Paul Travis is Managing Partner of Washington Square Partners, a real estate development advisory firm in New York City which he founded in 1994. Over the years he has worked with corporations, non-profit institutions and government entities to reconfigure real estate assets and solve land use issues. He is also a partner in Kingsbridge Development Partners, a real estate development firm that developed the River Plaza center with Target Stores, at the time the first major private commercial development in the Bronx in twenty years.
Since its inception, his firm has been responsible for several major redevelopment initiatives including Moynihan Station Redevelopment, New York Historical Society, Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment, Cooper Union, Harlem Park, River Plaza, Theatre Row, Long Island City and Skyland Center in Washington, D.C. Mr. Travis is currently a partner in the 1.8 million square foot mixed use City Point project in Downtown Brooklyn
Prior to founding Washington Square Partners, Mr. Travis served as Chief Operating Officer of Forest City Ratner Companies in New York City where he was responsible for the development and leasing of MetroTech Center, a 4.5-million-square-foot complex in Brooklyn, New York. He was also responsible for the revival of Lincoln Road and the development of the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, the first new convention center hotel in that City. Mr. Travis had previously been Director of Real Estate for the Price Company, the predecessor to Costco, and Senior Vice President of the New York City Public Development Corporation (now EDC). At PDC, he directed the 42nd Street Development Project in Manhattan and was responsible for commercial and industrial development projects throughout the City, including the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square.
Mr. Travis is a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of Playwrights Horizons, the Milano School at the New School University, and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at The University of Albany.
Mr. Travis received his Bachelors in Political Science (cum laude) from the University at Albany in 1975; his Masters in Policy Analysis from the New School University in 1977.