Dunn Development Corp., founded in 1998, is a full-service real estate development firm specializing in affordable and supportive housing development in New York City.

Dunn Development Corp. oversees all aspects of real estate development, including:

  • Site identification and property acquisition
  • Assembling of the development team
  • Predevelopment coordination
  • Building design and construction document development
  • Securing of private financing and government subsidies
  • Construction supervision and project start-up
  • Ongoing asset management

Dunn Development Corp. and its principal, Martin Dunn, have a long track record of creating innovative new housing models. The firm has extensive experience using numerous City, State and Federal funding programs for affordable housing, and has relationships with a wide range of lenders, equity investors, and other financing institutions. Dunn Development Corp. also has expertise in supportive housing and has pioneered the integration of people with special needs in mainstream settings.

The firm uses only the highest quality architects and general contractors and has set new standards of excellence in affordable housing design and construction. Dunn Development Corp. is also at the forefront of sustainable development, having developed the first two ENERGY STAR rental mid- or high-rise buildings in the United States, and is now incorporating high performance standards and green building technology into each of its projects.

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“Part of what makes Brooklyn great is having socially conscious developers like Martin Dunn. He lives here. He works here. And he is giving back.”

Marty Markowitz, Former Brooklyn Borough President















Martin Dunn, President

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.

Mark Zimet, Director of Development

Mark Zimet joined Dunn Development Corp. after nearly eight years at Volunteers of America – Greater New York, a large non-profit human services organization. Mark started as a Project Manager in the newly created Capital Projects Department and worked his way to become Director of Capital Projects. As Director, Mark was responsible for the overseeing the development of new facilities and the capital investment in the agency’s more than 50 program sites.

While at Volunteers of America, Mark oversaw the development of a number of high-profile projects. He was responsible for the acquisition, financing, design, and construction of the 165th Street Residence, a 10-story pre-war building in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood that was gut-renovated to create 146 apartments, commercial storefronts, and community meeting space. Other large projects included the closeout of a complicated SRO development in Chelsea, implementation of a three-year capital investment plan in the agency’s headquarters building on the Upper West Side, and the design and financing of a 149-bed homeless shelter in Westchester County.

Prior to Volunteers of America, Mark worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and for the re-election campaign of Senator Chris Dodd from Connecticut. Mark received a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 1995 and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990.

Stephen Viafore, Finance Director

Stephen Viafore came to Dunn Development Corp. in January 2010 after working in the non-profit community for 25 years. Stephen started his career in 1985 at the Children’s Aid Society and after four years, took the CFO position at the Association to Benefit Children. During the past eight years, Stephen managed the finances of both the Episcopal Social Services of New York, and most recently, Abbott House, large social service organizations with multiple funding streams.

During the mid-nineties, Stephen gained experience in housing as a consultant for the East New York Urban Youth Corps, where he helped a growing housing development agency establish accounting and internal control systems.

Stephen earned his B.A. from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.

Maggie Poxon, Senior Project Manager

Maggie Poxon came to Dunn Development Corp in October 2004 after ten years at The Doe Fund, an innovative homeless service provider in New York City. Along with agency founders George and Harriet McDonald, Maggie helped design and implement the agency’s award-winning Ready, Willing & Able work and training program for homeless individuals. As Director of Operations, Maggie supervised all aspects of daily operations at The Doe Fund’s administrative offices and program sites and oversaw the expansion of the Ready, Willing and Able program from 70 New York City clients to 650 clients annually in three states.

Additionally, Maggie led the development team for The Doe Fund’s capital projects. She was responsible for the acquisition, financing, design and gut-renovation of the first supportive housing project for homeless persons with AIDS on New York City’s Upper East Side. In 2000 she completed development of a six story, new construction project of 74 studio apartments for formerly homeless individuals in East Harlem.

Maggie earned a B.A. from Columbia College of Columbia University.

