Alicia Glen: Infrastructure & Policy’s Impact on Housing Development

The largest housing plan in the nation (“Housing New York”) owes its existence to Alicia Glen. During her tenure as Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, 125,000 affordable homes were created, representing the largest amount of affordable housing creation in the history of the country.

Now as the CEO of the private development firm MSquared, how is Alicia thinking about NYC’s current housing goals, the passing of 485X, and new infrastructure and rail plans influencing her firm’s strategies towards creating affordable, inclusive, and sustainable housing today.

Hear how these conditions and more are influencing private developers from a policy maker turned development CEO in this exclusive, live interview in TRD’s Hudson Yards Newsroom.

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About Alicia Glen

Founder & Managing Principal, MSquared, former NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, Co-Chair, Gateway Development Commission

Alicia Glen is the Founder and Managing Principal of MSquared, a national real estate impact investing and development platform focused on promoting affordability, sustainability and inclusion in its projects and the industry as a whole. As a nationally recognized expert in housing policy, urban development, infrastructure finance, and job creation, Alicia combines her vast experience in both the public and private sectors to bring innovative solutions to the housing industry.

From 2014 to 2019, Alicia served as New York City Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development and was the architect of “Housing New York” – the largest housing plan in the nation. She also created “NYCHA 2.0,” a stabilization and modernization plan to generate $24 billion in funds for renovations and essential capital repairs across NYCHA’s portfolio.

In addition to her current role managing MSquared, Alicia is the Co-Chair of The Gateway Development Commission, the agency charged with delivering the largest infrastructure project in the country, and is the Chair of the Trust for Governors Island. She also serves as a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission.

Alicia received a B.A. from Amherst College and a law degree from Columbia University.

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