Maria Torres-Springer is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the nation's largest municipal housing agency. As Commissioner, Maria leads the charge to implement Mayor Bill de Blasio's Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan, a bold initiative to create or preserve 200,000 affordable homes and apartments in diverse, thriving neighborhoods.
Maria has a demonstrated record of expanding economic opportunity and building relationships between community, government, and private businesses to support neighborhood revitalization projects throughout New York City.
She previously served as President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). At NYCEDC, she created and advanced transformational projects, including the re-imagining of Spofford, a former juvenile detention center in the Bronx as a hub for the arts and affordable housing. Maria has been the administration’s leader in developing the Downtown Far Rockaway Neighborhood Plan, which included more than $90 million in neighborhood investments and affordable housing to serve both the lowest-income New Yorkers and those in the middle class. She also has overseen the implementation of Citywide Ferry, the launch of LifeSci NYC, and the expansion of NYCEDC’s Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises programs.
Prior to her appointment as President of NYCEDC, Maria served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS). At SBS, Maria spearheaded the administration’s efforts to raise wages and expand skill-building in workforce placement programs, support women-owned and immigrant-owned businesses, streamline the regulatory environment for small businesses, and launch path-breaking initiatives like the Tech Talent Pipeline to grow the tech sector and prepare New Yorkers for 21st century jobs. Her approach to growth and inclusion also resulted in New York City's launch of Women Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC), a catalytic effort to expand the economic potential of women entrepreneurs across the five boroughs, with a focus on the specific needs of underserved women and families.
Before being appointed Commissioner of SBS, Maria served as the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at NYCEDC. From overseeing the development and implementation of more than 100 initiatives designed to support innovation and entrepreneurship across all industries, to helping lead the Applied Sciences NYC initiative—spurring new applied science and engineering campuses across New York City—Maria has continually proven her commitment to creating a dynamic city economy that works for all New Yorkers.
Maria also served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Rebuilding and as the Chief Operating Officer of Friends of the Highline. Maria received her bachelor's degree in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale University and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
Don Shacknai oversees Enforcement and Neighborhood Services, Asset and Property Management, Financial Management, Performance Analysis, and Technology and Strategic Development. Among other key initiatives, he coordinates and prioritizes HPD's various IT initiatives, oversees budget, and works with Enforcement and Neighborhood Services and Asset and Property Management to help meet the housing quality and preservation goals of the Housing New York plan.
Shacknai comes to HPD directly from the Fire Department, where he served in various leadership roles for 12 years, including most recently as the First Deputy Fire Commissioner. In this role, he was the primary management and policy advisor to the Fire Commissioner, and directly managed all Department Strategic Planning, Compliance, Medical, and External Affairs activities. In addition, he served as General Counsel for the FDNY, overseeing Legal Counsel, Litigation, Investigative, and Disciplinary functions. Among Don's many accomplishments, he served as one of the key civilian executives that led the rebuilding of the FDNY after 9/11. In addition, he oversaw the FDNY's ten-year diversity and inclusion initiative, increasing firefighter applications by people of color to 49.5% from under 20%. Don also led the agency's inter-disciplinary team that developed the first strategic plan for the FDNY and led the Department's internal governance committee on a $25 million technology project, creating the first risk-based fire inspection system in the nation. He joined the FDNY in 2002 as Deputy Commissioner for Intergovernmental Affairs and Management Initiatives, and then became Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs/General Counsel in 2007. Before coming to the FDNY, Shacknai served as Deputy General Counsel for the New York City Administration for Children's Services and as a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Shacknai graduated from Bucknell University and Cornell Law School.
Lydon Sleeper is HPD's Chief of Staff. He works with the Commissioner to identify, develop, and communicate agency priority initiatives and policies, and ensures that they are successfully implemented in close partnership with the senior team and their respective divisions. He also serves as a critical liaison between the agency and City hall on priority matters, including meeting the ambitious goals of the Mayor's Housing New York plan.
Lydon previously served as Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he led the government and community relations team and oversaw the external facing strategies of administration priorities like NYC Ferry, the Brooklyn Queens Connector and a wide range of development projects throughout the city. Lydon started his career working in Queens for a Member of Congress and then as Chief of Staff to a City Council Member. After serving as Deputy Advocate to then Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, in 2014, Lydon joined the Department of Small Business Services where he coordinated the agency's intergovernmental work and advised on a wide range of policy issues. A native New Yorker, he graduated from Xavier High School in Manhattan and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin. He lives in Queens with his wife and two young children.
Matt Murphy is the Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Policy and Strategy, and is responsible for leading the development of strategies to advance HPD's housing policy and objectives and overseeing initiatives to help achieve agency goals and improve operations. Matt directly oversees three divisions: Strategic Planning, Research and Evaluation, and Economic Opportunity and Regulatory Compliance.
