Jeet Gulati ’13 has been awarded the HPD/HDC Housing Fellowship after a national search of accomplished master’s and law graduates. Moira Skeados ’09 was awarded the same two-year fellowship in 2009.
“I am honored to have been selected as a Fellow for the 2013-2015 program,” said Gulati. “This opportunity provides me with a tremendous foundation for a career in affordable housing law, as well as the chance to serve this great city.”
Sponsored by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC), the HPD/HDC Housing Fellowship is designed to expose participants both to the inner workings of New York City government and to the field of affordable housing, with the goal of developing the next generation of City leadership. The Fellows interact closely with housing policymakers through site visits, lectures, hands-on policy work, conferences, and mentoring.
In his first year as a Fellow, Gulati will rotate through three four-month placements, learning firsthand about HPD’s efforts to revitalize neighborhoods through financing and new construction, rehabilitation, code enforcement, housing litigation, and outreach and loans to private owners. In the second year, he will commit his time to a specific program area for a more in-depth experience. At the end of the two-year period, Fellows typically secure positions within HPD or HDC or continue working in the field at other agencies or organizations.
A 2010 graduate of the City College of New York, Gulati said he realized his interest in affordable housing, community development, and sustainable building law as a student in Professor Debbie Bechtel’s Corporate and Real Estate Clinic. In the Clinic, Gulati had the opportunity to meet HPD lawyers and other BLS alumni in the affordable housing field. The experience inspired him to pursue a career in line with HPD’s mission of promoting quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers, he said.
“We are so proud of Jeet for obtaining this high-profile fellowship,” said Professor Bechtel. “His commitment to finding affordable housing solutions on behalf of the moderate- and middle-income New Yorkers really came through in his work in the Clinic, and obviously in the application for the Fellowship.”
Gulati’s previous legal experiences includes private practice and public interest internships with Michael Levitt & Rubenstein LLC, MetLife, Silverstein Properties, The Legal Aid Society, and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, as well as a judicial internship with Judge Arthur D. Spatt in the Eastern District of New York.
Gulati graduated with a Certificate in Real Estate Law and became certified earlier this year as a LEED Green Associate by the Green Building Certification Institute. During law school, he served as president and treasurer of the Environmental Law Society, and also was a member of the South Asian Law Students’ Association and the newly revived Real Estate Law Society.