Constance J. Milstein
Founding Blue Star Families Board Member Emeritus
Principal and Co-Founder of Ogden CAP Properties, LLC
Co-Founder, Dog Tag Bakery
Constance J. Milstein is an attorney and co-founder of Ogden CAP Properties, LLC – a premier real estate, hotel, and property development and management firm. As an Ogden CAP principal, she assists in guiding the company’s operations in New York and Washington, DC including directing the elegant reconstruction of Washington D.C.’s historic Jefferson Hotel.
Milstein translates her entrepreneurial skills and success into creating innovative and sustainable philanthropic projects. Her devotion to public-spirited causes such as job creation and education, medical research, the arts, and supporting veterans of the US Armed Forces and their families is widely recognized.
From founding innovative start-ups to funding policy solutions, Milstein dedicates her leadership to solving some our nation’s most persistent problems affecting military service men and women and their families. A founding Board member of Blue Star Families (BSF), Milstein has been instrumental in forging extraordinary partnerships to support dynamic new programs and resources, annually serving 1.5 million active duty, guard and reserve, and recovering and transitioning service members and their families with 50 chapters at home and overseas. Her collaborative support continues to help propel Blue Star Families as the fastest and largest growing military family engagement nonprofit in the country, and build on its growing reputation a proactive leader in understanding the current needs and priorities of military families and service members; particularly through BSF’s highly regarded Military Family Lifestyle Survey – an preeminent resource used by Department of Defense, the White House, Congress, nonprofits, think-tanks, and media to understand the fluctuating needs of the military connected community.
In 2014, she co-founded Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown, a unique social enterprise that creates a vibrant business while providing critical education and training for wounded veterans and their spouses seeking to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality. The Bakery serves a vehicle for veterans completing an innovative six-month training program and earning a certificate of Business Administration from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies to put their newly acquired skills into practice.
By facilitating a business rotation through the state of the art bakery, kitchen, and classroom space, fellows have a chance to learn every aspect of a small business including management, product creation, customer service, marketing, and online sales distribution.
Milstein is a patron of the arts, sciences, and education, and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra; as a Board member of Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.; and as a Trustee of the Washington National Opera. Milstein also sits on the Board of CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy), a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for epilepsy. In addition she is the driving force behind the creation of the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center, at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where Milstein has been a Trustee since 2000.
Milstein is Board Member Emeritus of Refugees International and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy. She is a Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI), and helped launch Medical Missions for Children.
Milstein graduated from New York University, where she currently serves as a Trustee and in 2010 received the Albert Gallatin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Society. Milstein also earned a J.D. cum laude from North Carolina Central University Law School, where she was a comment editor of the law journal. Milstein, a proud mother and grandmother, resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband.