Ira Weinstein
Principal, Corporate Development

Prior to taking on his current role of Principal, Corporate Development, Ira Weinstein oversaw the firm's Real Estate practices. His role was to develop and execute strategy that grows the capacity and capability of resources dedicated to community development for the benefit of our clients, our people, and our communities.

Ira's additional firm leadership responsibilities included spending eight years managing the Baltimore office and over 20 years managing a consulting practice focused on providing strategic advisory services to clients in support of their vision for growth and enhanced enterprise value. He has extensive knowledge of the public-private partnership, specifically leveraging government programs to accomplish the project finance goals of his client base. Such programs include the federal and state New Markets Tax Credit Programs, the federal and state historic tax credit programs, renewable energy tax credits for investment and production, and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. 

Ira is a subject matter expert and firm leader on Opportunity Zones, an economic development provision passed as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, providing technical, transaction advisory, and entity formation services related to this provision. In this role, Ira co-authored “The Guide to Making Opportunity Zones Work” in 2020.

Ira speaks at conferences and seminars nationwide on a variety of topics. Before joining CohnReznick, he advised local economic development organizations on strategies to revitalize their geographic footprint. Before that, he spent several years in the corporate finance department of a public company raising capital for corporate and project finance and completing acquisitions and divestitures of company assets. His initial experience just post-college was doing credit analysis for a factor in extending credit nationwide across a variety of industries.

Education

MS, Finance, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD

BS, Management, University of Delaware

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

National Housing and Rehabilitation Association – Board Member

Council of Development Finance Agencies – Board Member

East Baltimore Development, Inc – Audit Committee

SCC – Founding Member

Reznick Foundation – Board Member

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