Mary Beth McCormick - cropped   Mary Beth McCormick, Executive Director

Ms. Mary Beth McCormick has extensive experience in real estate, capital markets, and corporate governance and brings that expertise to her role as the Executive Director of the Ohio State Center for Real Estate. From 2010 to 2016, Ms. McCormick was a Senior Advisor with Almanac Realty Investors, LLC. She served the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System from 1989 through 2005, where she was most recently responsible for directing the then $64 billion fund’s real estate investments. Ms. McCormick has held a number of leadership positions for a variety of national and regional real estate associations, including Chair of the Pension Real Estate Association. She has also served as a Director on the board of multiple public and private REITs and real estate operating companies. In addition to being the Executive Director of the Center for Real Estate, Ms. McCormick is also a Senior Lecturer at The Fisher School of Business with The Ohio State University. Ms. McCormick is a member of the Urban Land Institute, PREA, NACD, past president of the Columbus Commercial Real Estate Women and has a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA from The Ohio State University.

Zahi Ben-David   Itzhak Ben-David, Academic Director

Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate
Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research

Professor Itzhak (“Zahi”) Ben-David is the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. He serves as the Director of the Ohio State Center for Real Estate. He teaches real estate and finance classes to both graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Ben-David has published in top finance and economics journals, such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. His work in recent years investigates the role of intermediaries in precipitating the housing bubble and the aftermath of the housing crisis. Dr. Ben-David holds an MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Chicago, as well as a BS and MS in industrial engineering, and a BA in accounting from Tel-Aviv University, and an MS in finance from London Business School.

Jana HrdinovaJana Hrdinová, Associate Director

Jana Hrdinová is the Associate Director at the Ohio State Center for Real Estate. Prior to coming to the Center Jana was a Program Associate at Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she was responsible for project development, planning, implementation, management, analysis, and writing. Prior to entering the academic world, Jana worked for U.S. Senator (Minnesota) Mark Dayton as deputy director for constituent services concentrating predominantly on immigration issues. In addition to assisting constituents with problems regarding federal agencies, Jana conducted outreach to Minnesota’s African-immigrant and African-American communities, and advised Senator Dayton on immigration, worker’s compensation, and postal service policy issues. Jana holds a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Minnesota.