Jay H. Shah
Chief Executive Officer,
Hersha Hospitality Trust
Jay H. Shah is Hersha Hospitality Trust's Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Shah is involved in all areas of the business with a particular emphasis on strategic relationships, capital transactions, asset management, and acquisitions.
Prior to Hersha, Mr. Shah formed Shah & Byler, LLP, a law firm specializing in real estate and construction and was also a consultant at the former Coopers & Lybrand LLP, now PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Shah served as a legislative assistant to the late Senator John Heinz on Capitol Hill and has also worked with the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.
Mr. Shah received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, a Master’s degree from the Temple University’s Fox School of Business, and a Law degree from Temple University School of Law.
Mr. Shah serves on the Board of Trustees of The Episcopal Academy and Cornell University Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Hotel Administration. He is also a member of the Dean’s Council for Temple University’s Fox School of Business, Urban Land Institute’s Hotel Development Council, American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and President’s Leadership Council for Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health.