Polina is a dedicated public servant with a deep interest in leveraging the market potential of our cities' assets through public-private partnerships (P3s).
Polina currently serves as the Director for Real Estate Development with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) where she leads the Preservation Team in repositioning 20,000 distressed public housing units via subsidy conversion to Section 8; this allows NYCHA and its development partners to raise financing to address more than $4 billion in unmet capital needs, equaling 15% of the national public housing maintenance backlog and the largest residential preservation pipeline in the U.S.
Prior to joining NYCHA in 2016, Polina served on the economic development team for the Mayor of the District of Columbia. During her four-year tenure with the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Polina held a myriad of roles, including Executive Director of Great Streets, the District’s commercial revitalization initiative to transform emerging corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers that are a magnet for private investment, and as Project Manager over a portfolio of urban redevelopment and corporate attraction/retention initiatives, spanning public land transactions for mixed-use new construction development, healthy food access policy, business incentives creation, community benefits negotiation, and public housing revitalization into mixed-income communities. Polina joined the Government of the District of Columbia as a Capital City Fellow in 2011, working on a broad portfolio of Mayoral initiatives.
Her previous professional experience includes leading redevelopment and community asset building and organizing projects in Lawrence, MA and New Orleans, LA. Polina earned bachelor of science degrees in urban planning and civil engineering, as well as a master's degree in city planning, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Currently a resident of Spanish Harlem, Polina’s civic involvement centers on community mental health and increasing diversity and inclusion in STEM fields.