Debrah Lee Charatan is an American real estate founder and investor based in New York City. She is the current President of BCB Property Management Inc. and a philanthropist and sponsor of various NYC charities and organizations. Charatan is also the co-founder of the Charatan/Holm Family Foundation through which she supports numerous local Jewish cultural institutions in honor of her heritage.
As a real estate veteran for nearly forty years, Debrah Lee Charatan began her career in the 1970s as a secretary, working her way through the ranks to become a property manager at a local brokerage firm. During this time, she earned a BS degree in real estate from Baruch College. In 1980 Charatan founded Bach Realty and, over the next decade, grew the company into one of the most prominent commercial real estate firms in NYC. Known for her lucrative sales and all-female team, Charatan quickly became recognized as a pioneer within the industry.
With enough expertise to start her own venture, she went on to establish Debrah Lee Charatan Realty Inc. in 1993 and continued to excel in the city’s real estate sales and investments. Since 2008, she serves as the founder and president of BCB Property Management Inc., a firm which focuses on the multifamily and mixed-use residential marketplace. In this role, Debrah Charatan oversees the acquisitions, renovations and dispositions of buildings in some of Manhattan and Brooklyn’s most desirable neighborhoods. Since its inception, BCB has acquired over 1.6 million square feet of real estate in New York and New Jersey and holds a vast portfolio of over 120 buildings and 1,800 apartments.
Her many business ventures have earned her recognition as both an entrepreneur and an influential presence within the real estate industry. Charatan is the recipient of numerous awards including Entrepreneurial Women of the Year by Women Business Owners of New York, Glamour Magazine’s Outstanding Working Woman and a member of the YWCA Academy of Working Achievers.
For over 15 years, Debrah Lee Charatan has supported numerous charities and organizations in and around the greater New York area. She is the co-founder of the Charatan/Holm Family Foundation which seeks to support civic, cultural, various humanitarian causes. Through the foundation, Chartan has donated to organizations including the Central Park Conservancy, Chai Lifeline, and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. A dedicated advocate of her Jewish heritage, she is a notable supporter of Jewish organizations including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Park East Synagogue, Chabad of Southampton and the Jewish Museum. Amongst these institutions, she is a member of the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation, which actively preserves and promotes the history and sacrifices of Eastern European Jews who fought against Nazi occupation in World War II.
Charatan currently acts as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Selfhelp Community Services, a senior-care, independent-living organization, for which she assists in raising and managing funds. Additionally, Debrah Lee Charatan is a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Real Estate Council and the Women’s Leadership Council of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, two of NYC’s most premier cultural institutions.
Debrah Lee Charatan is a lifelong resident of New York. A writer and instructor, Charatan has authored numerous articles for the New York Law Journal, Real Estate Weekly and Real Estate Forum. During her career, she previously taught courses on commercial real estate at New York University and Queens College. In recent years, she has demonstrated her expertise through thought leadership works on publications like Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, SCORE NYC and Thrive Global.