David M. Abromowitz

 

David M. Abromowitz is the Chief Public Policy Officer of YouthBuild USA.  David joins YouthBuild after many years as a director (principal) in the law firm Goulston & Storrs PC, where he most recently co-chaired the firm’s real estate group. David is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC, and serves on the Board of MassDevelopment, the economic development finance agency for Massachusetts. He is a Vice-Chair and board member of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association, a co-founder of the Council for Energy Friendly Affordable Housing, and a past chair and founding member of both the Lawyers’ Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness and of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Affordable Housing and Community Development.

David brings a long history of activity in the public policy arena to YouthBuild. In January 2008, he wrote the “A Great American Dream Neighborhood Stabilization Fund” proposal, the basis for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program enacted by Congress later in 2008, which has funded nearly $7 billion for communities hard hit by foreclosures. Mr. Abromowitz co-chaired the Housing Policy Working Group of then Governor-elect Deval Patrick (D-MA), and served on the housing advisory task forces of former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, and current Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. 

David has been recognized by the Trailblazer award of the National Economic Development and Law Center of Oakland, California (2004), the Fair Housing Center of Boston’s Open Doors Award (2007), the “social capitalist” award of SCI Social Capital, Inc. (2008), the Distinguished Achievement Award of B’Nai B’rith Housing New England (2013), and the Vision Award of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (2014).

Charitable boards he serves on include The Equity Trust, and B’nai B’rith New England, and until recently he was a long-time board member of YouthBuild USA. A frequent columnist, his opinion pieces have appeared in the Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times online, Baltimore Sun, Detroit Free Press, La Opinion, AOLnews online, and other publications.

A New Jersey native, David is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.