Cody Allen Danks Burke

Cody Allen Danks Burke

  • Visiting Professor of Practice
  • Acting Director for the Baker Program in Real Estate

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Faculty Expertise

  • Real Estate Transactions and Deal Structuring
  • Real Estate Private Equity
  • Investment Management


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management


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Cody A. Danks Burke is the Acting Director of the Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate and a Visiting Professor of the Practice in the Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate. His teaching is focused on real estate transactions and deal structuring, as well as equity and debt investing in real estate.

In addition to his academic responsibilities, Cody is a Managing Director of The Agnew Company, a West Coast family office where he originates, underwrites, and manages the company’s real estate investments. He also serves as a Strategic Advisor to Velocis, a Dallas-based real estate private equity firm.

Previously, Cody was a Senior Investment Officer at Cornell University’s Investment Office where he managed a $1.5 billion portfolio of endowment investments in real estate and natural resources from 2006 to 2020.

Prior to completing his M.B.A. at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management in 2006, Cody was an Associate at the Partnership Fund for New York City, a private debt and equity fund that makes investments in New York City-based businesses. He was Special Assistant to the President of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and he also served as Press Secretary and later Deputy Chief of Staff in the Washington, DC offices of Colorado Congressman David Skaggs and his successor Senator Mark Udall.

He earned a B.A. in International Affairs with a focus on Latin American Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, 2006
  • BA University of Colorado At Boulder, 1995