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David Neil of The Durst Organization Joins the Common Ground Board

NEW YORK – Common Ground, New York City’s largest supportive housing developer and manager, announced that David Neil has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Neil is the Chief Administrative Officer of The Durst Organization’s Leasing and Marketing Division.

“David shares Common Ground’s strong commitment to creating a more compassionate, vibrant New York, from his work at Durst, a leader in sustainable development, to co-founding his own publishing company focused on connecting children with nature and the environment. We are very excited to welcome someone of such caring to our Board,” said Brenda Rosen, Executive Director of Common Ground.

“I am thrilled David has joined Common Ground’s Board of Directors. With his unique combination of real estate expertise, dedication to sustainability, and background in the non-profit and human services sector, he will be an invaluable part of our team,” said Jamie Rubin, President and Chair of Common Ground’s Board of Directors.

“Common Ground is an outstanding organization with an exemplary record of success and a mission that I care deeply about,” said David Neil. “I look forward to leveraging The Durst Organization’s expertise and experience to assist Common Ground in fulfilling its mission.”

The Durst Organization, founded in 1915 by Joseph Durst, is the owner, manager and builder of 13 million square feet of premiere Manhattan office towers and 1,200 residential rental units, including 250 units of affordable housing and an additional 250 units under construction. Since joining the company in 2009, Mr. Neil has also served as Chief Operating Officer of New York Water Taxi / Circle Line Downtown. Prior to joining The Durst Organization, Mr. Neil worked as U.S. Representative for the European-based real estate company Evohaus, Director of Special Projects at ShoreBank, and Co-Founder and CEO of the publishing company Little Green Dreams LLC. He also previously worked at the Nathan Cummings Foundation and founded a nonprofit volunteer organization to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in local communities.

Mr. Neil received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a B.A. in Sociology from Vassar College.

About Common Ground
Common Ground is a nationally respected leader in efforts to end homelessness and one of the largest developers and managers of supportive housing in the nation. It also operates, under contract with the NYC Department of Homeless Services, outreach programs that target people living on the streets in parts of Manhattan and all of Brooklyn and Queens.