Diverse, passionate, and driven

Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate students are as diverse as the specialties they choose to pursue. The ability to bring leadership to the industry and make a unique contribution to the community at Cornell are factors that are often emphasized over direct experience, GPAs, and GMAT scores. Characteristics that the selection committee looks for include:

  • A passion for real estate and its related fields
  • Creativity and an intellectual spark
  • The ability to positively contribute to diverse teams
  • Leadership in an academic, work, or community setting
  • Direct or indirect real estate experience or exposure

Baker Program students demonstrate the variety of interests, backgrounds, and geographies that constitute a diverse and compelling cohort for your studies.

Jason Abel

Jason Abel

Hometown: Dresher, Pennsylvania

Education: University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Business, bachelor of business administration in accounting and information systems

Professional experience: Audit associate for KPMG in their financial services sector, financial analyst for Gibraltar Capital and Asset Management, LLC

Future Career Focus: Career in real estate private equity management

X-Factor: Monthly volunteer at Jewish Relief Agency packing and delivering food and supplies

Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson

Hometown: Ithaca, New York

Education: State University of New York at Geneseo, bachelor of arts in economics

Experience: Capital improvement projects for Travis Hyde Properties; renovation and construction project manager

Future Career Focus: Infill development projects

X-Factor: Created website to track and update others on real estate market and property development in the Ithaca area

Jessica Kane

Jessica Kane

Hometown: Davie, Florida

Education: University of St. Gallen, Switzerland: School of Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences, master of strategies in international management; University of Oklahoma: Price College of Business, bachelor of business administration

Experience: Project coordinator, SIEMENS, Germany; business development ambassador, Muse, Shanghai; project manager, Cardiff Giant hospitality group, Los Angeles

Future Career Focus: Development and finance

X-Factor: Speaks Chinese and German

Katherine Scafuri

Katherine Scafuri

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Education: Wellesley College, double major in architecture and French cultural studies

Experience: Project coordinator, Hill Harder Development; design assistant, Kristine Mullaney Design; intern, Cambridge Historical Commission

Future Career Focus: Development

X-Factor: Fluent in French

Jason Spencer

Jason Spencer

Hometown: Deckerville, Michigan

Education: University of Michigan, master of engineering in structural engineering, bachelor of science in civil engineering

Experience: Freelance structural engineer; project manager on Hyatt Hotels apartment complexes, and the American embassy in London

Future Career Focus: Career in development that successfully balances economic constraints, architectural aesthetics, and sustainable design principles

X-Factor: Assessed several multi-story buildings for structural damage following a major earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand