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A 1962 alumnus of American University, Kogod married into the Charles E. Smith family when he wed Arlene Smith, and began to work alongside her brother Robert H. Smith and father Charles E. Smith. Kogod and Smith are best known for spearheading the development of Crystal City in northern Virginia.
During his time with the Smith companies, Kogod served as the co-Chairman and co-Chief Executive Officer for Charles E. Smith Co. Commercial Realty L.P. and Charles E. Smith Residential Realty, Inc. Having amassed a large fortune, Kogod and his wife became generous philanthropists in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Their contributions have benefited a number of educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations and foundations, and earned Kogod a seat on many of their boards. Kogod sits on the Board of Trustees of Vornado Realty Trust and the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution and the Board of Directors of District of Columbia College Access Program, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the Island Foundation on Mount Desert Island, Maine.
Kogod is also heavily involved in Jewish and Israel work, leading the Shalom Hartman Institute, developing the Israeli embassy, and maintaining membership on the International Board of Governors of Hillel.
Robert P. Kogod previously served as a "Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Defense".
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