Adolfo Carrión Jr. is the HPD Commissioner. Carrión has spent his professional career working to build and improve historically marginalized communities in the Bronx, in other areas of New York City, and around the country. Before starting Metro Futures, Carrión served as regional administrator for Region II of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, deputy assistant to President Barack Obama, and director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs. Carrión’s work resulted in the establishment of a White House Urban Policy Working Group and the first interagency review in 30 years of federal government policy and funding in U.S. urban and metropolitan areas. Prior to his tenure in the federal government, Carrión served as Bronx Borough President and as a member of the New York City Council. His work as Borough President ushered in a new era of building and growth in the Bronx that increased investment in housing, schools, millions of square feet of commercial space, the new Yankee Stadium, and new businesses. Carrión also served as president of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), is an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellows alumnus, and has served on numerous boards for non-profit and government entities. He also served as executive vice president of Stagg Group, a housing development and management firm, and senior advisor for Corporate Development to the CSA Group, the largest Hispanic-owned architecture and engineering firm in the U.S.
Prior to joining HPD, Carrión was the CEO and founder of Metro Futures LLC, a real estate development and consulting firm, whose focus is the development of affordable housing, mixed-use and economic development projects, and strategic planning in the New York City Metro Area. Carrión received his Bachelor of Arts from the King’s College and a Master’s in Urban Planning from Hunter College.
Ahmed Tigani is HPD's First Deputy Commissioner and oversees HPD's Office of Neighborhood Strategies and Division of Tenant Resources, in addition to the Office of Financial Management, and the Economic Opportunity and Regulatory Compliance, Engineering Audit, Human Resources, and General Services Divisions. Ahmed will continue efforts to foster and strenthen synergies between these critically important areas and all the work of the agency.
An experienced urban planner and policy manager, Ahmed first joined HPD as the Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Neighborhood Strategies. Prior to joining HPD, Ahmed most recently served as Chief of Staff to the Commissioner for the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB). Before joining DOB, Ahmed was Senior Advisor for Housing, Economic Development, and Labor in the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Ahmed came to the Administration from the Office of the Manhattan Borough President, first as Community Development Officer and then as Assistant Director of Land Use, Planning and Development, organizing and helping communities develop planning processes, managing various working groups focused on specific policy issues and helping to shape the Office’s positions on a range of discretionary land use projects. He also served as Director of Housing Policy and Advocacy and then Legislative Director for the Office of NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal. Ahmed started his career in City government as Director of Donations for Materials for the Arts at the Department of Cultural Affairs. Ahmed holds a BA and Master of Urban Planning from Hunter College.
George Sarkissian is the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commissioner for External Affairs. In addition to coordinating the myriad policy initiatives across HPD teams, serving as the primary liaison with City Hall, stakeholders, and other agencies, George leads HPD’s external affairs efforts, including both government affairs and communications.
Prior to coming to HPD, George worked for the NYC Council’s Land Use Division where he advised and supported Council Members as they reviewed land use applications, including HPD-sponsored affordable housing projects. Working with community stakeholders, he led a team that developed a neighborhood-based plan in East Harlem, which resulted in a neighborhood rezoning and important community investments. He also led the Council teams that worked on the Inwood Rezoning, the Borough-Based Jails plan that will lead to the closure of Rikers Island, as well as the development of legislation to require racial equity reports for certain land use applications.
Before his work at the Council, George served as the District Manager of Community Board 11 in East Harlem. George received a Master of Science from the New School University with a focus in Urban Policy Analysis and Management.
Brendan McLaughlin is the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Strategy, an office that cuts across traditional areas of responsibility within HPD’s organizational structure to support and strengthen the work of the agency’s various divisions holistically, in close collaboration with the Commissioner’s Office. Brendan will oversee the divisions of Strategic Operations and Analytics, Housing Policy, and Credit and Underwriting
Brendan joined HPD as a Senior Underwriter in 2015, and most recently has served as Executive Director of Credit & Special Underwriting in the Office of Development. Brendan serves as the Chair of HPD’s Credit Committee and represents the agency on the New York City Acquisition Loan Fund and Down Payment Assistance Credit Committees. Previously, Brendan served as a Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and prior to that was an Assistant Vice President of Investor Relations at Citigroup. He started his career as an Equity Research Analyst at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup. Brendan received his undergraduate degree in Finance from James Madison University and holds a M.Sc. in Real Estate Development from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP). Brendan also currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at both Columbia GSAPP and the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.
Nick Lundgren is the agency's General Counsel and oversees the Office of Legal Affairs, which provides legal support services to the entire agency. Nick brings over twenty years of experience in the government, private and non-profit sectors. Most recently, he has been serving as the Deputy Commissioner of the State of Connecticut's Department of Housing where he oversaw the agency's operations, financial assistance and other programs, policies and initiatives to create and preserve affordable housing and reduce and end homelessness statewide. During his tenure, DOH invested over $1 billion in affordable housing and community development projects and created or preserved over 20,000 homes.
Prior to joining DOH in 2012, Nick served as Senior Counsel at the New York City Economic Development Corporation where he worked on behalf of the City on a broad array of projects, including public/private mixed-used projects, infrastructure projects, investment funds, green initiatives and brownfield redevelopment. Nick has also been in private practice in real estate finance and development, most recently in the Hartford office of Robinson & Cole LLP. Earlier in his career, at the Community Law Office of the Legal Aid Society of New York, he represented small businesses, non-profits and housing cooperatives. Nick earned his B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
AnnMarie Santiago has served as Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Enforcement and Neighborhood Services (ENS) at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) since 2018. AnnMarie oversees a staff of approximately 1,000 employees responsible for assuring compliance with the New York City Housing Maintenance Code and the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law to promote quality housing for New Yorkers. Her Office conducts inspections and emergency repairs, initiates litigation in Housing Court related to housing maintenance code violations and provides outreach and information to property owners and tenants regarding rights and responsibilities related to housing maintenance issues.
AnnMarie received her Bachelor’s Degree from New York University and her Masters in Management and Urban Policy from the New School. She started her career in City government in 1994 as an Urban Fellow working for the Mayor’s Office. She joined HPD in 1996 and has served in a variety of capacities related to housing code enforcement. She was promoted to Associate Commissioner in 2012 and to Assistant Deputy Commissioner in 2015, and received the Sloan Public Service Award in 2017.
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, Anne-Marie 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.
Prashant Thakker is HPD's Chief Information Officer and leads HPD Tech, which fosters quality technology solutions to empower decision makers with access to complete and accurate data on building, neighborhood, and market conditions. The Office aims to improve HPD's service to New Yorkers by facilitating public access to key agency functions and data.
Before joining HPD in 2021, Prashant served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the NYC Department of Social Services (DSS), managing most of DSS’ IT departments, a staff of 900+, and more than 500 vendor contracts valued at more than $150 million. A seasoned IT executive, Prashant first joined the New York City public sector in 1999 at NYC’s Human Resources Administration (HRA). Since then, he has earned a reputation for his ability to deliver mission-critical projects on time and within budget. He is a graduate of the University of Bombay, India.