New York Department of Design and Construction Appoints Magalie Austin as New Executive Deputy Commissioner

New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Thomas Foley announced today that Magalie Austin has been named Executive Deputy Commissioner.

She will oversee DDC’s Office of Diversity and Industry Relations, human resources and staff development/training as well as community partnerships and STEAM education initiatives.

“Magalie Austin’s success in establishing the M/WBE program at DDC has brought her to City Hall, and we are pleased to welcome her back to an even more important role, as our opportunities for contracts are expanding to encompass important new programs,” said DDC Commissioner Thomas. Foley. “I expect our already substantial M/WBE performance to grow, and I look forward to working closely with her on other issues critical to improving the agency, including training and development. of SDC staff.”

Deputy Executive Commissioner Austin was most recently Senior Advisor to the Mayor as well as Chief of the Mayor’s Office of M/WBEs (minority and women-owned businesses), where she worked with 40 municipal agencies and three non-municipal agencies to provide strategic policy guidance and improve accountability mechanisms while increasing the number of contract awards to M/WBEs.

Prior to serving in the mayor’s office, from 2014 to 2020, she served as DDC’s first diversity and industry relations officer, where she developed and implemented programs that increase employee use. M/WBE contractor agency and promote compliance with DDC’s diversity program under New York. The city’s Local Law 1, which governs the city’s M/WBE program and the city’s procurement rules.

She also liaised with the Department of Small Business Services, the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, and the Mayor’s Office of M/WBE, as well as a voting member of the agency’s executive selection committees tasked with selecting vendors. .

Executive Deputy Commissioner Austin is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Housing Authority and a former law clerk to the Honorable Okla Jones, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She holds a BS in accounting from St. John’s University as well as a JD from Tulane University School of Law and remains a member of the Louisiana Bar Association.

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She previously led Konbit for Haiti, Inc., a non-profit organization created to engage the Haitian diaspora in helping the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.

DDC is one of the city’s leading agencies for awarding contracts to M/WBEs, and in FY2021, its rate of use of M/WBEs on projects subject to Local Law 1 was by almost 26%, with 334 contracts in total valued at $660 million.

The previous year, 440 contracts were awarded for a value of $335 million, representing a utilization rate of nearly 32%.

The agency recently launched the city government’s only mentorship program for M/WBEs and small construction companies.

In March, half of the agency’s new round of architectural design contracts under its Project Excellence Program were awarded to M/WBEs, bringing additional cultural competence and understanding to building designs agency audiences.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, under more lenient building rules allowed by the state’s emergency health declaration, DDC built field hospitals, testing and vaccination sites, clinics and more again with high M/WBE participation rates, including 46% of the $117 million build. budget for three new COVID Centers of Excellence for the City’s public hospital system.

The NYC Design and Build Department

The Design and Construction Department is the City’s primary manager of capital construction projects. Supporting Mayor Adams’ long-term vision for growth, sustainability, resilience, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as fire stations, libraries, police stations and new or improved roads, sewers and water lines in the five boroughs.

To manage this $15.5 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience brings efficient, innovative and environmentally responsible design and construction strategies. city ​​projects. For more information, go to

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