Edward Poteat is an author, professor, developer of affordable housing in New York City, and recently became a City Councilmember in Mt. Vernon. As an adjunct professor at Columbia University, he has challenged graduate students to consider a career in affordable housing development. His book “The Fiscal Cliff’ discusses the challenges older American cities face in the 21st century.
He began his professional career in banking and left corporate America to start his own firm in his late 20’s. His firm, Carthage Advisors, has developed more than 1,500 units of affordable housing in low income communities of color. His most notable development is Marcus Garvey Village which is a mixed income, 450 unit, residential development in Northern Manhattan.
He received his degree in economics from Yale University and received his Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College. He also has received certificates from the Wharton School for International Real Estate Development and the NYU Stern School for facilities management. He has been a board member or advisory board member for the Citizen Housing Planning Council, Urban Pathways and the African American Real Estate Professionals of New York. He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated and former member of 100 Black Men. And his proudest achievement is being a father to his young daughter and husband to his wife.