President and Chief Executive Officer
Don has been with Federal Realty since 1998, where he is a trustee and has served in positions from chief financial officer to chief operating officer to president before being named its chief executive in 2002. Prior to joining Federal, Don spent 8 years at New York-based ITT Corporation, where he served in various capacities, including deputy controller and chief financial officer of wholly-owned subsidiary Caesars World, Inc. The first 7 years of his career were spent at accounting firm Arthur Andersen, leaving in 1989 to work for client Donald Trump as the vice president of finance for the then newly acquired Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, NJ.
Don is active charitably through his work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) among others. In 2002, Don took the reins of the Breath of Life Gala – at the time a fledgling event supporting cystic fibrosis research – and with the help of a committed and tenacious team of volunteers and CFF staffers, grew the gala into what became one of the most financially and experientially successful events in Washington, D.C. and the number one gala nationally for CFF. Don’s daughter, Rachel, was born with the genetic disease.
Don received his Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State College in 1982, where he graduated with honors and subsequently received his CPA from the state of New Jersey. He is a past chair of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), has served as a member of the executive committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and on the board of Quality Care Properties (NYSE:QCP), a Maryland healthcare REIT. He is also a member of the U.S. Capital Chapter of the World President’s Organization (WPO) and was previously named “Entrepreneur of the Year in Real Estate” by professional services firm Ernst and Young. He has been married to Stacey Sykes Wood for 30 years and has four children who he is immensely proud of named Ian, Jason, Kevin, and Rachel.