GGA Board Member
Vice President and Director of Aviation, New York Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
David Hopkins serves as Vice President and Director of Aviation at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Note: (Affiliation provided for identification purposes only).
Hopkins represents the City of New York on aviation related issues and is responsible for on-going coordination and negotiations with the Port Authority under the terms of the master lease for Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports; overseeing policies related to EDC’s aviation assets such as the Downtown and E. 34th St. Heliports in Manhattan.
David leads the City’s policy efforts at the state and federal level to ensure that the New York region’s air traffic congestion and delay issues continue to be addressed. And he works to implement policies and programs that strengthen aviation related businesses and industries in the City, including overseeing a study of the air cargo industry. In previous work at EDC, David helped launch the successful East River Ferry service.
Earlier in his career, David worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation, where he ran the Government Relations and Communications group in the Seattle office. He also served as the transportation policy analyst for King County Executive Ron Sims and worked for the King County Council and for Metro Transit. In New York he has worked for BFJ Planning and for the New York City Comptroller.
He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/History and a master’s degree in Regional Planning. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.