Howard P. Milstein
Howard P. Milstein
Howard P. Milstein has attained noteworthy success in numerous entrepreneurial ventures - generally involving real estate, banking, hotels, marketing, and finance - separately and in various combinations. Currently Chair, President and CEO of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank, Emigrant Bank (the country's largest privately held bank), he also Chairs and operates all the Milstein family's real estate companies, including: Milstein Properties, Milford Management, and the Milford Agency, along with all Milstein Brothers real estate companies.
Howard Milstein's philanthropic activities are as prolific as his business activities. He is particularly active in the fields of medical research and healthcare delivery. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the American Skin Association, where he and his wife, Abby, support the Milstein Innovation Awards for Melanoma/Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Research. At Rockefeller University, the Milstein Medical Research Program is, likewise, doing groundbreaking work in melanomas. For more than a decade, Mr. Milstein has served the New York Blood Center, first as Chairman of the Executive Committee and currently as Chairman of the Board. The New York Blood Center supplies blood to more than 20 million Metro area residents through the 200 hospitals it serves. He also serves on the Board of the United Hospital Fund and the Niklaus Children's Health Care Foundation. At the Weill Cornell Medical College, where he has served on the Board for more than 20 years, the Abby and Howard Milstein Core Facility and Program in Chemical Biology is finding cures for the most lethal infectious diseases on the planet, including TB and Malaria. Earlier, Mr. Milstein's sponsorship enabled the Doctors Without Borders symposium, "No Time to Wait: Overcoming Gaps in TB Research in Drug Development." The Milstein family funded the pioneering research in interferon and later went on to name the Milstein Hospital Building of New York Presbyterian Medical Center, the Milstein Institute for Surgical Science and the Milstein Laboratories to conduct research in Alzheimer's Disease, diabetes and cancer. These gifts reflect nearly 50 years of active support for New York (and earlier, Columbia) Presbyterian Medical Center by three generations of Milsteins. The Milstein family is also providing substantial research support to the National Cancer Institutes of the NIH. In addition, Mr. Milstein has provided the seed funds for the Smithsonian History of Skin Project.
Mr. Milstein graduated from Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences in 1973 with a degree in Economics summa cum laude - the first time Cornell had awarded highest honors in that field. In 1977, he went on to receive Law and Business Degrees in a joint program from Harvard University.
He also serves on a number of other Boards, including: Cornell University, The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, National 9/11 Memorial Foundation, Economic Club of New York, National Board of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. He is also in leadership positions in various Jewish communal organizations and serves Harvard Law School on its Visiting Committee and on the Executive Committee of the Dean's Advisory Board.