Leslie G. Cohen

Principal, COO, Head of Asset Management

Leslie Cohen is the COO and Head of Asset Management for Samuels & Associates. She is responsible for executing the strategic vision of the firm across numerous multi-million dollar developments in Boston and the surrounding communities. She spends most of her time focusing on staff engagement, organizational health and efficiency, and leading efforts in improving diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the firm. She also oversees operations of the S&A portfolio consisting of retail, residential, office and hotel product. Since joining Samuels & Associates in 2002 originally as a Developer, she has successfully overseen the rise of major projects like Pierce, a 30-story luxury residence in The Fenway, and Continuum, a pioneering mixed-use development in the heart of North Allston, MA. Cohen served as the President of CREW Boston (formerly NEWiRE); she is currently on the NAIOP MA Board Management Committee and was 2020 President of NAIOP MA. Cohen on the Building and Grounds Committee at Tufts University.  She has co-chaired the Heading Home Housewarming event for several years is now a member of their Board.

In 2013, Cohen was selected as a Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 honoree. In 2014 and 2018 she was honored as one of Bisnow’s Power Women in Commercial Real Estate.  In 2019, Cohen was honored by the Boston Business Journal as one of the top women in business in Boston.  Cohen was also being honored in 2020 by CREW Boston where she will receive their Leadership Award in 2021.