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Professional Profile: David Ehrenberg 2016

About

  • Title: President and CEO
  • Company: Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp.
  • Location: Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
  • Birthplace: Albuquerque, NM

Education: B.A. from Wesleyan University and dual master degrees from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School

First job outside of real estate: Community Organizer with South Brooklyn Legal Services

First job in real estate or allied field: Project manager with the NYC Economic Development Corp., overseeing industrial and manufacturing projects across the City.

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I oversee the management and long-term development of the Navy Yard, which includes our diverse tenant base of over 300 businesses. We are in the midst of our largest expansion since WWII, adding 3 million s/f of space in the next 5 years, with more than 15 million s/f of air rights. We’re planning for future developments that will build on our role as a center for job creation and innovation, with a goal of delivering better service to our tenants. As a mission driven not-for-profit, an important initiative is connecting local residents to the economic opportunities at the yard.

How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? I have a two young children who I try to cook for and eat dinner with every night. “Unwinding” doesn’t really apply, but cooking with my son and having a sit down family meal is definitely the highlight of my day.

Favorite book or author: “The Wind Up Bird Chronicles” by Haruki Murakami

Favorite movie: “Shawshank Redemption”

Last song you purchased/downloaded? The Hamilton soundtrack

One word to describe your work environment: Committed

Rules to live by in business: Hire people who are smarter and different than you

If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead, but not related to you) who would it be and where would you go? Carl Sagan

What is your DREAM job? (something other than your current job) Astrophysicist or a cook at a scuba eco-lodge.