RuthAnne Visnauskas was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development in September, 2013. Prior to taking on this role, she was HPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Development, and was responsible for overseeing the annual housing production goals of Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP) to finance the creation and preservation of 165,000 units of affordable housing by the end of the 2014 fiscal year.
Ms. Visnauskas began working at HPD in 2006, initially serving as Executive Director of Large Scale Planning before being promoted in 2008 to Assistant Commissioner for New Construction Finance where she led several agency initiatives including programs to develop middle-income housing. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Commissioner she served as Associate Commissioner for Preservation with a focus on creating financing strategies and programs to aid in the acquisition and rehabilitation of distressed multifamily properties throughout the City.
Prior to joining HPD, Ms. Visnauskas was the Director of Housing for Clinton Housing Development Company. She received a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Ms. Visnauskas lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.
MARC JAHR was appointed President of the New York City Housing Development Corporation (“HDC”) in December, 2007.
Prior to joining the Corporation, Mr. Jahr was Citi Community Capital’s New York Metropolitan Area Market Director. At Citibank, he supervised its community development real estate lending group and was responsible for its affordable rental housing and home ownership lending programs in the metropolitan New York area.
In 2007, his group originated over $900MM in loans and letters of credit. Before joining Citibank, Mr. Jahr held various senior positions at Local Initiatives Support Corporation including New York Equity Fund Manager, New York City Program Director and Program Vice President.
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