Jamie Torres Springer
Jamie offers expert advisory on strategic planning, policy, community engagement, and real estate development rooted in his deep understanding of the public and private forces that drive growth and development.
Jamie develops programs, policies, and strategies to address the complex, climate-related challenges gripping communities throughout the nation. After Hurricane Sandy devastated the northeast, Jamie joined New York City’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency as Deputy Director for Community Initiatives, where he established long-term preparation and protection strategies to combat the destructive impacts of climate change. From this work, Jamie established HR&A’s wide-ranging resilience practice to support public, private, and non-profit stakeholders in the development of actionable strategies that build resilience, strengthen communities, and promote economic development.
Under Jamie’s leadership, HR&A has:
- Worked with communities and organizations to teach core resilience principles, establish resilience priorities, and build capacity to incorporate resilience planning into comprehensive planning efforts;
- Evaluated vulnerabilities to climate-related risks and assisted municipalities to develop citywide resilience strategies and policies;
- Tested the economic feasibility of physical resilience interventions, and designed creative funding strategies for infrastructure improvements.
Jamie led the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program to direct Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding towards strengthening the physical, economic, and social resiliency of 10 storm-impacted communities, and supported multiple projects to enhance Climate Resiliency in the Sandy-Impacted Region. He also managed a national program to build capacity among 67 National Disaster Resilience Competition applicants that competed for $1 billion in U.S. Housing and Urban Development funding, and is currently supporting the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, to guide the creation of comprehensive resilience strategies in cities throughout the nation.
In addition to resiliency planning, Jamie guides plans for comprehensive community growth through citywide visioning strategies. Jamie facilitated the development of New York City’s long-term strategic plans, OneNYC and PlaNYC; developed a strategic framework to drive residential growth in San Antonio’s Center City; and is currently leading the development of Imagine Boston 2030, Boston’s first Master Plan in 50 years. Moreover, Jamie conceptualizes the potential benefits of infrastructure investments and real estate development to guide public and private clients towards project realization. Over the last decade, Jamie has created financing strategies, assessed feasibility, and demonstrated the economic benefits of over $32 billion in proposed development. Jamie provided a capital investment and operations model for a mixed-use waterfront development in Toronto; advised on an implementation framework to transform London’s Olympic parklands into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; and created a retail and development strategy for the Delmar Loop in St. Louis.
Prior to joining HR&A, Jamie was Project Director for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, where he helped manage the public approval process for the creation of an 85-acre open space network along the East River. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He has lectured graduate students in planning, real estate, and public policy as an adjunct professor at NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, and regularly speaks at conferences around the world. Jamie chairs the Board of the Fifth Avenue Committee, a nonprofit community development corporation revitalizing neighborhoods in South Brooklyn, and sits on the Board of the Coro New York Leadership Center.
Board Chair, Fifth Avenue Committee, South Brooklyn
Member, Board of Directors, Coro New York Leadership Center
Member, Urban Land Institute