Adam Friedman

Executive Director

Adam Friedman is the third Executive Director of the Pratt Center for Community Development and one of New York’s leading experts in building sustainable communities, promoting urban manufacturing and encouraging sustainable business practices. He has more than 30 years of experience in economic development, energy policy and planning, and has particular expertise in providing services to and program development for New York’s manufacturing sector. He was previously Director of Economic Development for Borough Presidents Dinkins and Messinger, has written extensively on economic development and is a frequent public speaker on a variety of issues. He is a founding member and Chairman of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance and board member of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He was the founding executive director of the New York Industrial Retention Network (NYIRN) in 1997, where he led efforts to strengthen the city’s manufacturing sector and promote sustainable development.

Prior to NYIRN, Adam served as Executive Director of the Garment Industry Development Corporation and director of economic development for Borough Presidents David Dinkins and Ruth Messinger. He has taught urban planning courses at Pratt Institute and Columbia University. He is one of NYC’s leading advocates in support of manufacturing and the employment opportunities it nurtures. 

To maintain perspective, mindfulness and connection, Adam has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and is part of a community where he is often a bridge for other practitioners to community and political action.