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Fred Harris

Portrait of Fred HarrisFrederick S. Harris was appointed Executive Vice President for Development for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in February 2012. He is charged with overseeing the Authority’s initiative to increase the supply of affordable housing, reflecting the importance that NYCHA places on the development of mixed-use and mixed-income housing to meet the City’s needs. Proceeds from the development on land owned by the Authority will be reinvested to preserve the City’s public housing.

Mr. Harris served most recently as Senior Vice President for Development for AvalonBay Communities, Inc., where he oversaw the development of 5,330 apartments with a total cost of $1.89 billion. He has also served as Vice President of The Trotwood Corporation in New York, where he was the General Managing Partner of Citylights, the first 522-unit apartment building built in the Queens West development. As Founder and former Director of the not-for-profit National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (NURCHA) in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Harris accelerated the production of housing for the poor through the use of financial guarantees and targeted equity investments.

Mr. Harris holds a Master of Science in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Polytechnic University and a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.