The Hudson Team


William Fowler

WILLIAM FOWLER, Principal and Co-Founder, has over 30 years of housing and real estate experience. Prior to forming Hudson in 1986, Bill worked in office building development with Cadillac Fairview, high-rise residential development with Eichner Properties and urban malls with the Rouse Company. Bill majored in architecture at Yale and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

David Kramer

DAVID KRAMER, President, joined Hudson in 1995. Prior to Hudson, David developed affordable housing as the Housing Director of the Venice Community Housing Corporation in Los Angeles, and a Project Manager for the Skid Row Housing Trust. In 1989, he was one of the founders and the first Executive Director of People for Parks, a Los Angeles non-profit coalition of parks advocates. David has a Bachelor Degree from Yale University and graduated from the Coro Foundation’s Public Affairs Program. David serves on the Alumni Council of the Collegiate School and is a Board Member of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and the Coro Foundation. In 2008, David was elected to Chair the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. David also founded the quarterly Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable to benefit the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Sally Gilliland

SALLY GILLILAND, Principal, has 24 years of experience in architecture, including the past 21 years as a licensed architect. She is responsible for managing the architecture and engineering process throughout the design and construction of our projects. Sally joined Hudson in 2001 after 10 years as Project Architect at the architectural firm of Beyhan Karahan & Associates where she was responsible for design and management of a wide range of commercial and residential projects. Prior to her work with BK&A, Sally was a designer with the architectural firm of Kohn, Pedersen, Fox & Associates. She graduated from Trinity College with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, studied at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City, and received a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University.

Aaron Koffman

AARON KOFFMAN, Principal, heads Hudson’s affordable housing pipeline and portfolio totaling over 3,600 units and ~$2 billion in costs- including the 4 largest solar PV systems on multi-family projects in New York State. Aaron is the project lead on several large affordable housing/mixed-use new construction developments in the city including: the 992-unit La Central development in the South Bronx, the 740-unit Spofford Detention Center Redevelopment in Hunts Point, the 659-unit Gateway Elton development in East New York, and the 56-building affordable preservation portfolio in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights. Prior to joining Hudson, Aaron was a Project Manager with Forest City Ratner Companies, focusing on the 6,400-unit Atlantic Yards (now Pacific Park) residential development. In addition to serving on the Boards of the NYU Furman Center, Coro New York, Center for Urban Pedagogy and the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH), Aaron is an Adjunct Professor of Affordable Housing Finance at NYU. Aaron received a Masters of City Planning degree from MIT and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UC Berkeley.

Alison Novak

ALISON NOVAK, Principal, joined Hudson in 2006, where she oversees mixed-income and market-rate developments as well as Hudson’s middle-income equity fund. Under her leadership, Hudson launched its commitment to green building. Alison has overseen the acquisition, design, financing, construction, and completion of a wide range of housing developments ranging from affordable to high-end, home ownership to rental, single-family to high rise. Prior to joining Hudson, Alison was with the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, the City of Alameda, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, and Lesley University’s real estate division. Alison sits on the boards of the Osborne Association, Recycle-A-Bicycle (chair) and Women in Housing and Finance (president), all New York City-based non-profits. Alison was named one of the “Top 15 Women in Real Estate” in 2015. She is a member of the 21st cohort of Coro Leadership New York. Alison received a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development from Grinnell College, and a Master of City Planning and Master of Science in Real Estate Development from MIT.

Professional Staff

Andrew Attara

ANDREW ATTARA, Senior Project Manager, is a member of our construction team. Andrew recently graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a BS in Architectural Engineering and Technology. His experience includes estimating for a concrete contractor during and after college, field experience as a carpenter, and extensive technical skills in design.

Marlee Busching-Truscott

MARLEE BUSCHING-TRUSCOTT, Assistant Project Manager, is a part of our project management team and recently joined us from Town & Gardens, Ltd, where she reviewed and negotiated contracts, managed sub-contractors and tracked job profitability. Prior to that, she worked for five years in the design-build landscape industry in New York City. Marlee graduated from NYU with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Historical and Sustainable Architecture.

Matthew Dillon

MATTHEW DILLON, Project Manager, has eight years of real estate experience in the private and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Hudson, Matt was with Massey Knakal as an investment sales broker and member of the management team. Earlier he worked at Fulcrum Properties, developing affordable housing, and The Trust for Public Land, on the team acquiring land for new public parks. Matt is a graduate of Bates College and currently serves on the Alumni Board of Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn.

JULIE GRUSD, Controller, has over 18 years of real estate accounting experience. Julie spent 11 years at Sterling Equities where she worked on financial statements and reports for various properties and conducted financial due diligence for acquisitions. Prior to joining Hudson, Julie was the Controller for the Cheshire Group, a real estate investment company specializing in multifamily properties. She is a Certified Public Accountant who started her career in public accounting at Spicer and Oppenheim. Julie received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University at Buffalo.

