Charlie Samboy

vice president
real estate

Charlie SamboyAs Vice President, Real Estate, Charlie Samboy facilitates dialogue and convenes real estate clients and key community and government stakeholders to successfully navigate complex land use processes and obtain agency approvals. Through identifying mutually beneficial outcomes, brokering compromises, and fostering trust, Charlie builds effective coalitions for property owners.

Previously, as the Director of Government Affairs at the New York Building Congress, Charlie supported the passage of legislation at the City and State level, including requiring a citywide climate adaptation plan to identify climate hazards, installing artwork on the construction fences of city-funded developments, and implementing overweight truck enforcement procedures for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to prolong the useful life of the structure.

Charlie began his career in government service at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where he served as a Vice President in their Government and Community Affairs division overseeing projects in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Over nearly seven years at NYCEDC, Charlie successfully shepherded a half-dozen projects through the City’s public approvals process, including the Inwood rezoning, Northeast Bronx YMCA, The Peninsula in Hunts Point, and Bronx Point in the West Bronx. His initiatives at NYCEDC resulted in over $1 billion in investments, the development of over 3,000 units of affordable housing, securing nearly 10 acres of new open space, and creating more than 5,000 construction and permanent jobs.

Prior to roles in public policy, Charlie worked for over a decade as an airplane mechanic for companies such as Virgin Atlantic Airways, JetBlue Airways, and Liberty Helicopters.

Charlie is a Board Member of the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance, mentor with America Needs You, and a facilitator with the CUNY Model Senate Session Program. He is also an alumnus of prestigious fellowships such as Coro New York’s Leadership New York and the New Leaders Council, where he also served as Chapter Co-Director.

Charlie holds a Masters in Urban Affairs and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, both from Hunter College.