Alan I. Casden, whose company, Casden Properties Inc. of Beverly Hills, is one of the nation’s largest developers of residential properties, has been elected to the University of Southern California board of trustees.
Casden joins a board responsible for stewardship of a university distinguished by highly competitive admission standards and innovative public service programs. USC is a member of the Association of American Universities, an organization composed of the nation’s most elite research universities.
In announcing Casden’s election, USC President Steven B. Sample said: “Alan Casden is a 1968 cum laude graduate of USC whose life has been marked by high achievement. His career is what many USC students strive to emulate. We want our students to be multi-faceted, to have good solid careers, and also to serve their communities well. That is what Alan has done, and we are most fortunate that he will join us.”
While acquiring or developing approximately 90,000 residential units with aggregate costs approaching $5 billion, Casden has frequently been honored for excellence in building and design. Among his award-winning projects are L.A.’s Malibu Canyon and HillCrest Apartments and Simi Valley’s Indian Hills Estates, a community of 800 single-family homes. His Wilshire Doheny Office Building, where his firm is headquartered, has been similarly honored.
Casden’s humanitarian accomplishments have brought him honors from government and civic organizations, and from the Jewish community in Los Angeles and in Israel. Among these honors are the Los Angeles County “Leadership Award” for his efforts in pioneering low-income housing and the City of Los Angeles “Beautification Award.” He was named a “Friend of Jerusalem” by its mayor for service to the International Committee for the Jerusalem 3000 celebration.
Casden is a member of the Beverly Hills Construction Project advisory committee, advisory board of the National Multi-Family Housing Conference, Urban Land Institute and the California Senate Advisory Commission on Cost Control in State Government.
He is co-chair of the board of trustees of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international human rights agency with an American constituency of 450,000 families, and he was the driving force behind the center’s Museum of Tolerance, which opened in Los Angeles in 1993. He is co-chair of the board of Yeshiva University, Los Angeles, and was a member of the board of governors of Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
A Southern California native, Casden is on the visiting committee of the USC Marshall School of Business and has served on the board of advisors of the USC School of Accounting, which honored him in 1998 with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.