Jeanne Lutfy brings to the Landmarks Preservation Commission a career that has spanned the public, private and non-profit sectors, with deep experience in real estate development (public and private), marketing and design. Jeanne has actively engaged throughout her career in efforts to enhance the physical, economic and cultural landscape of New York City. Currently with Halstead Property, Jeanne has been able to tap into her professional expertise, her knowledge of the city’s neighborhoods, her understanding of government, and her love of design and architecture to help her clients achieve their goals.
Jeanne began her career at the NYC Economic Development Corporation during the Koch and Dinkins administrations, where as vice president marketing and corporate communications, she worked on major city-sponsored projects designed to retain and expand the city’s commercial base, while protecting its industrial uses. These included the conversion of Cass Gilbert’s Brooklyn Army Terminal for light industry; the creation of new business districts in the boroughs outside of Manhattan, such as MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn, Long Island City and Staten Island Corporate Park; as well as repositioning the South Street Seaport and promoting the Times Square redevelopment. After a decade of service, Jeanne moved from EDC to the private sector to take on senior positions at both The Greater NY Savings Bank and Burson Marsteller, before returning again to economic development arena. As President of the BAM Local Development Corporation, Jeanne spearheaded the planning and development of the 16-acre BAM Cultural District project, where she worked with a diverse constituent base to transform vacant city-owned properties adjacent to the Brooklyn Academy of Music into an innovative district with affordable space for the city’s nonprofit arts groups, mixed-income housing, pubic open space and amenities.
Currently, Jeanne continues to support the city’s arts community as Chair of the Board of Issue Project Room, one of the city’s foremost presenters of experimental and avant-garde music. In this capacity, she has been guiding the renovation of ISSUE’s performance space in the historic McKim Mead & White-designed 110 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn. A native New Yorker with an intimate knowledge of and great love for brownstone Brooklyn, Jeanne has also served for many years as a Director of the Co-op Board of the historic Rosario Candela building on Grand Army Plaza in the newly expanded Park Slope Historic District.