Charles S. Laven
Chairman / CEO
Advisors, Asset Management
Charles S. Laven has over 45 years of experience providing financial advisory and consulting services to Federal, State and Local governments, housing finance agencies, mortgage and investment banking firms, developers, foundations and not-for-profit organizations.
Prior to founding Forsyth Street, he was a partner at two other consulting firms with a practice in affordable housing, municipal finance and public-private real estate ventures .Mr. Laven was Founder of and Executive Director of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, a New York City-based non-profit organization responsible for the rehabilitation of abandoned buildings and their conversion to cooperative ownership.
Mr. Laven has been a member of the faculty of Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation since 1981. From 1986-1993, Mr. Laven directed the Master of Science in Real Estate Development program and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Architectural Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.