Howard P. Milstein
Howard P. Milstein
Howard Milstein leads a family that has been prominent in business and philanthropy for three generations. A leading figure in local, national and global affairs, Howard is a trusted advisor on economic, civic and philanthropic matters. His ability to marshal business, government, philanthropic, and family resources drives a breadth of initiatives across health, civic, educational and security matters. Howard is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank, Emigrant Bank (the country’s largest family-owned and operated bank.) Howard is an owner and builder of innovative businesses in financial services, technology, sports and entertainment, and consumer goods. He also chairs and operates the Milstein family’s real estate companies.
Howard provides significant, hands-on leadership and commitment to a range of communal, educational and civic organizations. Howard is particularly active in the fields of medical research and healthcare delivery. Howard serves as the Chairman of the Board of the New York Blood Center, American Skin Association and the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine. He is on the Board of the Weill Cornell Medical College. Starting in 2011, the Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation (MMAAP Foundation) was created by Howard and the Paul Milstein family to contribute to world health by developing mutually beneficial partnerships between the United States and Asia.
At Cornell University, Howard is Trustee and Presidential Counselor and Overseer, Cornell Medical College. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard Law School. Howard serves on the Board of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. In 2011, Howard was selected by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve as the Chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority. The New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Howard's appointment in June 2011. In that role, he managed the procurement process that will save the state $2 billion in building the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge. For this, Howard was later recognized by the Regional Plan Association with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
Howard was named as the 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year by Cornell University. Among many honors, Howard received the Humanitarian Award from American Skin Association and the 2012 Community Builder Award from Phipps Houses. He received the Tanenbaum Center Corporate Bridge Builder Award, the Catholic Youth Organization Gold Medal Award, and Emerald Isle Immigration Society Robert Briscoe Award, Make a Wish Foundation Award, honors from the Jewish National Fund and B’nai B’rith Youth Services, and the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Humanitarian Award. In March of 2012, Howard was sworn-in as an honorary FDNY Battalion Chief, in recognition of his significant support for the Fire Department and the people of New York. In May of 2012, Howard received the Humanitarian Award by Catholic Big Sisters Big Brothers at their annual dinner.
A graduate of Cornell University, Howard earned a BA in Economics summa cum laude (1973). At Harvard University, he earned both his Law and Business degrees in the JD/MBA Program (1977). He was admitted to the New York State Bar, and is a member of the Federal Bar.