Vicki Been is responsible for leading the nation’s largest municipal housing agency and is charged with creating and implementing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Five Borough Housing Plan, a bold initiative to create or preserve 200,000 affordable homes and apartments over 10 years. Prior to her appointment as HPD Commissioner, Ms. Been was Director for NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, a nationally renowned academic research center devoted to the public policy aspects of land use, real estate and housing development. She also served as the Boxer Family Professor of Law at NYU School of Law and Affiliated Professor of Public Policy of the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Ms. Been’s scholarship at the Furman Center focused on the intersection of land use, urban policy and affordable housing and addressed such issues as how to build more resilient and inclusive communities, how zoning regulations shape development patterns, and the fairness and effectiveness of foreclosure responses such as mortgage modifications. She has done extensive research on the housing affected by Superstorm Sandy, the nexus between development and environmental justice, land use and housing policy reforms needed to promote racial and economic integration, and on a variety of affordable housing and land use policies, from inclusionary zoning to supportive housing developments.
Co-author of a widely used land use casebook, Land Use Controls, Commissioner Been has served on the boards of the Center for New York City Neighborhoods and the Municipal Art Society, chairing the program committees of both boards. She also has served on the boards of Pratt Center for Community Economic Development and the Next American City, and was a member of the New York City Council’s Workforce Housing Task Force and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Special Subcommittee on Community Benefit Agreements. Been is a 1983 graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar. She clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the Southern District of New York and Justice Harry Blackmun of the Supreme Court of the United States. She and her husband live in Manhattan and have two children.
Mr. Rodney was most recently Executive Vice President for Development at Omni New York LLC ("OMNI"), a real estate development company focusing on affordable housing. While at OMNI, Mr. Rodney was responsible for securing the acquisition and preservation of over 5,500 units of affordable housing in New York and Massachusetts with an aggregate transaction value of approximately $950 million. Prior to joining OMNI, Mr. Rodney was Director of Development at BFC Partners, also a New York City based real estate development company.
Before going to BFC, Mr. Rodney worked at the Corporation for over five years. He was hired in 2001 as a Project Manager in the Development Department, and in recognition of his qualifications and performance, he was promoted to Senior Project Manager, Assistant Vice President and then Vice President before leaving in 2006. While at the Corporation he structured the financing of affordable multi-family rental and homeownership developments in New York City as well as advised on housing policy initiatives.
Mr. Rodney holds a Masters of Urban Planning from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester.