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Columbia MSRED Alumni Gala

Thu, May 12, 2022

The Columbia MSRED Program Award invites you to celebrate Ernst Valery ‘04 MSRED, 2022 MSRED Distinguished Alumnus Award Honoree.

The annual Distinguished Alumnus Award and Gala celebrates an alumnus of the Columbia MSRED program who is a leader in the real estate industry and has demonstrated a strong commitment and service to Columbia. The annual dinner is held on Columbia’s campus in the Low Library Rotunda and brings together over 200 attendees each year.

This year we are pleased to announce that proceeds from the evening will support the Aequo Scholarship, a newly established scholarship intended to support a breadth of voices and backgrounds from the Masters of Science in Real Estate Development Program’s most promising applicants.

About the Honoree

Ernst Valery is a co-managing member of SAA | EVI and shares overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations and execution of SAA | EVI projects and relationships. Mr. Valery has successfully invested in and developed real estate in Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Pennsylvania; Virginia; California; and New York. For the past 16 years, he has been involved with development projects ranging from mixed-use, multi-tenant rental properties, single-family renovations and condominium conversions.

Mr. Valery is the founder and president of SAA | EVI affiliate Ernst Valery Investments Corp. (EVI), a private, minority-owned real estate investment firm established in 2001. EVI invests in select underserved and undervalued key emerging domestic real estate markets, defined as urban transitional areas with high residential and retail demand. Mr. Valery has extensive experience in affordable and market rate housing development and investment, including providing due diligence capabilities and extensive skills in budget planning, design development, marketing, and the supervision and guidance of contractors, architects and engineers. He is responsible for the securing and structuring of financing, including expertise in securing Historic and New Markets tax credits.

Mr. Valery is also active in social entrepreneurship and volunteer work, including a collaboration with a team of professionals and graduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Community Innovators Lab (MIT CoLab) as well as efforts at incubating businesses around the world that help alleviate poverty and increase the earning potential of low income individuals, families, and communities.

Mr. Valery graduated from Columbia University’s Master of Science program in Real Estate Development. He also obtained a Master’s Degree in Policy Analysis and Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in International Relations, both from Cornell University. Ernst is also a Mel King Community Fellow at MITs CoLab.

Support the Gala

Purchase a table or a ticket, or make a donation. Please select OTHER from the drop-down menu and NOTE: 2022 MSRED Distinguished Alumnus Award Gala for the allocation instructions.

If you have any questions, please contact the GSAPP Alumni Office at GSAPPAlumni@Columbia.edu.

Sponsorship Levels

There are various levels for supporting the dinner. Please see below for table and single ticket options.

TABLES of 10

$1,000 SPONSOR
$250 CLASSES OF 2020-2022

I cannot attend but wish to make a gift in support of the 2022 MSRED Distinguished Alumnus Award Dinner.

PAYMENT Check enclosed made payable to The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York.

Memo: 2022 MSRED Distinguished Alumnus Award Gala

Credit card payment online only at www.arch.columbia.edu/giving

Contributions to the dinner are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law; the nondeductible portion of each dinner is $150.