NEW YORK CITY—The NYC Department of City Planning has hired anexecutive director and created a COO position, which it plans tofill in the near future.

The agency's newest hire, Purnima Kapur, is the director of CityPlanning's Brooklyn office, where she has spearheaded several largescale planning efforts and overseen a period of unprecedentedgrowth and development in the borough. Kapur reportedly wasinstrumental in increasing the proportion of affordablehousing in the Domino project.

“Purnima Kapur has a distinguished record of achievement andstrengths in planning, urban design, managing staff, engagingcommunities, negotiating with developers and forging consensus thatare essential for the successful management of our ambitiousagenda,” says CPC chairman Carl Weisbrod. “Fromworking with communities throughout the five boroughs toidentifying opportunities for growth and redevelopment to creatingstrategies for a more resilient and sustainable city, I amconfident that Purnima's wisdom, experience, intelligence andinterpersonal skills, will serve our Department and the City of NewYork very well indeed.”

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Rayna Katz

Rayna Katz is a seasoned business journalist whose extensive experience includes coverage of the lodging sector, travel and the culinary space. She was most recently content director for a business-to-business publisher, overseeing four publications. While at Meeting News, a travel trade publication, she received a Best Reporting award for a story on meeting cancellations in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.