Class of 1967
Hall of Honor 2017
Jeff Greenberger is a second generation Islander, born and raised in Grand Island. At Grand Island High School he was involved in the Islander and served as vice-president of his class. Following graduation, he attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He then attended Columbia University School of Law in New York City graduating in 1974.
Greenberger joined the Chicago law firm of Sonnenschein, Carlin, Nath and Rosenthal. He honed his skills in real estate law there from 1974 to 1977. He then became the Head of the Real Estate Investment Division at Allstate Insurance Company.
Following his time at Allstate, Greenberger spent more than seventeen years at one of the leading global real estate firms, Jones Lang LaSalle. While at Jones Lang LaSalle he managed a number of significant real estate projects nationally and globally. Included among his domestic accomplishments were leading the $120 million redevelopment and expansion of Orchestra Hall in Chicago, home of the Chicago Symphony, and the creation of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Public Sector Group. Internationally, Greenberger advised clients as diverse as Bank of America in the bank’s multi-country AsiaPacific region and the British Department of Social Security in a groundbreaking privatization of its 17 million square foot real estate portfolio. After leaving Jones Lang LaSalle, Greenberger worked for Deutsche Bank in New York City, from 2002 to 2006, serving first as Head of Real Estate Strategy for the United States and later Global Head of Strategic Planning for Real Estate.
Greenberger then joined the effort to preserve our planet’s precious resources. He was the founding President of Parking Lites, which provided energy-efficient lighting for parking and other facilities. In 2012, he partnered with Hispanic Housing Development Corporation to create Affordable Community Energy, Inc., which provided comprehensive energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy retrofits to multifamily low-income housing. In 2016, to carry on this critical dual mission of helping to keep affordable housing affordable and fighting climate change, Greenberger formed an independent company, Affordable Community Energy Services Company.
He has extended his impact on his community by serving on several non-profit Boards, including the Chicago Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves, a global organization dedicated to helping teachers teach issues of civic responsibility and tolerance; Hispanic Housing Development Corporation; and the Institute for Clinical Social Work, a unique clinical and research-oriented institution of higher-learning that grants Ph.D. and Masters degrees to psychotherapists.
Greenberger and his wife Madelyn have two grown children, Sara and Elliot, and one grandchild, Isaiah.