Amy Chester has spent more than 20 years in municipal policy, community engagement, real
estate development and communications advocating for the urban environment.
As the Managing Director of Rebuild by Design Amy is responsible the organization’s day-to- day
operations and management in addition to overseeing its fundraising and strategic direction. Her first
task was to lead an international design-driven competition that utilized a truly inclusive and
collaborative process to create implementable large-scale infrastructure projects to address the
physical and social vulnerabilities exposed by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast United States. The
competition created a network of 10 design teams consisting of over 200 individuals and more than
700 government agencies and community organizations who co-created the proposals, resulting in
$930M in awards from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to implement the
winning designs. Last Rebuild By Design joined the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities to
replicate that process in regions across the US and the world.
Previously, Chester worked for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor
for Legislative Affairs and as a Senior Policy Advisor. In these roles she was responsible for the public
engagement strategy of PlaNYC, the Mayor’s sustainability agenda, which included initiatives such as
the Million Trees Campaign, congestion pricing, and the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. Amy’s other experiences in New York City government have included positions at the New York City Council, where she successfully ensured the inclusion of affordable housing in large-scale neighborhood re-zonings, and at the New York City Housing Authority, where she created development plans to increase the utilization of government owned properties across the city.
Outside of government, Amy has also consulted for numerous nonprofit organizations and on many
electoral campaigns. At the Freelancers Union, she was responsible for the design and construction
of two medical practices and as the lead organizer for Listening to the City, she crafted a democratic
process to include community participation in the plans for the World Trade Center site
redevelopment. She also worked as a consultant to a dozen non-profit organizations on issue-based
campaigns with Strategic Services and on a dozen electoral campaigns including Hillary
Clinton’s winning Senate campaign and Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
Amy was raised and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.