2020 Real Estate Power 100 Reception

April 02, 2020  
The FlatNYC
23 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10010
6:30PM - 8:30PM
Event Description


Vicki Been
Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development
Deputy Mayor Vicki Been leads the administration’s efforts to grow and diversify New York City's economy, invest in emerging industries across the five boroughs, build a new generation of affordable housing, and help New Yorkers secure good-paying jobs. The Deputy Mayor oversees and coordinates the operations of over 20 agencies, offices and affiliated entities. Been has extensive experience fighting to make New York a more affordable and equitable city. As HPD Commissioner from 2014 to 2017, Been helped craft Housing New York, the Mayor’s plan to tackle the affordability crisis and create and preserve 300,000 affordable homes by 2026. She formerly served as the Director of NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, the Boxer Family Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, and an Affiliated Professor of Public Policy of the NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Been graduated from Colorado State University and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Melanie La Rocca
Commissioner, New York City Department of Buildings
As Commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings, Melanie La Rocca regulates and promotes the safe and lawful use of nearly 1.1 million buildings and more than 45,000 active construction sites. As Commissioner, Melanie is furthering the agency’s efforts to create a culture of safety on construction sites and enforce laws to protect all New York City residents, workers, and visitors. Under Commissioner La Rocca’s leadership, the agency is redoubling its modernization efforts to improve response times, bring clarity and consistency to agency operations, and insist on the highest standards of integrity, both in the construction industry and within the Department.Previously, Commissioner La Rocca was Vice President of Development and External Affairs at the School Construction Authority(SCA), where she oversaw the Authority’s Real Estate Group and worked with communities throughout the city to create new schools for the city’s children. As part of this work, Melanie played a key role in implementing Mayor de Blasio’s Universal Pre-K program. Prior to joining SCA, Commissioner La Rocca served as Chief of Staff to Christine C. Quinn, former Speaker of the New York City Council, and was a member of Queens Community Board 1. She received her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University.Commissioner La Rocca is a native New Yorker and a lifelong Queens resident.
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