Amy Chester works to create solutions for complex issues at the nexus of urbanism, politics, design, and community engagement. She is the Managing Director for Rebuild by Design, an organization formed to run the Hurricane Sandy Design Competition, which resulted in over $1 billion in awards from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to seven neighborhood-scale projects to address structural and social vulnerabilities. Rebuild now brings its collaborative research and design approach to address climate challenges in cities in the U.S. and around 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 where she was responsible for the public engagement strategy of PlaNYC, the Mayor’s sustainability agenda. Chester has also held positions at the NY City Council and more than a dozen electoral and issue-based campaigns, as well as working to build affordable housing and provide benefits to freelance workers.