Alan Hajtler

ALAN HAJTLER, Director of Construction, has 34 years of experience in construction management, including 21 years of experience in real estate development. Alan directs all construction activities at Hudson including pre-development estimating and value engineering, managing Hudson’s construction entity and coordinating the firm’s work with third party contractors. Before joining Hudson, Alan worked with Boymelgreen Developers as Director of Pre-construction, Aurora Contractors as Director of Estimating/Purchasing, and Terra Firma as Executive Vice President of Real Estate/Construction Operations. He also served as President of Arcon Development, a real estate developer and real estate investment/construction consultant for four years. His early career included work as Assistant Field Super for the Glick Organization on a 900-unit affordable senior housing high-rise, and as a Design Development Draftsman with Paul Rudolph Architects. Alan studied architecture at New York Institute of Technology and real estate at the NYU Real Estate Institute.

Karen Hu

KAREN HU, Director, has over 12 years of private-, public-, and not-for-profit sector experience in real estate development. She works on both affordable and market-rate projects at Hudson. Prior to joining Hudson in 2014, Karen was an Assistant Vice President with Phipps Houses, the largest not-for-profit developer and property manager of affordable housing in NYC. At Phipps, she took the lead on the land entitlement and environmental review processes for all projects in pre-development. She was also the lead project manager on a number of preservation projects, including the preservation of a 208-unit former Mitchell Lama building through HPD’s Inclusionary Housing Program. Prior to Phipps, Karen was a City Planner in HPD’s Bronx Planning Unit and co-chair of the Steering Committee for New Housing New York, NYC’s first affordable housing design competition. She serves on the Board of Women in Housing and Finance. Karen received a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College and a Master of City Planning and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from MIT.

Eileen Jiang

EILEEN JIANG, Staff Accountant, is a member of the accounting team and supports the Controller and CFO on different projects. She joined Hudson after graduating with a Master of Accounting degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Eileen completed her Bachelor’s at the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Economics and minored in Consumer Psychology.

Alexandra Kaplan

ALEXANDRA KAPLAN, Project Manager, has over 4 years of experience in real estate and economic development in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Hudson, Alex worked in Real Estate Transactions Services at the New York City Economic Development Corporation and in the Investment Practice at Jonathan Rose Companies. Alex has also worked on economic development initiatives in several cities, including New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Somerville, MA. Alex earned a Bachelor of Arts in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Alex is the 2015 recipient of Urban Land Institute (ULI) New York’s the New York Women in Real Estate Scholarship. Alex is Co-Chair of the programming committee for the New York chapter of ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Joseph Kohl-Riggs

JOSEPH KOHL-RIGGS, Managing Director of Acquisitions, has nine years of experience in real estate development and urban policy. He is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new business opportunities. Prior to joining Hudson, Joseph worked for the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development in the 421-a tax exemption unit, and interned for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. Joseph received his Bachelor of Arts in Urban Design from New York University.

Scott Lorber

SCOTT M. LORBER, Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for managing the financial risks of the Company as well as overseeing the Company’s financial planning and reporting. Scott has over 13 years of public accounting experience, having spent his entire career with Grodsky, Caporrino & Kaufman, LLP serving as a manager in both the audit and tax departments prior to joining Hudson. Scott received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Richard Lucas

RICHARD LUCAS, Construction Project Manager, has been working in the construction industry for over 12 years and is well experienced in all phases of construction. He is a successful construction manager with a record of managing and supporting the completion of commercial, multi-family, high-end residential, student unions and university housing projects totaling over $450 million. He brings a wide variety of knowledge and hands-on experience to Hudson. Richard is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.

Pedram Mahdavi

PEDRAM MAHDAVI, Senior Project Manager, has over eight years of experience in housing finance, development and policy. Prior to joining Hudson, Pedram worked at Forsyth Street Advisors where he structured financial transactions utilizing Bonds financing, Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity and additional public subsidies; closing on over $130 million in debt and $80 million in equity financing. Pedram’s previous experience also includes advising non-profit organizations, public housing authorities, and government agencies on housing and redevelopment policy. Pedram currently serves on the board of Neighbors Together, a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization. Pedram received a Master in City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Arizona.

Michael Ohlhausen

MICHAEL OHLHAUSEN, Associate Director of Architecture, is a licensed architect and LEED accredited professional with over 15 years of experience managing the design and coordination of many large-scale institutional, commercial, and multi-family residential projects. Prior to joining Hudson, Michael was a project architect at Perkins+Will, playing an integral role in the design documentation and coordination of a $350 million administrative facility for New York City. Before P+W, Michael was a Senior Associate at the architectural firm of Gruzen Samton, working on a wide range of market-rate and affordable multi-family residential projects, including numerous projects for Hudson. Michael has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Business Administration from Cambridge University.

