David Quart, AICP, is the Northeast Regional Real Estate Market Leader at VHB, a national planning, engineering, and design firm with clients in the real estate, transportation, local government, institutional, and energy markets. David leads the firm’s integrated real estate services practice to support new development, redevelopment, land acquisition, permitting compliance, and transportation improvements. As part of this growing company, he is leading and expanding VHB’s integrated real estate services practice throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Previously, David spent nearly 14 years in NYC government, most recently as the Deputy Commissioner for Strategy, Research, and Communications and Chief of Staff to the Commissioner at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. David was instrumental in helping to create the Housing New York plan and in the design and implementation of Mandatory Inclusionary Housing. In his previous role as Sr. Vice President of Development at NYC Economic Development Corporation, he advanced and delivered transformational projects that strengthened the city’s affordable housing stock and central business districts and increased public access to the waterfront. David was instrumental in the success of the community engagement, public approvals, developer selection, and implementation of the Essex Crossing project on the Lower East Side, and also led the design and engineering team for the East River Esplanade and Piers project that created and improved waterfront access from the Battery to the Lower East Side of Manhattan. David serves on the Board of Directors for the Regional Plan Association and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, and the New York State Association for Affordable Housing. He also serves as an adjunct professor at NYU-Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where he teaches Urban Economics. He holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Urban Planning from NYU Wagner.