Jim Whelan

President of REBNY
Real Estate Board of NY
Real Estate Board of NY
Presentation: September 26, 2023

Summary

Jim Whelan is the President of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the City’s leading real estate trade association which represents commercial, residential, and institutional property owners, builders, managers, investors, brokers, salespeople, and other corporations and individuals professionally interested in New York City real estate.

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Jim Whelan is the President of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the City’s leading real estate trade association which represents commercial, residential, and institutional property owners, builders, managers, investors, brokers, salespeople, and other corporations and individuals professionally interested in New York City real estate.

Prior to his appointment in 2019, Jim served as Executive Vice President of REBNY.  Before joining REBNY, he served in a variety of roles in the private, public and non-profit sectors including:

  • Chief of Staff for the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development of New York City, Daniel Doctoroff, under whom he initiated strategies to secure ULURP approval for Willets Point and Coney Island and assisted with the initial implementation of PlaNYC. His earlier work for Deputy Mayor Doctoroff focused on Lower Manhattan issues, during which time the Bloomberg administration successfully advocated for lease term changes for the World Trade Center site, assumed leadership responsibility for construction of the National 9-11 Memorial and Museum, and implemented several other initiatives to improve the quality of life in Lower Manhattan.  
  • Executive Director of the Hudson Yards Coalition, which advocated for the implementation of the Hudson Yards plan on Manhattan’s Far West Side. 
  • The founding and first Executive Director of the Downtown Brooklyn Council, during which he oversaw the creation of the Downtown Brooklyn redevelopment plan.
  • Interim Executive Director and Deputy Director of the 14th Street-Union Square Local Development Corporation and Business Improvement District (now the Union Square Partnership).
  • Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at the Muss Development Company. 

Jim is a graduate of New York University and the Fordham University School of Law. Born and raised in Queens, he resides in Bellerose with his wife, Gail, and his two children. Jim serves on the Board of Directors of the New York City Metro Area chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). He is the founding chair of the NYC JDRF Real Estate Games, which raises funds to support research for the cure of Type One diabetes.  Jim also serves on the Executive Advisory Council for the Fordham Real Estate Institute.

Presentation: September 26, 2023
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Jim Whelan is the President of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the City’s leading real estate trade association which represents commercial, residential, and institutional property owners, builders, managers, investors, brokers, salespeople, and other corporations and individuals professionally interested in New York City real estate.

Prior to his appointment in 2019, Jim served as Executive Vice President of REBNY.  Before joining REBNY, he served in a variety of roles in the private, public and non-profit sectors including:

  • Chief of Staff for the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development of New York City, Daniel Doctoroff, under whom he initiated strategies to secure ULURP approval for Willets Point and Coney Island and assisted with the initial implementation of PlaNYC. His earlier work for Deputy Mayor Doctoroff focused on Lower Manhattan issues, during which time the Bloomberg administration successfully advocated for lease term changes for the World Trade Center site, assumed leadership responsibility for construction of the National 9-11 Memorial and Museum, and implemented several other initiatives to improve the quality of life in Lower Manhattan.  
  • Executive Director of the Hudson Yards Coalition, which advocated for the implementation of the Hudson Yards plan on Manhattan’s Far West Side. 
  • The founding and first Executive Director of the Downtown Brooklyn Council, during which he oversaw the creation of the Downtown Brooklyn redevelopment plan.
  • Interim Executive Director and Deputy Director of the 14th Street-Union Square Local Development Corporation and Business Improvement District (now the Union Square Partnership).
  • Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at the Muss Development Company. 

Jim is a graduate of New York University and the Fordham University School of Law. Born and raised in Queens, he resides in Bellerose with his wife, Gail, and his two children. Jim serves on the Board of Directors of the New York City Metro Area chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). He is the founding chair of the NYC JDRF Real Estate Games, which raises funds to support research for the cure of Type One diabetes.  Jim also serves on the Executive Advisory Council for the Fordham Real Estate Institute.