HDC Board Chair and HPD Commissioner
Maria Torres-Springer is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the nation's largest municipal housing agency, and Chair of the New York City Housing Development Corporation. As Commissioner, Maria leads the charge to implement Mayor Bill de Blasio's Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan, a bold initiative to create or preserve 200,000 affordable homes and apartments in diverse, thriving neighborhoods.
Maria has a demonstrated record of expanding economic opportunity and building relationships between community, government, and private businesses to support neighborhood revitalization projects throughout New York City.
She previously served as President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). At NYCEDC, she created and advanced transformational projects, including the re-imagining of Spofford, a former juvenile detention center in the Bronx as a hub for the arts and affordable housing. Maria has been the administration's leader in developing the Downtown Far Rockaway Neighborhood Plan, which included more than $90 million in neighborhood investments and affordable housing to serve both the lowest-income New Yorkers and those in the middle class. She also has overseen the implementation of Citywide Ferry, the launch of LifeSci NYC, and the expansion of NYCEDC's Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises programs.
Prior to her appointment as President of NYCEDC, Maria served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS). At SBS, Maria spearheaded the administration's efforts to raise wages and expand skill-building in workforce placement programs, support women-owned and immigrant-owned businesses, streamline the regulatory environment for small businesses, and launch path-breaking initiatives like the Tech Talent Pipeline to grow the tech sector and prepare New Yorkers for 21st century jobs. Her approach to growth and inclusion also resulted in New York City's launch of Women Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC), a catalytic effort to expand the economic potential of women entrepreneurs across the five boroughs, with a focus on the specific needs of underserved women and families.
Before being appointed Commissioner of SBS, Maria served as the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at NYCEDC. From overseeing the development and implementation of more than 100 initiatives designed to support innovation and entrepreneurship across all industries, to helping lead the Applied Sciences NYC initiative-spurring new applied science and engineering campuses across New York City-Maria has continually proven her commitment to creating a dynamic city economy that works for all New Yorkers.
Maria also served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Rebuilding and as the Chief Operating Officer of Friends of the Highline. Maria received her bachelor's degree in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale University and a master's in public policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
President, New York City Housing Development Corporation
Eric Enderlin joined the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) as its President in October 2016, following a formal nomination by Mayor Bill de Blasio. As President of HDC, Mr. Enderlin is tasked with leading the nation’s largest municipal Housing Finance Agency towards furthering the Administration’s goals under Housing New York, the Mayor’s ten-year plan to create or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing.
Mr. Enderlin brings more than 20 years of experience in public policy and affordable housing to HDC. He most recently served as Deputy Commissioner for Development and Special Advisor at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), overseeing divisions including New Construction Finance, Preservation Finance, Housing Incentives, Property Disposition and Finance, Special Needs Housing, Building and Land Development Services (BLDS), Storm Recovery, and Credit and Underwriting. At HPD, Mr. Enderlin was instrumental to the historic levels of affordable housing production achieved under the Housing New York plan. Among other initiatives, Mr. Enderlin and his team secured the preservation of major affordable housing portfolios like Stuyvesant Town and Riverton Houses, expanded programs to support mixed-income and mixed-use projects, and developed new financing for the housing of seniors and the formerly homeless. In addition, Mr. Enderlin ensured that the Office of Development closely coordinated with other critical functions of the agency, including Neighborhood Strategies, Planning, Code Enforcement, and Asset Management.
Prior to joining HPD, Mr. Enderlin was Assistant Director for Asset Management and Private Market Operations at NYCHA; worked as a consultant with the Louis Berger Group in its Economics Department; and served as Principal Planner and land use mediator with the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (NJ COAH).
Mr. Enderlin holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Master of Science in urban planning and policy, both from Rutgers University. He currently resides in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village with his partner, David Parish.