Reed S. Cordish
Cordish in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building Auditorium
|Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental and Technology Initiatives|
January 20, 2017 – February 16, 2018
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Brooke Rollins|
|Born||June 18, 1974|
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Parents||David S. Cordish|
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
|Occupation||Former professional tennis player, real estate investor, public official|
Cordish is a principal and partner at his family-owned Baltimore-based real estate investment and development firm The Cordish Companies  where he was also affiliated with Entertainment Consulting International, a susbsidary of The Cordish Companies.
Prior to joining the Office of American Innovation, Mr. Cordish was a major benefactor of Donald Trump's campaign for President.
Early life and educationEdit
Reed Saunders Cordish was born to a Jewish family in 1974 in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the youngest son of American real estate developer David S. Cordish and former Goucher College professor Penelope Cordish.
Cordish attended the Gilman School in Baltimore from first grade through high school. After graduating from Gilman, he went to Princeton University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in English in 1996. Cordish was awarded the William Roper Award for the member of the senior class who demonstrates scholastic and athletic excellence.
While at Princeton, he played #1 singles on the Princeton tennis team for three years, earning a position on the All-Ivy Team and serving as captain of the team his senior year. He received the George Meyers Church Tennis Trophy for advancing tennis at Princeton in 1995 and 1996, and the Leon Lapidus Memorial Award awarded to the member of the men’s tennis team with the greatest achievement and dedication.
Real estate developmentEdit
Cordish was a principal and partner of The Cordish Companies, a real estate development and entertainment company. He also presided over Entertainment Consulting International (ECI), an entertainment and restaurant industry operations company under the umbrella of The Cordish Companies, sharing the same physical address.
At The Cordish Companies, Cordish helped develop the company's Live! brand, which has grown to encompass large-scale entertainment projects, sports-anchored districts, casinos, hotels and residential projects including Ballpark Village, the Power & Light District, XFINITY Live!, and Maryland Live! Casino.
Cordish played collegiate tennis at Princeton University. During his tenure at Princeton, he played #1 singles on the tennis team for multiple years, earning a position on the All-Ivy Team.
After college, Reed continued his tennis career for almost two years, qualifying to play on the Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour, and playing in the main draw of events including the ATP challenger in Brazil and the Legg Mason tour event in Washington D.C.
In January 2017, Cordish was appointed Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental and Technology Initiatives. Cordish was part of the Office of American Innovation, led by Trump Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, with a directive to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector. Other members of the Office of American Innovation included National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor for Economic Initiatives Dina Powell, and Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Initiatives Chris Liddell.
Cordish resigned in February 2018, saying that he never planned to stay with the administration for more than a year and that his policy role was complete.
In 2010, he married Margaret Katz in a Jewish ceremony at his home in Baltimore. His wife is a close friend of Ivanka Trump, who introduced her to Cordish, and for whom she would later work.
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