Steven Usdan, President of the Board at Yavneh Hebrew Academy
Steven Usdan, president of Yavneh Hebrew Academy in Hancock Park, hosted his family for an elegant holiday meal under their well-appointed sukkah in their beautiful backyard sukkah. This event attracted community leaders as well as religious and educational experts.
He is also a partner at long/short equity hedge fund Trellus Management, with extensive experience in private equity as well as real estate industry positions he held prior.
Early Life and Education
In 1968, one thousand New York City-area children descended upon Long Island for the inaugural Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts. While its original curriculum featured music, art and dance instruction, as times and tastes changed so did Usdan; over time more programs have been added to broaden students’ horizons and expand its impact beyond fine arts alone.
Sebastian and Gordiy Sherbin of Ukraine are attending Usdan through a scholarship program called Sunflower, named for Ukraine’s national flower. Lazar and Yevgenia Sherbin of Babylon had to evacuate their home due to fighting near them earlier in March; both boys are attending Usdan for eight weeks this summer with tuition funding provided by UJA-Federation of New York.
Steven Usdan is an experienced lawyer and business executive, possessing comprehensive knowledge in legal, financial, and regulatory issues in textile and cleantech industries. Giotex, one of the largest certified recycled cotton textile producers in North and South America, supplies leading mills and brands with sustainable material of superior quality. He possesses extensive experience in business consulting, joint ventures, and entrepreneurial development for textile recycling and sustainability across textile and cleantech industries. He earned both his undergraduate degree at Yeshiva University and law degree at University of California; currently serving as managing member for Cca Acquisition Company LLC with four known connections that lead back to Joseph Kornwasser as the main one.
Achievement and Honors
Steven Usdan has long been recognized for his expertise on educational issues and has lectured widely across China, India Nepal Hungary Russia and the US. A member of Phi Delta Kappan magazine’s Editorial Board and consultant to several boards and educational organizations as a whole; additionally he belongs to National Council School Boards and Hunt Institute as well. Recently the Orthodox Union West Coast Region presented local leaders including Jack Weiss from California’s 5th District; Helena and Steve Usdan along with Rabbi Reuven Huttler of Etz Jacob Congregation Los Angeles with their Chesed Award Award.
Philanthropist David Bloom has given generously to numerous charities while writing extensively on education. As a consultant to boards of education, and lecturing around the United States and internationally. Bloom has served on various advisory councils such as those for Phi Delta Kappan’s editorial board; Hunt Institute; National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and U.S. Conference of Mayors.
They have two children together and enjoy hiking and outdoor activities in their free time. Their home is in Hancock Park, New York City; as Jewish individuals they celebrate Jewish holidays and festivals together while having dogs, cats and even a chicken for companionship.
CCA and KSCP have acquired, developed, or redeveloped over 6 million square feet of retail property since 2002. Our investments rely heavily on extensive relationships, experience, integrity, tenacity and creative problem-solving to take well-located real estate to higher levels of value.
John Usdan is also a partner at Trellus Management, an equity long/short hedge fund founded by his brother Adam Usdan in 1994. Since 2012, John Usdan has made at least four trades of ASNA stock worth $849 thousand according to SEC filings.
Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and law student at Munger Tolles & Olson LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP respectively, as well as being an active member of both groups and New York City Bar Association.