Senior Advisor

Former Director | Chairman
New York City Department of City Planning | New York City Planning Commission

With over 40 years of experience in public service and private sector development, Carl’s distinguished career is a testament to his commitment to building equitable, resilient, and economically-vibrant communities.

Carl Weisbrod is a national authority on city planning, affordable housing policy, urban development, and public-private real estate development. In his four decades of experience, Carl has brokered and led complex public-private partnerships, from both the public and private side, and has created innovative strategies to spur economic development. His record of visionary, creative, and successful urban development initiatives has made him an internationally sought after advisor.

Carl has served the City of New York as Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the New York City Department of City Planning, where he was a key architect of New York City’s ambitious, pioneering affordable housing program. He was also the founding President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.  Throughout his career, he has guided transformative urban initiatives.

Carl was a Partner at HR&A between 2011-2014, where he managed the successful rezoning of the Hudson Square area in Manhattan, which has transformed the neighborhood into a dynamic hub for creative industries and new housing, including up to 700 affordable units. Prior to that he was the President of Trinity Church’s Real Estate Division, one of New York’s major owner/managers of commercial real estate.

Carl led efforts to revitalize two of New York City’s most iconic neighborhoods – Times Square, from the late 1970’s through the early 1990’s, and Lower Manhattan, both pre- and post-9/11. His former positions also include: President of New York State’s 42nd Street Development Project; a Director of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation; Founding President of the Alliance for Downtown New York.

Carl is the former chairman of the New York State Health Foundation, a non-profit entity which funds innovative healthcare programs throughout New York State. He is also a former Trustee of the Ford Foundation and the Urban Land Institute, as well as a former full-time faculty member at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, where he served as Academic Chair of the Concentration in Global Real Estate.

Carl was the inaugural recipient of the 2017 John E. Zuccotti Public Service Award from the Real Estate Board of New York, which recognizes New Yorkers who have displayed exceptional accomplishments and service in the public’s interest. In 2011, Carl was recognized by the Center for an Urban Future as “one of New York’s most innovative economic development leaders over the past three decades” and, in 2002, Carl was honored by Crain’s New York Business as one of the “100 Most Influential Leaders in Business.”

In addition to his role as Senior Advisor at HR&A, Carl will also serve as Chair of the Trust for Governors Island and as a Senior Fellow at the Marron Institute of Urban Management at New York University.

Carl holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.

Chairman, Trust for Governors Island

Senior Fellow, Marron Institute of Urban Management