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Constance J. Milstein is an attorney and co-founder of Ogden CAP Properties, LLC, a premier
real estate, hotel and property development and management firm. As an Ogden CAP principal,
she assists in guiding the company’s operations in New York and Washington, DC, including
overseeing the three-year renovation of The Jefferson, an historic Washington hotel and
Ms. Milstein has translated her entrepreneurial skills and success into creating innovative and sustainable philanthropic projects, and her devotion to public-spirited causes such as job
creation and education, medical research, the arts, and supporting veterans of the US Armed Forces and their families, is widely recognized.
In 2004, she founded Connie’s Corp., which operated Connie’s Bakery & General Store. The
bakery was a socially responsible enterprise committed to empowering individuals who were
homeless, unemployed or had special needs by giving them an opportunity to work and learn
new culinary and business skills, with all profits going to charitable causes through her Foundation Sweet Success. Ms. Milstein is a founding Board Member of Blue Star Families, the nation’s largest support organization for US military spouses and families. Connie’s Bakery and Blue Star Families are proud to host annual holiday events for wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
Ms. Milstein believes no military veteran who wants to work should be unemployed. So in 2013,
Foundation Sweet Success formed a joint venture with the newly-launched non-profit Dog Tag
Bakery organization (DTB), based in Washington, DC, that will feature Connie’s baked goods. In
addition to providing employment for disabled military veterans and their spouses, DTB -
through a cooperative arrangement with the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown
University - will provide practical education and training in the culinary arts and entrepreneurship
so participants can later pursue jobs and business ventures on their own. DTB will commence
full operation in 2014 with a production, training and retail facility in Georgetown, Washington
Ms. Milstein is actively engaged in global education and international humanitarian efforts, and
is a longtime supporter of the United Nations. She is a former board member of UN Watch
based in Geneva, Switzerland, serves as a Board Member Emeritus of Refugees International,
and is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy. A
decade ago, as a member of the United Nations Association of the United States of America
(UNA-USA), Ms. Milstein conceived and underwrote the Global Classrooms project of the
United Nations Association, providing conflict resolution skills to underprivileged children in high
schools around the New York City metro area.
She co-founded the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI), a non-profit organization that works with the
United Nations and public-private partnerships to implement large-scale humanitarian projects
in developing countries. During her tenure with HDI, she pioneered programs to foster
Congressional relationships with senior level UN Representatives and Ambassadors - with an
emphasis on bringing women leaders to the table - in order to create greater dialogue and
understanding of how to work together to address major global issues. HDI has a Congressional
Advisory Board of more than 20 sitting Members of the US Congress and has worked with
governments all over the world since 2005 on projects ranging from literacy to hunger relief to
landmine excavation and removal.
Ms. Milstein has worked in cooperation with the Third Way Foundation and other partners to
orchestrate and coordinate conferences that broadened the global political conversation on how
governments can advance progressive goals within the reality of the new economy. In 2002,
Ms. Milstein personally chaired an historic gathering of current and prospective transatlantic
leaders at Hartwell House in the United Kingdom to discuss global political challenges and
cooperation; participants included President William J. Clinton, then - Prime Minister Tony Blair
and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, as well as many other European and
American political leaders. She has served as Treasurer and as Counselor to the Chairman of
the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) and as a former Board Member of the National
Ms. Milstein’s humanitarian efforts expand into the fields of medicine and healthcare, as well.
She is a staunch supporter of heart research dating back to her first job working for the North
Carolina Heart Association. She was the driving force behind the creation of the Vivian and
Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center, a world-renowned facility which opened in 2010 that
offers comprehensive, interdisciplinary cardiovascular care at New York - Presbyterian Hospital.
Ms. Milstein has been an active member of the hospital’s Board of Trustees since 2000 and sits
on the Quality and Performance Improvement Committee as well as the Real Estate and Major
Facilities Committee, and the Joint Conference Committee.
Ms. Milstein helped launch Medical Missions for Children, a charity located on the campus of St.
Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, NJ which provides healthcare via telemedicine and
teaching networks to young critically-ill patients in more than 100 developing countries. She also
provides considerable support to LUNGevity Foundation, an organization committed to
combatting lung cancer and serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens United for Research in
Epilepsy (CURE), a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for epilepsy.
Ms. Milstein earned her undergraduate degree from New York University (NYU) and her J.D.
cum laude from the North Carolina Central University Law School, where she served as
Comment Editor of the North Carolina Central Law Journal (in 2007 the name was changed to
NC Central Law Review). She currently serves as a Trustee of New York University, which
conferred upon her the 2009 College of Arts and Science Distinguished Service Award and the
Albert Gallatin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Society in 2010.
Devoted to helping develop young minds, Ms. Milstein conceived of a program to promote 21st
century education, and provided critical guidance and support for the expansion of NYU into the
nation’s capital. The Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center at New York
University’s Washington, DC campus prepares future leaders by supplementing academic
training with job and internship opportunities in government, politics, public administration, and
journalism education and research.
A supporter of and contributor to the arts, Ms. Milstein serves as a member of the Kennedy
Center International Committee on the Arts, an advisory board comprised of arts advocates
from the US and overseas who support the international exchange of ideas and cultural
programming at The Kennedy Center. She is a member of the National Symphony Orchestra
Board of Directors, serves as a Trustee of the Washington National Opera and was Chair of the
2013 National Opera Ball. She has also served as Board member of the historic Ford’s Theater
in Washington, DC.
Ms. Milstein has been honored for her service and generosity with many awards, including the
prestigious 2000 National Human Relations Award by UN Watch and its parent organization, the
American Jewish Committee. In 2004, Ms. Milstein received the Celine Marcus Award from the
New York Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter for her long-time advocacy for the homeless.
Other honors include YWCA’s 2006 Salute to Women and Racial Justice Award for outstanding
achievement in business and the 2007 Urban Visionary by Cooper Union for outstanding urban
Ms. Milstein is the proud mother of two daughters and a granddaughter. She is married to the
The Count de La Haye Saint Hilaire and carries the title of The Countess de La Haye Saint
Hilaire. The couple resides in Washington, DC, as well as Old Greenwich, CT and Normandy,
France. She speaks French and conversational Italian and Spanish.