Bruce Cohen, MBA ’89
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Temerity Strategic Partners
Bruce is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Temerity Strategic Partners and is responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s investment and capital related activities.
Prior to forming TSP, Bruce served as a senior advisor to Sterling Bay, where he was responsible for an array of strategic and capital related initiatives, particularly with respect to the firm’s $6 billion Lincoln Yards project. Bruce joined Sterling Bay after he was a senior managing partner at Cortland, one of the country’s largest multifamily platforms, where he oversaw the firm’s capital markets, including the launch of its institutionally backed, discretionary fund vehicles. Bruce had previously founded Wrightwood Financial, a firm focused on providing growth capital to real estate owners and operators. Prior to Wrightwood Financial, Bruce was a senior partner in the real estate group of Ares Management, a leading global alternative asset management company. While at Ares, he also served as president and COO of Ares Commercial Real Estate, an externally managed publicly traded REIT, where he oversaw the firm’s IPO and more than $1 billion of investment activity. Bruce joined Ares in 2011 upon completing the sale of Wrightwood Capital’s operating platform to Ares. During his tenure, he retained oversight of the Wrightwood Capital portfolio, as well as its third-party funds. From its inception in 2004 until 2011, Wrightwood Capital was responsible for more than $4 billion of investment activity.
Bruce earned an MBA from Chicago Booth and a BA from Tufts University. He has served on the boards of Wrightwood Capital, Erdman, a preeminent design- build firm focused on healthcare, and Cortland, a multi-family real estate investment and management firm. He is also a member of the real estate advisory boards of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Chicago Booth, as well as the President’s Council for Tufts University, and chairman of the board of College Possible – Chicago, an organization focused on making college education possible for low-income students.