Scott Kaufmann is a founding partner of JM Zell Partners. He has an exceptional knowledge of development, financing, business, planning, operations and project management.  With more than 20 years in the industry, Scott has earned a reputation for developing and implementing practical real estate strategies that support and enhance the client’s organizational, business, operational and financial goals. His strengths also include evaluating situations, analyzing approaches and options, devising creative solutions to complex problems and presenting alternative strategies in a manner that facilitates informed decision-making at every level.

Over the years, Scott has been responsible for all aspects of planning, development, operations planning, construction oversight and commissioning of over a million square feet of owner occupied and commercial property in the Washington DC metropolitan area and nationally.  His experience extends to master planning for large mixed-use developments as well as specialized use planning for not-for-profit organizations, museums and cultural institutions. 

Scott has successfully overseen multiple projects, from planning, budgeting and acquisition to working with the architects, engineers, designers and contractors through final development and occupancy.  He has also been very effective in working with local governmental jurisdictions in the filing and processing of building permits, zoning variances, code interpretation and dispute resolution.

A graduate of The George Washington University with a degree in finance, Scott’s strengths are his construction and development expertise, superb project management skills, creative problem solving ability and financial aptitude.  Scott is a licensed real estate sales person in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.  Scott is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

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Philanthropy & Charitable Causes

The George Washington University
Shakespeare Theatre Company
National Gallery of Art


Professional Associations

American Association of Museums
The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE)
The Urban Land Institute