Matt came to HPD as Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning in 2015 after having served as a Senior Project Manager and Policy Advisor at HDC since 2011. He has played a central role in many of the City's signature achievements, including the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program, the reform of 421-a, and the new Certification of No Harassment policy, among others. He holds a Masters of Urban Planning from NYU and an undergraduate degree from DePaul University.
Leila Bozorg is the Deputy Commissioner for Neighborhood Strategies, the Office charged with ensuring that HPD’s development and preservation efforts are guided by meaningful community engagement. In this role, Leila leads the work of the agency’s Planning and Predevelopment and Neighborhood Development and Stabilization teams, which work to ensure that HPD investments contribute to broad community objectives and strengthen the social, economic, and physical health of neighborhoods, anchored by affordable housing.
Previously, Leila served as HPD’s Chief of Staff, working on the development and successful implementation of some of the agency’s highest priority policies and programs, from homelessness initiatives to neighborhood planning, marketing policies, anti-harassment initiatives, and our fair housing work. Leila first came to HPD in 2014 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington DC, where she worked on a range of urban policy initiatives and was an integral part of the team that developed and launched the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), the Obama Administration’s signature program to preserve public and other at-risk affordable housing programs. Leila also spent a year working on a livelihood improvement program within informal settlements in Ahmedabad, India as a William J. Clinton Fellow, and she spent three years in San Francisco working with the Global Philanthropy Forum at the World Affairs Council of Northern California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government Studies from Wesleyan University and a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Molly Park oversees HPD's Office of Development, with divisions including New Construction, Preservation Finance, Housing Incentives, Preservation Disposition Finance, Supportive Housing, Building and Land Development Services (BLDS), Storm Recovery, and Credit and Underwriting. Among other initiatives, she has primary responsibility for the housing production goals of the Housing New York Plan and related pre-development work. In addition, Park ensures that the Office of Development is closely coordinated with other critical functions of the Agency, including Neighborhood Strategies, Planning, Code Enforcement, and Asset Management.
Prior to this role, Park was the Chief Operating Officer of Settlement Housing Fund, where she has expanded her affordable housing expertise by overseeing Settlement's development activity, supervising proposal submissions, underwriting, coordination with funders and other members of the development team, and land use approvals. From 2010 to 2014, Park served as HPD's Deputy Commissioner of Budget, Fiscal, and Performance Management. A graduate of Amherst College, Park holds a Master's in Public Policy from the university of California - Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy.
Matt Shafit joined HPD as a Deputy General Counsel in 1986 and became General Counsel in 1995. Prior to joining HPD, he was a real estate and land use attorney in private practice. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and Harvard Law School.
Anne-Marie A. Hendrickson leads the Office of Asset and Property Management, which was created to enhance the agency's overall preservation capacity and more effectively manage the expanded portfolio of affordable properties, including oversight of the Mitchell-Lama Program. In addition, she administers the agency's emergency housing program that provides sheltering and relocation services to families that have been displaced due to City-issued vacate orders.
Prior to this, Hendrickson was the Associate Commissioner of the Division of Management and Disposition, where she assumed responsibility of the management and future direction for all City-owned inventory. She has held various positions at the agency, including the Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Alternative Management Programs and Director of the Neighborhood Redevelopment Program. She is a graduate of the City College of New York.
As HPD's Chief Information Officer, Anthony Thomas has introduced processes and disciplines that foster quality and timeliness of technology solutions, including process automation for the enforcement of New York's housing code, decision support for building and preserving affordable housing, and Web access to opportunities for New Yorkers to obtain affordable housing.
Prior to joining New York City government, Thomas was the chief technology officer and a key decision maker at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, the largest health care management company in New Jersey. He has established technology strategies and architectures at other respected brands in the financial, service, and manufacturing industries, including TIAA-CREF, American Express, and DuPont. He holds an M.S. in physics from the University of Maryland.
Eva Trimble oversees HPD’s Budget, Fiscal, and Tenant Resources divisions. These divisions are combined to coordinate and maximize the allocation of resources – whether that is funding or rental subsidies – across the agency. In this capacity, she advises all parts of the agency on how to improve efficiency and create funding opportunities to support the agency's mission. The Budget and Fiscal divisions are critical partners in ensuring that funding is secured and available to support the growing production of new and preserved affordable housing. In leading the Tenant Resources team, Trimble encouraged the team to redefine how HPD serves its customers, which include subsidized tenants and landlords. Managing innovatively, the team reduced wait times at HPD’s
Prior to joining HPD, Trimble spent five years managing the budget at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, and before then she was a senior advisor to former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Trimble was also a Coro Leadership NY Fellow in 2010. She received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.P.A from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Trimble lives in Washington Heights with her husband and two daughters.