David Kessler
CPA, Partner, Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of CohnReznick, David Kessler is responsible for overseeing the strategic priorities, operations, people, and client service initiatives for the firm. In this capacity, he works with the Executive Board and other firm leaders to realize CohnReznick’s purpose: creating opportunities for our people, making a difference for our clients, and strengthening our communities.

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David Kessler

Office | 301-652-9100

Bethesda, MD

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Experience and credentials

Over 30 years of experience providing audit, tax, and management advisory services to the real estate and financial services industries 
Served as Managing Partner – Real Estate Industry overseeing firm’s largest practice group (affordable housing, commercial real estate, construction, and tax credit services).
Has represented lenders, developers, syndicators, private equity funds, institutional investors such as life insurance companies and pension funds, asset management companies, property management companies, REITs, and loan funds.
Advised clients on numerous tax incentives and credit programs including low-income housing tax credits, New Markets Tax Credits, historic tax credits, energy credits, and Opportunity Zones. 
Designed and taught real estate accounting graduate-level course at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies and the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation for each university’s graduate degree program in real estate development.
Real estate thought leader and frequent speaker at real industry conferences nationwide.


BS, Accounting, University of Maryland 

Board affiliations

Junior Achievement of Greater Washington
Barker Adoption Foundation

Professional affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Maryland Society of Certified Public Accountants
Urban Land Institute
Pension Real Estate Association
The Real Estate Roundtable
National Multifamily Housing Council