Former PA chief joins New York Building Congress

July 31, 2012 01:00PM

Christopher Ward, a former executive director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, has joined the board of directors of the New York Building Congress — a membership coalition that advocates for the city’s real estate, construction and design industries.

Ward served as the Port Authority’s executive director — the agency behind the World Trade Center reconstruction — from 2008 until 2011. He was with the Port Authority during times of stalemate with Larry Silverstein over financing and a funding gap for the 9/11 memorial.

He was also the commissioner for the city Department of Environmental Protection from 2002 to 2005, where he managed a staff of 6,500 people, as well as a capital and operating budget of more than $2 billion, a press release announcing his new role stated. — Zachary Kussin