John Warren

Founding Member

John had a long public sector career before co-founding Workforce Housing Group. He served for 20 years at the City of New York’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the last seven as First Deputy Commissioner. In that role, he was Chief Operating Officer of a 2,700-person, $1 billion annual budget organization, the largest municipal housing agency in the nation.

Profile Overview

Although John worked on a wide range of initiatives at HPD, he managed multifamily properties for virtually his entire tenure at the agency. He supervised the City’s Mitchell Lama and Asset Management portfolio for a ten year period. During this time, he oversaw approximately 60,000 Mitchell Lama cooperative and rental units and grew the City’s Asset Management portfolio to approximately 40,000 units that were renovated and conveyed to local not-for-profit and for-profit companies under Regulatory Agreements requiring the City’s ongoing oversight and approval.

In addition, John managed the City’s Code. Enforcement efforts for eight years. He worked to ensure that the city’s private housing stock complied with City and State regulations and collaborated with elected officials and housing advocates to improve enforcement through a series of new programs. John has also served as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College. He has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.