Meet our Honoree


Richard Ravitch
Former Lieutenant Governor,
New York State

Richard Ravitch, former New York State Lieutenant Governor, is a lawyer, businessman, author, and public official who has been engaged in the private and public sectors for more than 50 years.

Mr. Ravitch began his career in construction as principal of the HRH Construction Corporation, responsible for 45,000 units of affordable housing. He was appointed by Governor Hugh Carey as Chairman of the New York State Urban Development Corporation. Mr. Ravitch was responsible for salvaging the finances of the organization. Mr. Ravitch was a key part of the effort to avert New York City’s bankruptcy. He was later appointed Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Other notable roles include: leading the recapitalization of The Bowery Savings Bank; President of the Player Relations Committee for Major League Baseball; Co-Chair of the Millennial Housing Commission; Advisor on the Detroit bankruptcy; Co-Chair of the State Budget Crisis Task Force with former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul A; and Director of the Volcker Alliance, a nonprofit that addresses the challenge of effective execution of public policy and helps rebuild public trust in government.

Author of So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics, and Confronting Fiscal Crises, Mr. Ravitch is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia College and received his LLB from Yale University School of Law.

Among many notable accomplishments in the public and private sectors, Mr. Ravitch is a leader in developing affordable housing and ensuring the well-being of senior residents. At Waterside Plaza, the residential community of which he and his company are the developer and manager, JASA helps address and resolve issues faced by older adults in the community.

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