Kaye Matheny, Principal, HR&A Advisors

Kaye Matheny, Principal, HR&A Advisors

HRAKaye Matheny is a leader at the intersection of policy, housing, and urban development. She is driven to strategically and continually make cities high-quality, diverse, and affordable places to live and work.

At HR&A Advisors, she has helped lead recovery and resilience programs in New York and across the country. With the New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, Matheny led five Queens communities through the first round of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, a six-month community-led planning effort to generate comprehensive neighborhood resilience plans. She is now working on New York Rising’s second round in communities in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Matheny is also working on 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, an initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation to build resilience capacity and strategies in 100 cities around the globe. She has led large stakeholder workshops in Norfolk, Virginia; El Paso, Texas; and Los Angeles and is working closely with Norfolk’s chief resilience officer to establish an actionable strategic resilience plan. In addition, she is supporting the Rockefeller Foundation in designing and implementing a national capacity-building initiative to support the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition, helping local and state governments create innovative project proposals and compete for $1 billion in federal funds.

Before joining HR&A, Matheny served as chief of staff and deputy commissioner for strategy and operations at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), where she led the mayor’s adAPT initiative, a competition to build the city’s first micro-unit building, and coordinated HPD’s response to Hurricane Sandy, including the agency’s internal recovery.
Kaye is an active volunteer with the NYC HOPE Homeless Survey and New York Cares organizations. She received a Master of Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from Ohio State University.