Deputy Commissioner of Resiliency and Sustainability
Emily Rubenstein is overseeing the creation of the agency’s first Resiliency and Sustainability office. Through a 20-year career in government and nonprofit organizations, Emily has built deep expertise in sustainability, resiliency, and operational efficiency. In successive roles, she’s managed complex capital projects, policy development, strategic planning, and program implementation. Emily joins OGS from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, where she managed $200 million in FEMA-funded design and construction projects building resilient waterfront and electrical infrastructure. She also worked for the NYC Economic Development Corporation, where she managed projects financed by more than $1 billion in Federal and City funding, including new resilient facilities for NYC Health and Hospitals, as well as parks, roadways, and libraries. As a Senior Policy Advisor at the New York City Mayor’s Office, Emily developed and wrote the solid waste strategy for PlaNYC 2.0, Mayor Bloomberg’s long-term sustainability plan. Working for the Mayor’s Office of Operations, Emily managed high-priority projects aimed at improving city agency efficiency and service delivery. Among other successful projects, she spearheaded a multi-agency task force to identify and implement operational efficiencies across the City’s 26,000-vehicle fleet.
Emily received her BA from Bowdoin College and a Master’s in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.