The three appointments are the last under the new Adams administration. On January 30, 2022, Mayor Eric Adams announced his appointments to his administration’s administration and affordable housing policy team. The new appointees are Jessica Katz as Director of Housing; Adolfo Carrión Jr. as the new Commissioner of the Housing and Preservation Department (HPD); and Eric Enderlin, who will continue as President of the Housing Development Corporation (HDC). The three appointments were announced as Mayor Adams completes his first month in office.
Jessica Katz received her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Geography from McGill University and her Masters in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She held various positions with HPD from 2003 to 2009, including Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs Housing, Deputy Commissioner for Preservation Finances, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, and finally Associate Commissioner for New Construction. She oversaw the creation of suitable and affordable housing.
She left HPD in 2009 to serve as executive director of Lantern Group, an operator of nonprofit social service programs in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. She was until recently Executive Director of the Citizen Council for Housing and Urbanism (CHPC), a research and advocacy organization that addresses housing and planning issues in New York City. Some of his projects there included basement apartment conversions, resident decision-making at NYCHA, fair code enforcement, a new goal for NYC’s housing plan, and other initiatives.
As Director of Housing, she will oversee the Affordable Housing Strategy and housing agencies, including HPD, HDC, NYCHA, the Mayor’s Office for Tenant Protection and the Mayor’s Office for Housing Recovery Operations. She will report to First Deputy Mayor Lorraine Grillo.
Housing Director Katz said, “As a lifelong advocate for safe and affordable housing, I am grateful to Mayor Adams and incredibly honored to lead his housing program. From expanding our housing supply across the city to ensuring families have easier access to stable homes and finally fixing NYCHA with the voices of residents at the center of the conversation, there’s a lot to do. It is our responsibility to ensure that all New Yorkers have affordable housing, and I am ready to get to work, to fight to achieve this for each of our neighbors.
Adolfo Carrion Jr.
Adolfo Carrión Jr. received his Bachelor of Arts from King’s College and a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College. He was a member of the City Council from 1998 to 2001 and Borough President of the Bronx from 2002 to February 2009. He was then appointed Director of the Office of Urban Affairs at the White House in the Obama administration from 2009 to May 2010. He also served as a regional administrator in the New York office of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. During his tenure as Bronx Borough President, the borough saw increased investment in housing, commercial space, schools, and businesses, as well as major projects like the new Yankee Stadium.
Carrión founded Metro Futures LLC, a real estate development and consulting firm focused on the development of affordable housing and economic and mixed-use development projects.
Incoming HPD Commissioner Carrión said, “Thank you, Mayor Adams, for the opportunity to return to public service and work with you, the great team you have assembled and the dedicated public servants of HPD, so that we can build a city that works for all people. There is no greater responsibility we share than to build nurturing communities that provide families with an affordable and safe place to live and an opportunity to climb the economic ladder. My parents came from Puerto Rico in the 1950s and moved into a basement apartment in Williamsburg, then into NYCHA’s Jacob Riis Houses and HUD-assisted Haven Plaza on the Lower East Side, then, with the help an FHA mortgage, in our first home in the North Bronx. All of this was possible because our city and our country invested in us. Now we must do the same for this generation. We will work hard to create neighborhoods of opportunity, where families have a chance to progress.
Eric Enderlin earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy from Rutgers University. He has over 20 years of experience in public policy and affordable housing.
Enderlin was previously deputy director of asset management and private market operations for NYCHA, consultant in the economics department of the Louis Berger Group, and principal land use planner and mediator with the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing. He also served as Deputy Development Commissioner and Special Advisor to the HPD.
He has served as President of HDC since October 2016. HDC is the largest municipal housing finance agency in the United States.
HDC President Enderlin said, “I want to thank Mayor Adams for appointing me to lead the incredible team at HDC. We look forward to bringing our vast experience in innovative financing to help create more housing and preserve our city’s existing affordable and public housing stock. Safe, high-quality, affordable housing is essential to the success of our city, and I am extremely proud to be part of this team that will work tirelessly to ensure that every New Yorker has a stable place to call home.
In his appointees announcement, Mayor Adams reiterated his administration’s support for increasing the housing stock and reducing housing costs, including legalizing basement apartments, secondary suites and other small units; converting underutilized hotels and office buildings into affordable housing; and zoning areas around major transit hubs and robust infrastructure, in addition to creating more housing throughout the city.
Mayor Adams said: “I said from day one of my campaign that we were going to end the housing affordability crisis, and it is the team of extraordinary leaders who will do just that. This team has a clear mission: to create, preserve and maintain safe and affordable housing that will help build a more equitable city. I know they ‘Get Stuff Done’ for New York and will provide the accommodation that New Yorkers deserve.
Through: Veronique Rose (Veronica is a CityLaw Fellow and a graduate of New York Law School, Class of 2018.)