Director, Global Real Estate – Shearman & Sterling
Arsha Cazazian-Clement’s parents grew up in Romania and raised her in Queens and Long Island, NY, where Arsha went to Armenian Summer Camp. There, she encountered Armenians who were French, Nigerian, Iranian, Syrian, and Dutch. “They each came with their own distinct stories and preferences toward things like fashion, art,” recalls Arsha. “Although we were all Armenian, we were very different. Eight weeks every summer for a decade, we integrated and mixed and shared our stories and photos.”
Buoyed by the rich diversity of her own childhood, Arsha Cazazian-Clement joined the Board of Global Nomads in 2020. Her past experience includes leading large scale public and private development projects worldwide. Currently, she is the Global Head of Real Estate for Sherman and & Sterling, where she oversees the partnerships’ approximately one million square foot real estate portfolio, spanning 23 offices on five continents.
“How people feel in their surroundings shapes their view of the world, their performance, their happiness, and ultimately their success,” says Arsha, who taught architecture for eight years at the New York Institute of Technology and values mentorship as well. “I teach so I can share that belief.” She has also worked with Showtime, CBS, The Harvard Club of NY, and Erno Laszlo NY.
“The more tragedies and unrest we experience, the more empathy must be central to the actions we take and everything that we do,” says Arsha. She maintains a commitment to sustainable development in emerging markets and underserved areas. “Young people who use Global Nomads’ programs are equipped to lead with empathy.”
Arsha brings a passion to expand Global Nomads, including into Armenia, a center for young STEM talent. The organization welcomes her investment in cultivating inspiring virtual spaces for youth from all corners of the world.