Honoree James S. Rubin

Honoree James S. Rubin - Breaking Ground 25th Anniversary Gala

As the Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Jamie Rubin occupies the top leadership position for the State’s many housing and community development agencies, including The Affordable Housing Corporation, The Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Housing Finance Agency, State of New York Mortgage Agency, and Housing Trust Fund Corporation. Among his considerable responsibilities is to facilitate much of the public financing that enables affordable housing development and community revitalization initiatives in all parts of our State that benefit the lives of countless individuals and promote the vitality of thousands of businesses.

Until May 2015, Jamie was Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, where he oversaw four key program areas within the NY Rising portfolio to implement a number of initiatives aimed at aiding people, businesses and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy and to create a stronger, more resilient New York when experiencing future natural disasters. Immediately prior to this assignment, Jamie served as the New York Director of the President’s Hurricane Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Task Force as well as a Senior Advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. He was previously a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, working with cities including Buffalo and Detroit to identify and implement innovative economic development strategies.

Until May 2012 he was a Senior Partner with BC Partners (BCP), a global private equity fund managing over $17 billion across two funds. He joined BCP in May 2008 to establish the firm’s first US office and subsequently built a team and directed over $1 billion of investments. Before BCP Jamie was a Partner with One Equity Partners, JP Morgan’s private equity fund, where he was one of the founding partners in 2001.

Jamie is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Breaking Ground, the country’s largest developer and manager of supportive housing for the formerly homeless. In 2008 Jamie co-founded Greater New York, an effort to prevent the economic crisis from destroying New York’s most promising community organizations. Jamie is active in Democratic politics and was one of the senior members of the Obama Transition Team in 2008. He holds a law degree from Yale University and a degree from Harvard University.