Principal, Bloomberg Associates
Adam Freed leads Bloomberg Associates' Sustainability Practice, where he helps cities craft and implement sustainability strategies that go well beyond the environment— cutting costs, protecting health, and creating jobs. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Adam was the deputy managing director of The Nature Conservancy's Global Water Program, where he helped cities have safe, sustainable, and reliable water supplies. From 2008–2012, he served as deputy director of the NYC Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability, overseeing the implementation of PlaNYC and related sustainability initiatives and developing the city's first climate resilience program. As part of PlaNYC, NYC planted 1 million trees, enacted aggressive green buildings legislation, achieved the cleanest air quality in over 50 years, launched a $2 billion green infrastructure program, and lowered its GHG emissions 19%. Adam was also an assistant comptroller in the Office of the New York State Comptroller, where he worked on economic development issues and crafted corporate governance strategies for the State's $150 billion pension fund. Adam is a lecturer at Columbia University and a member of the NYC Water Board. He received his master's in urban planning from NYU and was a Mel King Community Fellow at MIT.