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. More recently, her voice has been featured in Entrepreneur, The Huffington Post, VentureBeat, SCORE NY, and CFO.com.
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. Primarily through the Charatan / Holm Family Foundation, Debrah Lee Charatan has donated to charitable organizations including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Park East Synagogue, Chabad of Southampton, the Jewish Museum, the Central Park Conservancy, Chai Lifeline, 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.
Today, Debrah Lee Charatan focuses 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. Since 2008, she and the team at BCB Property Management have acquired over 1.6 million square feet of real estate in New York and New Jersey, a portfolio that includes 120+ buildings and 1,800 apartments.