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Construction Manager

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New York City, NY
Posted:
November 06, 2019

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ALLYSON C. FORD

adarx3@r.postjobfree.com 973-***-****

ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT & SENIOR COUNSEL

Senior executive with extensive knowledge and experience with contracts, commercial leases, compliance, construction, disaster recovery, directing business operations, government affairs and negotiating agreements. Experienced as Senior Counsel for Construction Management Firm, New York City and State government agencies. Superior communication, problem-solving, and relationship management skills. Areas of expertise include:

Contract Drafting and Management • Construction Management • Procurement Disaster Recovery • Facility Operations • Compliance • Arbitration • Legislative Processes • Communications Legal Management • Negotiations • Operations Management • Presentations PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

THE LIRO GROUP—NEW YORK, NY 2015 TO PRESENT

ENGINEERING, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION FIRM

ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT AND SENIOR COUNSEL

Associate Vice President and Senior Counsel on matters at LiRo, including negotiating project contracts, drafting and reviewing construction agreements, commercial leases, overseeing disaster recovery programs, risk management, procurement, insurance issues, and directing outside counsel in litigation matters.

Oversee all legal matters and project controls in LiRo projects, including procurement, risk and insurance, contract management between general contractors, surveyors and architecture firms and ensure compliance between finance and operations.

Handle and implement all legal work for LiRo’s disaster recovery contract, Brooklyn Build It Back “BIB” program, a 1.7 billion dollar project.

Manage over $200 million in CDBG funds for residential construction in New York projects.

Manage in house talent to align with project objectives achieving success throughout various departments.

Assemble and provide guidance to internal teams regarding the management of procurement process, CM

(Construction Management), Infrastructure / Information systems, and Mobility team.

Provide direction regarding process and workflow strategies on company initiatives, project kickoffs and compliance requirements.

Appointed as Legal Counsel to direct and manage all legal and procurement issues for the Governor’s Island project, a 9 year contract awarded to LiRo for construction and facilities management.

Designated as Compliance Manager for LiRo projects including New York State Harbor Lights Project.

Liaison with human resources on personnel and EEO issues. THE HUGH L. CAREY BATTERY PARK CITY AUTHORITY – NEW YORK, NY 2010 TO JUNE 2014 BATTERY PARK CITY PARKS CONSERVANCY

PUBLIC BENEFITS CORPORATION THAT OWNS AND MANAGES THE 92-ACRE BATTERY PARK CITY ON THE SOUTHERN TIP OF MANHATTAN. SPECIAL COUNSEL / COUNSEL TO THE CONSERVANCY / EEO OFFICER Legal counsel and EEO Officer, handled all equal employment opportunity issues spanning compliance, training, grievances and investigations. Retained and oversaw the work of outside counsel on most litigation, but also handled some litigation directly on behalf of the Boards of Directors of the two organizations.

Worked closely with Security at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on overlapping issues of security associated with the adjacent World Trade Center site and its redevelopment.

Instrumental member of team that generated $110M+ in revenues provided for the transfer to New York City. ALLYSON C. FORD adarx3@r.postjobfree.com 973-***-**** PAGE 2

Assisted in the successful restructuring of staff following a 30% reduction in personnel at the Authority in 2011.

Negotiated the NYC Parks Patrol & Enforcement contract with the NYC City Parks and Recreation Department for security and enforcement services in Battery Park City, a $10M initiative.

Rapidly promoted to EEO Officer for both the Authority and Conservancy. Attended Cornell University ILR School EEO Program.

NEW YORK CITY DEPT. OF HOUSING PRESERVATION & DEVELOPMENT – NEW YORK, NY 1998 TO 2010 A SPECIAL DIVISION OF THE LARGEST MUNICIPAL DEVELOPER OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE UNITED STATES. SPECIAL COUNSEL, DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENT (2004–2010) Provided legal and legislative counsel for the Division and supported six program directors responsible for specific types of construction and housing. Resolved internal and external legal and non-legal issues, coordinated the work of internal and outside attorneys, communicated extensively with attorneys for developers and homeowners and managed specialized projects, and represented the Division to developers and outside parties regarding compliance and other legal and policy issues.

Effectively lobbied for increases in small home loan monies and statutory loan amounts under Senior Citizen Home Assistance Program.

As liaison to the Environmental Unit, oversaw CEQR and NEPA reviews, environmental assessments, and relationship management. Improved communications and operations.

Prepared and led a seminar on tax issues attended by 100 of City’s top developers.

Key member of the team that oversaw successful completion of a $400M retail, residential, school, and park construction project with more than 640,000sf of commercial space and 2,200 residential units. DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS (2003–2004)

Promoted to direct Agency’s largest division. Supervised staff of unit directors, with 1,000 indirect reports. Arbitrated grievances, interviewed candidates, and managed legal issues. Represented division at meetings with other agencies, non- profit organizations, and Mayor’s office. Reviewed applications and awarded contracts to non-profits selected to work with Agency.

DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS (1998-2003)

Oversaw legislative affairs and lobbying to facilitate improvements in housing programs and statutes. Reviewed ongoing and potential programs and lobbied state legislature to obtain approvals for increased funding, issue resolution, passage of landmark bills, and other solutions. Managed 16 to 20 legislative items at any one time. Frequently met with State Assembly and Senate Members to obtain bill sponsorship. Attended legislative meetings and sessions.

Saved $16.1M in rent for elderly residents and preserved affordable co-op housing for 7,000 residents through successful lobbying with the New York State Legislature.

Facilitated the rehabilitation of 75,000 multiple-dwelling units by obtaining a four-year extension of benefits from the J-51 tax-incentive program.

Enabled construction of tax-exempt market-rate rental developments by achieving a $3.8B bond cap increase.

Attained major savings for homeowners by establishing legal authority to permit dissolution of seed loans used for preconstruction costs.

EDUCATION

BOSTON COLLEGE SCHOOL OF LAW JURIS DOCTOR

WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY BACHELOR OF ARTS, SOCIOLOGY & AMERICAN STUDIES THE FIELDSTON SCHOOL RIVERDALE, NY

BAR ADMISSIONS & TRAINING

New York State Bar / US District Court for the Southern & Eastern Districts of New York, National Institute of Trial Advocacy Training, Cornell University ILR School EEO Program, SHRM Member



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