Matthew Peckham

MATTHEW PECKHAM, Senior Project Manager, is a licensed architect with over thirty-five years of experience in the design and construction field. He manages the construction on a variety of Hudson projects, including 93 North 3rd Street and 626 Flatbush Avenue. Prior to joining Hudson, he was an Associate/Project Architect at Marvel Architects and its predecessor firm, Rogers Marvel Architects. During his tenure there, he worked on a multitude of renovation and new construction projects, among them the 22-unit luxury conversion of 145 Hudson Street into lofts and a rooftop penthouse, the 32 condominiums and 11 townhouses on Court Street in Brooklyn, and a 63-unit affordable project at 152 East 118th Street. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Project Manager for Harvard Real Estate and as a Project Manager/Superintendent at Tishman Construction. For thirteen years, he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture and Construction Technology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Matthew holds a BA in Geography from Columbia University (1979) and a Master of Architecture from NJIT (1997), where he was awarded the School of Architecture Medal.

Sarah Pizer

SARAH PIZER, Associate Project Manager, assists the construction staff and development team in various projects. Graduating from the University of Michigan in May 2014, she studied public policy with a focus on urban planning and policy. She has previously interned at Urban Green Council, the New York chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Gerald Pointing, Jr.

GERALD POINTING, JR., Construction Super, has over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. Over the last 5 years, Gerald served as the Director of Facilities for Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. He has worked as project superintendent and project manager on jobs ranging from 400 unit renovations at Parkwood Estates, 800 units at Bay Hill Gardens, and Bob’s Discount Furniture. His Associate of Science is from Canisius College.

Jerry Pointing

JERRY POINTING, Field Quality Control Safety Compliance Manager, has over 42 years of experience in the construction industry, including owning his own company. Jerry’s numerous client list includes the SCA, NYSDA, Department of Corrections, HPD, and USPS, and well known corporations such as Coldstone Creamery, Mobil Oil Corporate, and UNOs Chicago Grill. He was superintendent, project manager, and building inspector at the BEST Squad NYCDOB.

Pablo Rengifo

PABLO RENGIFO, Assistant Estimator, is a member of our construction team. His experience includes working in the Traffic operations unit for the NYC Department of Transportation, field experience as a concrete inspector, and extensive technical skills in construction. Pablo graduated with an Associate’s degree from New York City College of Technology in Construction Management.

Arianna Sacks Rosenberg

ARIANNA SACKS ROSENBERG, Director, has over 9 years of experience in real estate development and design. At Hudson, Arianna oversees a broad range of residential and commercial development projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Arianna is excited about building a greener, more sustainable city. Prior to joining Hudson in 2011, Arianna completed her Master’s Degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she studied Real Estate Development. Preceding Harvard, she practiced architecture in New York City, working for Rafael Viñoly Architects. Arianna received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. Arianna currently sits on the Board of Women in Housing and Finance (Co-VP of Operations) and is a member of the 26th cohort of Coro Leadership New York.

Chris Tepper

CHRISTOPHER TEPPER, Senior Project Manager, has 8 years of experience in real estate development in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Hudson, Chris worked at Jamestown Properties’ Industry City project in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, repositioning the 6M sq ft industrial campus into a hub for creative office and retail. Prior to Industry City, Chris was the VP for Development and Planning at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, where he oversaw the financing and redevelopment of several large historic industrial buildings into homes for modern manufacturing, tech and light industrial uses. Before joining the Navy Yard, Chris worked in the real estate transactions group at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Chris is the co-founder of the New York City AIDS Memorial organization, which is constructing the City’s first significant public space dedicated to the AIDS epidemic at a new public park in the West Village. Chris received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Finance from Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Argentina, where he studied as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar.

Max Zarin

MAX ZARIN, Project Manager, has three years of experience working in real estate, economic development, and urban planning. Prior to joining Hudson, Max worked for HR&A Advisors, Inc., where he led a range of planning efforts in New York and across the United States. At HR&A, Max focused on the firm’s energy efficiency, retail revitalization, and private development advisory practice areas. Max holds his Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and his Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School, where he concentrated in Real Estate and Business, Economics, and Public Policy.

Founding Principal

Alan Bell

ALAN BELL, Founding Principal of the Hudson Companies, has over 35 years of housing development and general real estate experience. Prior to forming Hudson in 1986, Alan had a distinguished career in real estate finance and government assisted real estate development. He was a real estate investment banker, first at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and later at Bankers Trust Company. Prior to that Alan had been a Vice President of the New York City Public Development Corporation, Director of the City’s UDAG program during the Koch Administration, and Director of the City Housing Agency’s “Sweat Equity” Program. Alan received his Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College, Columbia University (1973) and a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977).

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