Until recently, Tucker Reed was the President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a not-for-profit local development corporation that serves as the primary champion for Downtown Brooklyn as a world-class business, cultural, educational, residential, and retail destination. Under Tucker’s leadership Downtown Brooklyn achieved historically low commercial office vacancy rates and attracted nearly $7 billion dollars in investment that resulted in thousands of new housing units and jobs. DBP became the driving force behind the emergence of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle as a key contributor to the growth of the innovation economy in New York City and major infrastructure improvements like the Brooklyn Queens Connector.
He previously was the Director of Special Projects for Two Trees Management Company, a real estate development firm based in DUMBO, Brooklyn, where he assisted in the execution of development projects with an aggregate budget of nearly $200 million, while directing communications and community development efforts for the firm.
From 2008 – 2009 Tucker worked for the State Department in Baghdad, Iraq on the rebuilding of the City and serving as Chief of Staff of the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team. Prior to joining the State Department, Tucker was the founding Executive Director of the DUMBO Improvement District, responsible for launching the organization in 2006 that has overseen the flourishing development of that waterfront office and residential district. Previous to his DUMBO position, Tucker was a Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Small Business Services in the Bloomberg Administration.
Tucker holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.S. in Real Estate Development from New York University. He has received numerous awards and recognition including Commercial Observer's 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate and City and State's 40 Under 40. He was a Co-Founder of the Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector and currently serves on the board of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Coro New York Leadership Center and as an adjunct professor at New York University.
Vivian Liao Korich
With a professional background spanning the fields of communications, economic development, and public affairs, Vivian Liao most recently served as Chief of Staff and Managing Director of Programs + Partnerships at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. In her nearly five-year tenure there, she developed and implemented the narrative strategy positioning Downtown Brooklyn as one of the most vibrant downtowns in the nation, supported by the organization’s Webby award-winning website, social media platforms, and year-round programming, including signature events like the Make It in Brooklyn Innovation Summit. She also worked with local communities and organizations to forge innovative partnerships like the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN), a first-of-its-kind academic consortium that aims to strengthen the talent pipeline between higher education and industry.
Vivian previously worked at Edelman, the global public relations firm, managing a diverse roster of nonprofit, academic, and corporate clients. From 2008 to 2010, Vivian was Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where her chief responsibilities included implementation of a strategic communications plan to advance the Bloomberg Administration’s agenda to diversify and strengthen the City’s economy. She also worked several years as a journalist at NY1 News, where she helped produce the top-rated political broadcast “Inside City Hall.”
Vivian holds a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound, where she graduated the top student in the Business Administration department, but she considers herself a storyteller at heart. While obtaining an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, she taught undergraduate courses, worked part-time as a criminal defense investigator, and wrote a historical novel based on the life of her grandfather, a chef who worked for notable figures in China, Taiwan, Iran, and the American Southwest.
J. Manuel Mansylla
J. Manuel Mansylla (manman) is an urban designer at the forefront of a trend to create effective public spaces through rapid, agile transformation. He rose to early success in his home country of Guatemala, where he was tapped to lead an innovative project to revitalize a neglected area of Guatemala City into a contemporary art and tech hub. Working together with both the public and private sector in the creation of the region’s first “special districts,” the project helped transform the area’s brand identity, land use, and public space strategy. Today, Cuatro Grados Norte, is one of the most vibrant destinations in the country, and has one of the highest concentrations of new buildings going up in all of Guatemala City.
After moving to Brooklyn in 2006, manman founded design studio FANTÁSTICA specializing in transformative projects to revitalize underutilized assets and unlock economic potential. Highlights include the creation of the first New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) public plaza in Dumbo’s Pearl Street Triangle, development of the citywide standard for DOT Street Seats with locations in Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, Hudson Yards, and East New York; the design of Downtown Brooklyn’s popular holiday lights display; and design of the outdoor spaces for the new Dumbo Heights development in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle.
He graduated cum laude with a B.A. and M.A. in Architecture from the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala, where he received the department’s highest distinctions for his thesis on Cuatro Grados Norte, as well as an M.S. in Urban Design from Columbia University. In 2005, he was named one of the best Guatemalan architects under 40. He is an accomplished contemporary artist, passionate about working toward a self-sustainable world, and an avid barefoot marathon runner.