleagues need help with anything from tech support to getting a last minute visa to China.