Adam Milstein believes active philanthropy is essential to the work he does. He’s a Managing Partner at Hager Pacific Properties where he has spent years building an investment portfolio in luxurious properties across California, Texas and Illinois and bringing in investor capital. His philanthropy is accomplished through the Milstein Foundation, a charity group that he and his wife Gila started back in the year 2000, and they are personally involved with every group they support beyond giving financially to those groups. Adam Milstein talked to Ideamensch about his business career and how philanthropy is important to his daily routine.
Milstein told Ideamensch that he got the idea for the company back when he attended grad school in the early 1980s and couldn’t find a job offer that satisfied him. He got into commercial real estate brokering, and then partnered with David Hager to build Hager Pacific Properties. Milstein’s day has a lot of unknowns as a real estate professional, but he’s found that being active in philanthropy has helped give it structure. He and Gila also have helped Jewish families learn Hebrew and other cultural traditions through Sifriyat Pijama B’America. He is also Chairman of the Israeli-American Council, a foundation he helped start to promote pro Israel policies and build deeper ties with the US. He’s also a member of Hasbara Fellowships, AIPAC, and Jerusalem U.
Adam Milstein was born in 1952 to parents who had immigrated to Israel in its early years. In 1948 when the nation was first formed, his father fought in the war of independence and then retired from the military to become a building framer. Adam also served in the military from 1971 to 1973 joining Ariel Sharon’s division during the Yom Kippur War. Adam worked with his father in the construction business for a few years and then completed his bachelor’s degree at the Technion Israeli Institute of Technology. In 1981 he and his wife Gila moved their family to the US where he completed his MBA at USC, and founded Hager Pacific Properties not too long after. His philanthropic work has earned him a spot in the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews list of 2016.