African Leadership University


Susan Fine

Susan Fine, the principal of OasesRE and the visionary developer of the Turnstyle retail project, has been setting new benchmarks in New York City’s real estate industry with her exceptional skills in coordinating and executing every step of the development process with perfection. From financing to leasing, developing to constructing, and management to marketing, Susan has the knowledge and expertise to bring groundbreaking projects to life.

Recently, Susan completed a Senior Advanced Leadership Fellowship at Harvard University, where she focused on developing innovative strategies to help micro-businesses thrive and lead to wealth creation. Her passion for driving social change and empowering businesses led her to organize a pilot program in Massachusetts and Chicago to provide technical support and capital funding to women-owned and minority-owned businesses.

Susan’s most notable achievement is the Turnstyle project, the first privately financed project within the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s subway system. The project, which features 39 stores, most of which are Women Business Enterprises and Minority Business Enterprises, has been a game-changer for the New York Area’s commuter range of dining and shopping options. The Wall Street Journal acknowledged the subterranean marketplace as a model for future privatization, while The New York Times praised its design, calling it a “small evocation of a busy shopping street.”

Susan’s ability to lead the retail component of some of New York City’s most challenging developments is well known. Her leadership in the MTA’s successful renovation of Grand Central is a testament to her skills in executing complex projects from public review to completion. Moreover, with Goldman Sachs, Susan led the effort to build 1,800 units of affordable housing in Southern Queens, providing affordable housing to those in need.

Apart from her development work, Susan is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University and serves on the Board of Symphony Space in Manhattan. Her visionary leadership and contributions to the real estate industry have earned her recognition as a game-changer and thought leader in her field.

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