Orna Shulman founded her own investment company, OLS Ventures, LLC in early 2001 to manage her own investment portfolio and advise third parties in alternative investments and opportunistic real estate situations.
For over 12 years, Ms. Shulman was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel and, subsequently Chief Operating Office of Intertech Corporation, a private investment firm in which Ms. Shulman was a partner.
At Intertech Corporation, Ms. Shulman initiated the development and subsequent disposition of 4 million square feet of office parks, retail centers and residential communities. In the mid 1990’s, Ms. Shulman acquired with institutional partners, 14 hotels, which ultimately were sold to Starwood. Ms. Shulman was the architect of the purchase and redevelopment of a 500,000 square foot office building, 1500 Broadway in Times Square, including the new studios of ABC’s Good Morning America. Ms. Shulman also invested the firm’s capital in high tech and biotech start-ups, both in the U.S. and in Israel. The private equity portfolios exceeded $800 million in value. During her tenure, the return on equity exceeded eightfold.
Ms. Shulman also spends her time in the non-profit world, having served on the Dean’s Board of Advisors at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, on the Board of the Lang Institute for Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School, and as past Trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Currently, Ms. Shulman is on the Board of Directors of New Yorkers for Children; the Middle East Forum, The Eldridge Street Project; and the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University. She is also an international member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Ms. Shulman graduated from Tufts University, and has a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. She is an avid collector of European paintings and Decorative Arts from the first half of the Twentieth Century.