Martin Dunn is a leader in the field of housing and community development in New York City. Over the last 22 years, Martin has been involved in the development of more than 3,000 units of new housing. Since 1998, he has been President of Dunn Development Corp., a socially conscious, award-winning real estate developer with expertise in affordable and supportive housing. Martin is also an active advocate on housing and homelessness issues in New York City and New York State.
Dunn Development Corp.’s mission is to build the highest quality housing for low and middle-income New Yorkers, including those with disabilities and other special needs. Dunn Development Corp. has created innovative financing and program models that are highly regarded in the affordable and supportive housing fields. In addition to general affordable and mixed income housing, Dunn Development Corp. has developed new initiatives to serve the homeless, people with psychiatric disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS and people with developmental disabilities. Dunn Development has also been at the forefront of incorporating sustainable design and green building into affordable housing and developed the first two ENERGY STAR rated mid or high-rise buildings in the United States.
From 1993 to 1997, Martin was the Executive Director of the East New York Urban Youth Corps, which at the time was one of New York City’s most dynamic and successful non-profit community development corporations. From 1989 to 1992, Martin held senior program and management positions at the Association to Benefit Children.
Martin has a B.A. in Political Science from Cornell University. He received the prestigious Reebok Human Rights Award in 1990 for his work with the Association to Benefit Children. He serves on the Boards of Hour Children, which serves incarcerated women and their children, the Supportive Housing Network of New York, the New York State Association for Affordable Housing and the Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council; he also serves on the Executive Committee of Housing First! and the Leadership Council of Cambodian Living Arts. From 1995 to 2003, Martin served as a Board Member of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, from 1998 to 2004 he was the Chair of Forefront Activists, an innovative international human rights organization he co-founded and from 1998 to 2006 he was a founding Board Member of Neighbors Against Garbage, an environmental justice organization in Brooklyn.