Tara Presume, Senior Project Manager

Tara Presume has worked in the community development / affordable housing field for the past eight years and joined Dunn Development in January of 2006. In her prior position as a Community Development Officer at the NYC Local Initiative Support Corporation, she provided financial and technical assistance to nonprofit and locally based developers in the areas of affordable multi-family rental housing, home-ownership opportunities, commercial and community facilities. During her tenure at LISC she has syndicated over 400 units of rental housing ($19 million in tax credit equity) and financed over eighty 1-4 family homes.

As the Assistant Director of Housing Development at East New York Urban Youth Corps, Tara managed the design and development of family and special needs housing from predevelopment through lease-up. As a Vice-President at HSBC Bank Community Development Group, she helped build the community development loan and investment portfolio by proposing and originating lending and investment opportunities.

Tara holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cornell University and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ben Kornfeind, Senior Project Manager

Ben Kornfeind has been a member of the Dunn Development team since February 2003. Ben graduated in 2005 with an M.B.A. and M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia Business School and the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He holds a B.A. in Urban Studies, cum laude, from Columbia College of Columbia University.

Ben has both hedge fund investing and venture capital experience, and has worked with a real-estate development consultant, a Business Improvement District, and a nonprofit group fighting the asthma epidemic in New York City. He is a former crew leader with the NYC branch of Habitat for Humanity.

Christine Yoon, Project Manager

Christine Yoon joined Dunn Development Corp. in November 2012 after working in the architecture and engineering industry for eight years. Previously, Christine acted as the Project Architect for Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP on the R3/45 Clermont Avenue building at the Navy Green development in Brooklyn, and oversaw the construction of both the R3 and Supportive Housing/40 Vanderbilt Avenue buildings. Christine has extensive experience in forensic architecture and building envelope consultation from her time in San Francisco, CA working on rehabilitations, landmark buildings, expert witness litigations, and new construction consultation.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and is LEED AP and CSI CDT certified.

Deborah Newburg, Project Manager

Deborah Newburg joined Dunn Development Corp. in January 2014. In her previous position at St. Nicks Alliance, a not-for-profit community development corporation, Deborah managed the development process for affordable housing projects in Brooklyn with development budgets totaling over $40 million.

Deborah holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown, Deborah was selected to serve as a student attorney for the Harrison Institute for Public Law's clinical program in Housing and Community Development. In addition to her concentration in affordable housing, she gained particular expertise in Historic Preservation Law working with Professor J. Peter Byrne, assisting in the research and drafting of the first legal casebook on the subject. Prior to law school, Deborah was a consultant on real estate development and land use strategy with The Concord Group.

Deborah is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and certified to the New York State Bar (admission pending). Deborah also serves on the Junior Board of United Neighborhood Houses, an organization that promotes the strengthening of neighborhoods through advocacy and support services for New York City's settlement houses.

Alan Leung, Associate Project Manager

Alan Leung joined Dunn Development Corp. as an Associate Project Manager in July 2015. Previously, Alan was a graduate student of urban planning at the New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. While there, Alan was awarded the ANHD/Morgan Stanley Community Development Fellowship, enabling him to work with a local community development corporation implementing priority projects. He was also awarded an Analyst Fellowship at HR&A Advisors, a leading New York City based consulting firm specializing in economic development and real estate advisory.

His past experience includes underwriting 1-4 family home loans at one of the nation's largest privately held mortgage banks, as well as program administration, outreach and coordination at several community based planning and advocacy organizations.

Alan holds a B.A. in Political Science from Reed College and a M.S. in Urban Planning from NYU Wagner.

Kevin A. Billingy, Senior Accountant

Kevin Billingy joined Dunn Development Corp. in November 2014. Kevin has over 15 years of work experience in the not-for-profit sector. He spent the last 10 years at Episcopal Social Services (ESS), a not-for-profit organization that provides an array of preventive and foster care services for children and families in the NYC area. At ESS, Kevin was responsible for overseeing NYC Administration for Children`s Services contracts for serving children and families in need. Kevin earned a BA from Hunter College.