John Zuccotti is Chairman of Brookfield Financial Properties (formerly World Financial Properties) and Senior Counsel in the Real Estate Department of the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Olympia & York Companies (U.S.A.) since January 1990. Prior to joining Olympia & York, John was a Partner in the law firm of Brown & Wood from 1986 to 1990, and a Partner in the law firm of Tufo & Zuccotti from 1978 to 1986.
John spent a significant period of his career in government, serving as the First Deputy Mayor of the City of New York under Mayor Abraham D. Beame from 1975 through 1977. He began his tenure in municipal government under Mayor John V. Lindsay who appointed him to the New York City Planning Commission in 1971. Mayor Lindsay made him the Chairman of the Commission in 1973, a position he held until 1975. John also served as Chairman of Mayor Edward I. Koch’s Advisory Committee on Police Management and Personnel Policy, as a member of the Mayor Koch’s Advisory Task Force on the Homeless, and as Chairman of Governor Hugh L. Carey’s Task Force on the World Trade Center.
Prior to his work with New York City government, John spent time in Washington as Assistant to Robert C. Wood, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, as Special Counsel to the Housing Subcommittee of the House Banking and Currency Committee and as Secretary and Counsel to the National Corporation for Housing Partnerships. He also was a member of HUD’s Task Force on Improving Operations of Federal Housing Programs and a consultant to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. John also served as Assistant to Senator Jacob K. Javits.
During his career, John has specialized in planning, housing, real estate and municipal law. He has played a leading role in the development process of major residential and commercial projects in the New York metropolitan area. He has also had the opportunity to use his expertise to help develop planned communities in such diverse places as Reston, Virginia and a Navajo reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico. While working for the Joint Center for Urban Studies of MIT and Harvard University, he served on a team planning a new town in Venezuela. He has lectured on planning and development at numerous institutions including The New School for Social Research, Harvard, Columbia and Yale, and was appointed to the faculty of both Yale and Columbia law schools as a Adjunct Professor.