Widely recognized for her accomplishments in real estate sales and investing, Debrah Lee Charatan currently serves as president of BCB Property Management, Inc. in Manhattan. Born and raised in New York City, Debrah began a lasting career in real estate in the 1970s as a secretary and, later, property manager at a brokerage firm. During this time, Debrah put herself through school, completed a BS at Baruch College and founded Bach Realty in 1980. Over the next decade, Debrah turned Bach Realty into one of the most prominent names in New York’s commercial real estate industry, notable as much for its financial success as its all-woman sales team. Along the way, Debrah would be profiled in USA Today, the New York Daily News, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Inc., Fortune and dozens of other publications. She also taught courses in real estate at Queens College and New York University, and wrote several articles for the New York Law Journal, Real Estate Weekly and Real Estate Forum as president and CEO of Bach Realty.
In 1993, Debrah launched Debrah Lee Charatan Realty Inc. and continued to build upon her achievements in real estate sales and investing. In tandem with this work, Debrah began to establish herself as a leading philanthropist in and around the greater New York area, supporting a wide range of cultural, humanitarian and civic causes. Since opening the Charatan / Holm Family Foundation in 2000, Debrah has donated to such worthy charities as Seeds of Peace, the Jewish Museum, the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, Mount Sinai Hospital, the Central Park Conservancy, and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. She is presently vice chair of the board of trustees of Selfhelp Community Services Foundation and a member of Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation’s Gevurah Society.
Since 2011, Debrah Charatan has focused on Manhattan and Brooklyn’s multifamily marketplace as president of BCB Property Management, where she oversees the acquisition, renovation and disposition of buildings in some of the city’s most livable neighborhoods. In just four years, she and the team at BCB have handled almost one million square feet of real estate in New York.