Jonathan Gouveia

Since 2019, Jonathan Gouveia, NYCHA’s Executive Vice President for Real Estate Development, has been leading the efforts to generate more than $16 billion in capital investment for the Authority’s portfolio – home to nearly 400,000 New Yorkers – while engaging residents, MWBEs, and community development organizations as partners in this vital work and improving operations, customer service, and property management for residents. To date, Jonathan and his team have completed eight public-partnerships that will bring nearly $2 billion in comprehensive repairs and upgrades to about 10,000 apartments, and another nearly 12,000 apartments are currently in the pipeline to receive $2.5 billion in capital investment. He and his team have also completed “air rights” transfers that have so far generated $28 million for repairs of NYCHA buildings. 

Before joining NYCHA, Jonathan served in various roles at the not-for-profit New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for over a dozen years. Most recently, as Director for the Brooklyn-Queens Connector, he led the planning efforts for this transformative light rail system, which will bring major benefits to the area’s transportation and housing and job markets while promoting environmental resiliency. As Head of the Strategic Investments Group at EDC, he brought $5 billion in investment to the city and helped to retain or create 20,000 jobs. As a Vice President and Project Manager at EDC, he was involved with over $600 million in major development projects, such as the acquisition of land for the Willets Point redevelopment project in Queens; the development of the Gotham Center in Long Island City; the expansions of Kaufman Astoria Studios and the Museum of the Moving Image; a deal that brought retail space to an underserved community in Morrisania, Bronx; and financial analyses of various urban renewal projects in Jamaica and Rockaway, Queens. 

Jonathan also worked in the Global Real Estate and Operations team of Bloomberg LP and for Brookfield Residential. He earned a bachelor’s in urban and economic geography and a master’s in planning, urban planning, and real estate development – both from the University of Toronto – and a professional certificate in real estate finance and development from MIT.