Alexander Shapanka

vice president
real estate

Alexander Shapanka: vice president, real estateAlex serves as Vice President of Real Estate, bringing a dynamic background in real estate development, urban design, and public policy where he will lead clients through regulatory and political challenges to advance their projects. His holistic understanding of the industry will enable him to successfully address clients’ diverse needs and achieve their goals.

Most recently, Alex worked in project management at RXR on both vertical and horizontal development in New York and Colorado. Working from acquisition to lease-up, he managed ground-up multifamily projects accounting for 1.5 million SF, including 11,000 SF of ground floor retail and over 1,200 units. Alex also conducted diligence and investigation to add value to parcels prior to their entitlement or disposition.

Alex previously worked as the Assistant Vice President of Policy and Planning at the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) where he advised industry senior leadership on regulatory changes impacting commercial and residential ownership, management, and development. With a particular focus on labor, construction and sustainability policy, he worked with strategic partners, government agencies such as DOB, FDNY, DOF, DEP, SCA, DPS, PSC (and many other city and state regulatory agencies), and public officials to refine and improve legislation and regulation on both the municipal and state levels. He also sat on the New York City Managing Committees for Construction, Electrical, and Existing Building Codes. Beyond industry-level matters, Alex handled asset and project specific challenges on behalf of New York’s largest owners and developers, resolving acute obstacles for development or operations with the relevant agencies.

Alex currently serves on the Westchester Parks Foundation Emerging Leaders Council and previously held positions on the Business Council of Westchester Development Working Group and City of New Rochelle Retail Task Force. He was also a Forefront Fellow at the Urban Design Forum, partnering with NYC DSNY in researching the city’s waste ecosystem and actionable strategies for a cleaner, more circular waste management system.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative History from Duke University and a Master of Science in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.