Nancy Seltzer is a New York native, born in the Bronx and raised in Westchester County. She spent any available time in her formative years taking advantage of Manhattan’s many assets, it’s museums, theater, shopping, architecture and parks, which she today still enjoys. Her encyclopedic knowledge of the city and great interest in both the the city and the clients she serves helps to make her an excellent broker.
Nancy attended the University of Pennsylvania spending her last year in an Architecture Honors Program, part of the Graduate School of Fine Arts. She then took a year off from school to work as assistant to the head of Real Estate Operations for IBM’s East Coast Division, before heading to a three year program in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. During one Graduate School summer she received a grant from the State of Massachusetts and the National Historic Register allowing her to survey, identify, record and help rehabilitate and redevelop 350 historic properties in Quincy, Massachusetts. On a second summer she designed landscape terrace gardens in Manhattan. The topic of her thesis at Harvard was The Fifth Avenue Special District, a detailed text and pictorial study on the influence of zoning on the physical fabric of the city and specifically Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
Nancy’s understanding and curiosity about architecture and real estate was explored extensively in a well attended series of 25 forums she crafted and held at the Harvard Club of New York on Real Estate, Architecture, Art and the Future. Some of the series topics included “Towering Corporate Images” about the nexus of exceptionally distinguished architectural buildings being erected on Fifth and Madison Avenues in the 57th Street area ca. 1980, “Times Square Redone” on the mid 1980’s masterplan to redevelop the area, and programs on the Westside waterfront development, Buckminster Fuller’s ideas for New York and the world and Isaac Asimov’s concept of the new city to name a few topics. The series became a salon for ideas about development and cities, especially New York.
Nancy has an avid interest in young, contemporary artists, and has a collection with an emphasis on Japanese and South American artists. She was asked to stage a VIP Event on her specialty for the prestigious New York art fair, The Armory Show, the largest contemporary art fair in the country. The result was The Girls from Kyoto at the St. Regis Hotel attended by 800 art lovers and received well by the press. Information on the event and its artists can be found at www.nancyseltzerart.com.
Nancy is a longtime, active member serving on leadership committees at MOMA, the Whitney, the Guggenheim and a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Parrish Museum, and many other small museums.
She is a 25 year member of the Harvard Club of New York having participated on many committees there, lastly as the Chair of the Admissions Committee as well as the House, Athletics and Activities Committees.
She is also on the Executive Committee of the Common Good and a member of HARVARDWOOD, the national arts organization for Harvard graduates.