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.
Nominated by Mayor Bill de Blasio to head the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), Gary D. Rodney’s appointment was approved by the Corporation’s Board of Directors on March 3, 2014.
As President of HDC, Mr. Rodney brings to the position a deep understanding of the affordable housing industry and its importance in fostering healthy and economically diverse communities. His extensive experience in affordable housing finance and development includes managing the acquisition, preservation, and development of multifamily and mixed-use properties, and securing over $2 billion in loan proceeds for those developments.
Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President for Development at Omni New York LLC, a real estate development company known for focusing on the preservation and development of affordable housing properties. While at Omni, Mr. Rodney was responsible for acquiring and preserving more than 5,500 units of affordable housing in New York and Massachusetts, including turning around some of the most troubled properties in the New York Metropolitan Area. Prior to joining Omni, Mr. Rodney was the Director of Development for BFC Partners, a New York City-based real estate development company that specializes in green, mixed-income and mixed-use developments in neighborhoods around the City.
His appointment to HDC President marks a return to the agency by Mr. Rodney: he first joined the Corporation in 2001 as a development project manager, rising by 2005 to Vice President for Development, responsible for supervising transactions worth more than $1 billion annually in tax-exempt and taxable bonds. HDC is one of the nation’s most active and successful Housing Finance Agencies and the only one devoted to serving a single municipality.
He received his B.A. from the University of Rochester and a Masters of Urban Planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.