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Mr. Ricks has served as Chief Executive Officer since June 2022 and has decades of experience leading projects and teams in the real estate, infrastructure and technology spaces across the private and public sectors.
Mr. Ricks spent the past four years as President and Chief Operating Officer of Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet’s urban innovation platform (which has since been integrated into Google), where he oversaw the company’s operations, organization, commercialization efforts, and investments. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Development at Vornado Realty Trust, the largest owner of office and retail space in New York City, where he led public-private partnership projects including the transformation of the district surrounding New York City’s Penn Station. Prior to joining Vornado in 2015, Mr. Ricks was Head of Commercial Strategy, Industry Verticals at Bloomberg L.P. where he helped lead the company’s web-based information business.
Previously, Mr. Ricks worked for the City of New York, most recently in 2013 as Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Chief Operating Officer for the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, where he helped lead the City’s resiliency planning in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. He also worked in New York City’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding, first as a senior policy advisor and then as chief of staff working with all City economic development agencies and helping to design PlaNYC, the comprehensive 2007 plan to achieve sustainable growth. Between his roles with the City of New York, he spent more than five years as a member of the investment team within Goldman Sachs’ Infrastructure Investment Group. He began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Ricks served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for The Friends of Governors Island and continues to serve as a board member. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.