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Joseph Douek, Commissioner

Mr. Joseph Douek was born, raised and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.  He is the Chief Executive Officer of Willoughby’s. Established in 1898, Willoughby’s is NYC’s oldest photographic retailer.

Mr. Douek took control of Willoughby’s in 1994 at age 24.

From 1990-1994 Mr. Douek founded and ran a wholesale photographic company selling camera equipment to retailers throughout the USA.

In 2001, Mr. Douek was nominated by then NY City Council Speaker, The Honorable Peter Vallone to serve as Brooklyn’s representative to the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Board of Directors. Shortly thereafter, The Honorable Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appointed Mr. Douek to that position. From 2001 through August 2012 Mr. Douek served as an EDC Board Member.

In addition to serving as an appointed official in the capacity of a NYC Economic Development Corporation Board Member, in February 2002 Mr. Douek was nominated by Brooklyn Borough President, The Honorable Marty Markowitz to serve as the Brooklyn representative to the NYC Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Board of Directors and he was formally appointed by The Honorable Mayor Michael Bloomberg shortly thereafter.

Mr. Douek served as an IDA Board Member until August, 2012 and has initiated efforts to promote economic development in Brooklyn and all the five Boroughs of NYC.

Mr. Douek currently serves on the Board of Trustees for several non for profit entities including The Brooklyn Public Library, one of the largest library systems in the world and The Jewish Children’s Museum.