Jeffrey Lynford

  • President and CEO, Educational Housing Services

  • Trustee Associate, NYU

Jeffrey Lynford

Jeffrey H. Lynford is President and CEO of Educational Housing Services, Inc., the leading not-for-profit New York City organization that provides safe and affordable housing for college students and interns since 1987.  He was the co-founder of the Wellsford group of public and private real estate companies and has served as the Chairman of three exchange-listed corporations which he has brought public. 

Mr. Lynford has served on the Board of NYU Tandon since 1997 and the Board of New York University since 2008.  At NYU Tandon, Mr. Lynford co-founded the Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing (IMAS) which sponsors the Lynford Lecture Series, an annual presentation of the work of outstanding mathematicians, engineers and scientists. 

Additionally, Mr. Lynford has held three gubernatorial appointments, currently as Vice Chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and formerly as a Trustee of the Trust for Governors Island and as a Member of the New York State Council on the Arts.  He is an emeritus trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Global Heritage Fund, the Lower Eastside Tenement Museum, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and the Citizens Budget Commission.  

Mr. Lynford is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and the Fordham University School of Law. He is married to Tondra Lynford, who is a psychotherapist and an acknowledged expert in autism; they are the parents of four children and one grandchild.