Amy Chester

Amy is responsible for the day to day operations, management, fundraising, and strategy of Rebuild by Design. Chester brings considerable experience in community engagement, policy, communications and real estate development to advocate for the urban environment.

Previously, Chester worked for Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Legislative Affairs and as a Senior Policy Advisor, responsible for the engagement strategy and public vision of PlaNYC, the Mayor’s sustainability agenda, which included initiatives such as Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, Congestion Pricing and The Million Trees Campaign.

Before working in the Mayor’s office, Chester worked at the NY City Council, where she was successful in ensuring the inclusion of affordable housing in large-scale neighborhood rezonings. Chester worked at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), where she developed affordable housing, and a charter school for Harlem Children’s Zone, and also worked at the Freelancers Union, where she was responsible for the design and construction of two alternative medical practices. Chester worked as the Lead Organizer for Listening to the City – a historic opportunity for residents in the New York region to engage in a democratic planning process for the World Trade Center site post 9/11. She also worked as a consultant to a dozen non-profit organizations on issue-based campaigns with M&R Strategic Services and on many electoral campaigns in New York. Amy was raised and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.