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Introducing the Bookstein Real Estate Center

May 7, 2024

Harriet and Harvey Bookstein

The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics unveiled a new name for the college’s real estate center on May 6 in honor of Harriet and Harvey Bookstein and their generous support of the college. Chandra Subramaniam, dean of Nazarian College, announced that the college’s Center for Real Estate would now be known as the Bookstein Real Estate Center. 

The event, held at the Orchard Conference Center, brought together students, faculty, alumni and community leaders. Attendees heard from distinguished guests, including Harvey and Harriet Bookstein, CSUN President Erika Beck and Dean Subramaniam, to learn more about the center’s mission to educate future generations of real estate professionals, advance the profession and real estate law, and serve as a resource.

“Harvey and Harriet Bookstein have once again shown their unwavering support of Nazarian College with their generous contribution to our real estate program,” said Dean Subramaniam. “Their long-time philanthropic and volunteer support has benefited countless students and served as an inspiration for many over the years. That’s why we are thrilled that Nazarian College’s Center for Real Estate will now be known as the Bookstein Real Estate Center in recognition of their generous philanthropy and good citizenship.”

Harvey Bookstein said he and his wife were honored to have the center named after them.

“Harriet and I are pleased to support Nazarian College and its continuing efforts to advance real estate knowledge and educate future generations of real estate leaders and professionals through timely research, education programs and community involvement,” he said. “We feel so fortunate that we are able to help Nazarian College build a thriving real estate program that will benefit its students as well as the communities in which they will ultimately work."

As part of the evening’s event, Mr. Bookstein moderated a panel discussion on issues facing today’s real estate market. Three specialists—Keltie Cole, division president of KB Home Los Angeles/Ventura; Paul Jennings, principal of OCS Energy and expert in commercial real estate; and Cleo McDougald, senior vice president, CRE Credit Risk, for IDB—discussed the impact of interest rates on residential and commercial properties, new home construction, including ADUs, and housing supply issues, among other topics.

Harvey Bookstein, a certified public accountant who graduated from CSUN in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, has nearly 50 years of public accounting experience and specializes in providing tax, accounting and business consulting services to clients in the real estate and high-net-worth practice areas. He is recognized as one of California’s most respected certified public accountants. Bookstein is a senior partner of the prestigious national CPA firm Armanino LLP. He specializes in financial issues relating to children, divorce and the development of strategies to pass family wealth from one generation to the next.

Harriet Bookstein is a successful business manager who works with high-profile leaders in the business and entertainment industries. Her clients range from performers to executives.

The Booksteins have been longtime supporters of CSUN and the Nazarian College. Over the years, Harvey Bookstein has guest lectured in dozens of classes and mentored hundreds of CSUN students. In 2005, he and his wife donated $1 million for the creation of the Harvey and Harriet Bookstein Chair in Taxation and the Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation.

Read the news release and the CSUN Today article.