The Building a Better Future Summit examined how technology can be used to make buildings be more sustainable. It is relevant for anyone in real estate, PropTech, sustainability, and investments to understand the opportunities of what is possible through new technologies. The Summit explored real-world applications that leverage data, sensors and transformative technologies to achieve higher productivity, better wellbeing, and sustainability goals. In light of the US's Climate Mobilization Act and New York City's Local Law 97 the topics covered are especially relevant today on how create a sustainable future for real estate.
Rachel Loeb is Chief Operating Officer of New York City Economic Development Corporation where she oversees and directs the Corporation’s strategic priorities for real estate, asset management and planning. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Loeb was a senior executive member of World Wide Group, a NYC-based private real estate development company. She served as Project Executive overseeing all aspects and phases of the development process. Before joining WWG, Ms. Loeb was a Senior Director of Development for AvalonBay, where she was responsible for the development of over 1400 apartments. Ms. Loeb worked in Boston for GLC Development and began her career in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where she worked on the Saigon South development, an 8000-acre new town community. In her career, she has built over 2,000 residential units and executed over $1.5B of mixed-use real estate. Ms. Loeb was named one of Bisnow’s Power Women of New York Real Estate and to the Crain’s NYC 2011 40Under40. She received the Spirit of the City Award, given by the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Ms. Loeb is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in History, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she earned a Masters in City Planning. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
Emily King is currently the Head of Innovation at the Consulate General of Canada in New York, leading a team of Trade Commissioners who support Canadian companies in developing their international business. As a diplomat and Trade Commissioner with seventeen years’ experience with Global Affairs Canada, Emily has served in assignments as diverse as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Ottawa, Syria, Jordan, Halifax, and New York. Emily is also a former restauranteur, a parent of three, and holds a BA in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University. She inspired by the power of the public service to tackle both practical and systemic challenges, with an eye toward the greater goals of progressive improvement and shared growth.
Merritt joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2018 where she focuses on growth stage investments in FinTech and PropTech. Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Merritt was an investor focused on late-stage venture and growth equity investments at Goldman Sachs. Previously, Merritt was an investor at private equity firm New Mountain Capital and a management consultant at Bain & Company in New York. Merritt is a CFA charterholder.
Merritt graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, cum laude, and from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.
Chief Development Officer at Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
Johanna is the Chief Development Office at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, overseeing Real Estate Development, Planning, Transportation, and External Affairs as the Yard embarks on a new era of expansion and building. She leads the rezoning and Master Plan development efforts for the Yard, particularly the creation of a new building typology for urban manufacturing and its ground-up construction. Prior to joining the Yard, she served as the Director of Planning and Development at Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company focused on urban innovation, where she oversaw program (residential, commercial, and retail) as well as land-use negotiations and engagement with the real estate community for Sidewalk’s development project in Toronto. Before that she was in private real estate development, designing, entitling, and building a large-scale mixed-use project on the Brooklyn waterfront. She is a land-use lawyer by training and spent five years working for Mayor Bloomberg, helping to lead the economic development team at City Hall. She was responsible for delivering the first-micro unit building in NYC, completing the Highline, and implementing the Citi Bike system.
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