John Young has been the Director of New York City Department of City Planning’s Queens Office since October 2000. He has shaped numerous planning initiatives that build upon the borough’s strengths of its broad and diversified economy and highly appealing and growing neighborhoods. These efforts primarily have focused on supporting expanding economic and mixed-income housing opportunities in three important regional centers – Long Island City, Jamaica, and Flushing. Current neighborhood planning efforts in the LIC Core and in Downtown Far Rockaway seek to promote housing production and affordability, foster job growth and workforce development and coordinate public investments in infrastructure and services to support current demands and future growth. In South Queens, two neighborhood rezonings are underway to support more resilient redevelopment and enhance continued community vitality. And working with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and other city agencies, the Jamaica Now Action Plan, is rolling out 21 key initiatives identified through a community engagement process in order to help transform Jamaica into a more attractive and affordable destination to live, work and visit. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of City Planning’s Manhattan Office, from 1997 to 2000. He holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia.