Board of Directors & Staff

Board Officers



As CEO of Campus Apartments, David J. Adelman is one of the nation’s leading experts on university-affiliated real estate development. Under his leadership, Campus Apartments has grown into one of the nation’s largest providers of on- and off-campus student housing with more than $2 billion in assets under management across 24 states.

Mr. Adelman is an active private investor, entrepreneur, and member of his community.  He has served in leadership positions at Franklin Square Capital Partners, a leading manager of alternative investment, as well as FS Investment Corporation and FS Energy and Power Fund, both publicly registered business development companies focused on investing in the debt securities of private U.S. companies.

Mr. Adelman also serves on the Actua Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTA) Board of Directors; Penn Medicine Board of Trustees; Wheels Up Board of Directors; Board of Councilors of the USC Shoah Foundation-The Institute for Visual History and Education; Vice Chair of University City District Board of Directors; and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).



Steven J. Kessler has enjoyed a 50-plus year career in accounting, finance, and real estate, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Resource Capital Corp. (trading under the symbol RSO). He has been a member of the board since 2009 and served as Chairman from November of 2009 to September of 2016.

Prior to becoming Chairman of Resource Capital Corp., Mr. Kessler served in a variety of leadership roles, including: Chief Financial Officer of Resource America, Inc. (trading under the symbol REXI); the Chief Financial Officer of Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P., (trading under the symbol APL on the NYSE). Vice President of finance and acquisitions at Kravco Company; trustee and chairman of the audit committee of GMH Communities Trust; and Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer of Strouse Greenberg & Co.

Mr. Kessler also gives back to the community, previously serving as Chairman and presently serving as Treasurer of the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, and is a trustee of the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network.


Vice Chair

Mr. Matthew Pestronk is the President and Co-Founder of Post Brothers.  Following his early-career success as a commercial real estate finance executive, Mr. Pestronk co-founded Post Brothers at the age of 29, and has grown the company into one of the most prolific real estate development and investment firms on the East Coast. Mr. Pestronk and his wife, Carrie, reside in Gladwyne, Pa., with their two children: Max, 8, and Zac, 5. Mr. Pestronk is a recognized leader both in his industry and his community, volunteering as a passionate youth sports coach and serving on the executive board of several charitable organizations, including Beat the Streets Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, and Jewish Federation Real Estate of Greater Philadelphia.


Vice Chair

Jacob Reiter is the founder of Verde Capital and founder and CEO of Gramercy Capital Partners, a leading real estate private equity firm. In addition to working as Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Board, Mr. Reiter serves on the executive board of Jewish Federation Real Estate, (JFRE), the executive board of the Philadelphia Real Estate Council, is a past trustee of Jewish Federation of Philadelphia and works extensively with at-risk families. Mr. Reiter is the proud father of two beautiful children, Kristin Elise and Matthew Theodore, (Teddy), Reiter.


Vice Chair

Jake Sztejman was born in Lodz, Poland in 1947 to Holocaust survivors, Itzak and Faina Sztejman, who met at a work camp in Siberia after Itzak’s escape from the Lodz ghetto. Mr. Sztejman’s paternal grandmother did not survive the Majdanek death camp and left behind four surviving children. After emigrating to the US in 1962 and graduating from the Northeast High School of Philadelphia,Mr. Sztejman went on to serve in the Army from 1967-1970 and then graduate from Temple University.

In 1987, Mr. Sztejman and his wife Paula, also the daughter of Holocaust survivors, established Pro Medical Supplies, Inc. which they operate to this day. The Sztejmans have two children and five grandchildren. Very active in non-profit circles, Mr. Sztejman has served on the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Executive Board since its inception in 2006.



Executive Director

Eszter Kutas is an accomplished nonprofit professional and lawyer. Eszter became PHRF’s Executive Director after serving as the project lead and acting director for two years through her employer Fairmount Ventures, a consulting firm serving the nonprofit and public sectors in Philadelphia.

A native of Budapest, Hungary, Eszter is the granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors. Her commitment to the Holocaust Memorial project is both personal and professional; as staff attorney at The Claims Conference, Eszter oversaw the administration of a $1.25 Billion fund established by a consortium of Swiss Banks and supported the assessment of more than 80,000 Holocaust restitution claims across international borders.

Eszter has served as a senior advisor and chief of staff, program developer, fundraiser, and project manager at Philabundance, the Philadelphia region’s largest hunger-relief organization, and was the project planner and lead manager for the nation’s first nonprofit grocery store to address food inequality and access in urban food deserts. Eszter is the Secretary of the Board of Child’s World America.

Eszter earned her J.D. at the University of Eotvos Lorand in Hungary and her LL.M. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Board of Directors


Susanna Lachs Adler, Esq.

Ben Appel

Marc L. Felgoise

Jean Greenspan

Jerry Greenspan


Marcel Groen, Esq.

Hope Haron

Madeleine Kessler

Bernard H. Krik

Mim R. Krik


Jay B. Minkoff

Carrie Pestronk

David Singer

Josh Verne

Emeritus Board

Bradley J. Korman

Constance Smukler

Deborah Feith Tye

Spencer Yablon

Robert A. Zuritsky