A proponent of affordable housing and a principal driver of Mayor de Blasio’s effort to create 100,000 jobs within ten years, James Patchett became President and CEO of NYCEDC in February 2017 after serving as Chief of Staff to Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen.
Before his transition to NYCEDC, Mr. Patchett was pivotal in securing many of the Mayor’s signature affordable housing achievements and was one of the de Blasio administration’s chief negotiators on major land use matters, including:
- The long-term preservation of six thousand affordable housing units at Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village and Harlem’s Riverton Houses – two of New York City’s most storied and important mixed-income communities;
- The successful passage in 2016 of Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, which requires for the first time through zoning, that a share of new housing be permanently affordable; and
- The $100 million sale by the Hudson River Park Trust of two-million-square-feet of air rights at Pier 40, which helped secure the financial future of Hudson River Park and facilitated the construction of five hundred new affordable homes.
As Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor, Mr. Patchett worked on some of the City's key economic development initiatives, which included:
- Constructing one of Brooklyn’s largest tech hubs with a $100 million investment in Building 77 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, which will create over 3,000 new jobs;
- Overhauling Citi Bike when the system was on the verge of failure by securing new ownership, infusion of new capital, and a promise to double the number of bikes on the road; and
- Modernizing the City’s food distribution system through a $150 million investment in the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center – home to over eight thousand jobs.
Prior to joining the office of the Deputy Mayor, Mr. Patchett served as Vice President of the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs where he helped finance a variety of real estate and economic development projects across the country. He previously worked as a consultant, assisting public and private organizations with economic development projects.
He currently serves on the board of the Prospect Park Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to sustaining Brooklyn’s most famous park.
Mr. Patchett holds a BA in Economics from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and young son.