Alicia Glen


Alicia Glen

Deputy Mayor - New York City

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen leads the administration’s efforts to grow and diversify New York City’s economy, invest in emerging industries across the five boroughs, build a new generation of affordable housing, and help New Yorkers secure good-paying jobs that can support a family.  With more than 40 City agencies or authorities under her purview, Glen’s portfolio includes: the Department of City Planning; the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development; the Economic Development Corporation; the Department of Consumer Affairs; the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment; the New York City Housing Authority: Small Business Services, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Recent examples of Glen’s work to expand New York’s economy and create higher paying jobs for New Yorkers, include: strategic investments of more than $200 million in the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Brooklyn Navy Yard innovation hubs; spearheading WENYC, an entrepreneurship initiative to equip women with the skills and resources they need to create and grow businesses; implementing Career Pathways, an overhaul of the $500 million workforce development system, to focus on an industry partnership model-  such as the nationally recognized Tech Talent Pipeline-where real-time feedback from businesses informs training for New Yorkers who can then enter productive, good-paying careers.

In 2015, Glen launched the $150 million Life Sciences Funding Initiative to position New York City as a worldwide center of biotechnology, and has targeted industries from fashion to food manufacturing with a range of investments to help them adapt to changes in technology and compete in a global economy. Infrastructure investments, such as the launch of New York’s first citywide ferry service and the installation of high speed broadband in emerging commercial corridors will further support the expansion of the innovation economy.

Glen is also leading the Administration’s efforts to address the challenges facing the City’s residential market, and directed the creation and is overseeing the implementation of Housing New York, the Administration’s plan to build or preserve 200,000 affordable apartments by 2025. She recently oversaw the development of NextGeneration NYCHA, a pioneering plan to bring the New York City Housing Authority back from the brink of financial insolvency, and deliver long-deserved repairs and upgrades to the city’s public housing, improving the quality of life for more than 400,000 low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.

Prior to joining the de Blasio Administration, Glen led the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, where she oversaw more than $3 billion in socially responsible real estate property and companies across the United States, and was responsible for structuring the first domestic Social Impact Bond. Glen has also worked as an attorney in the private and non-profit sectors, and was a senior official in the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development under Mayor Guiliani.

A life-long New Yorker, Ms. Glen is a graduate of Amherst College and Columbia Law School, and lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and two daughters.