Policy operative Carl Hum, who served in former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration and led the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, will join the Real Estate Board of New York to be the trade group’s point person on building-management policy.
He is replacing Angel Sung Pinsky, who stepped down to take a position at the Association for a Better New York.
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Hum, who most recently advocated for immigration reform and voting rights in Washington, D.C., at the nonprofit Asian Americans Advancing Justice, will take the lead on policy issues ranging from construction and building codes to sustainability and energy policy.
“Carl will be an outstanding asset to REBNY and our members,” REBNY President John Banks said in a statement. “He brings great experience and a proven track record of managing and completing complex projects through consensus building, strategic communications and savvy, innovative problem-solving.”
Hum previously worked as an assistant prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and went on to help develop 16 Industrial Business Zones in the city under the Bloomberg administration.
As residential development has encroached on the city’s industrial neighborhoods, advocates and elected officials have called for the city to step in and preserve the industrial real estate as a source of manufacturing jobs.
In Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2016 fiscal budget, he tripled funding to help industrial businesses, baselining the figure at $1.5 million.
In the new role at REBNY, Hum will tackle issues such as working with the city to update its building codes.
Over the summer, Pinsky was appointed as executive director of the pro-business group Association for a Better New York.