At the end of 2015, Barry Cohn joined the team as a partner, motivated by his belief in the Freshwater vision and shared values. He brought to the team a wealth of experience in real estate management and development, along with his expertise as a commercial real estate broker in the U.S.
A fifth generation San Franciscan, after receiving Double Masters Degree in Jewish Communal Service from the Hebrew Union College and Public
Administration from the University of Southern California, Barry started his career in Jewish community work, but was always drawn to real estate. In his own words, "It was the ability to see a project start and finish and thereby mark progress and make change for the community that was so attractive to me." Barry applied his community relations skills of bringing people together to the real estate world. In 1988 he started working for the brokerage firm Cushman and Wakefield.
After 10 years of transactional experience, Barry joined his brother-in-law to start a real estate development company Etz HaShaked in Israel. Since 2007, the company has built over 2,000 apartments and 500,000 sq. ft. of office space. Since Barry's role was to organize partnerships, raise funds and oversee financial management, he was able to maintain involvement in his non-profit work as well as his brokerage business. In Barry's 34+ years with Cushman and Wakefield, Barry has completed over $1.75B in 650 transactions.
As part of his involvement with the Jewish community, Barry sat on the Jewish Community Federation's finance committee. With Barry's experience in community engagement and administration, he was asked to serve as a mentor to the committee's new members. This is where he met Alex Rozenfeld who joined the committee in 2014. Barry and Alex struck up a friendship that blossomed well beyond the Federation's finance committee. So much so that in 2015 when the two met to discuss the expansion of Freshwater Investments, they agreed to work on it together. This partnership propelled the growth of the company which now owns and manages more than 1,200 apartments in and around Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Colorado Springs, CO and Kansas City, KS.