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John Banks | REBNY President
John H. Banks, III is the President of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the City’s leading real estate trade association with more than 17,000 members including major commercial and residential property owners and builders, brokers and managers.
Since his appointment in 2014, REBNY has achieved significant accomplishments in advocating for fair and important legislation to protect and promote the public policy interests and investments of the real estate industry, addressing critical issues surrounding affordable housing, illegal short-term rentals, transportation, sustainability, rezoning and landmarking, among many others.
Banks has frequently been featured by the New York Daily News, The New York Observer, Crain’s New York Business and City & State on their annual lists of most influential New Yorkers.
Prior to his appointment as President of REBNY, John served as Vice President of Government Relations at Consolidated Edison Inc. where he spent 13 years managing the company’s government affairs activities as they relate to policies proposed or enacted by the city, state or federal governments. During that time, he also served as Vice Chairman of the New York City Charter Revision Commission in 2010 and worked on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s transition in 2013.
Before Con Edison, Banks worked as the Chief of Staff for the New York City Council, where he directed activities for the legislative body from 2000 to 2002. He also managed the Council’s 360-person staff, organized the Council’s agenda, and negotiated with the mayor’s office regarding budget and legal matters.
In 1999, Banks served as Director of Government Relations at Con Edison after working for the legislative branch of government as the Deputy Director of The New York’s City Council’s Finance Division. His responsibilities included briefing and testifying before the Council on fiscal policy matters, negotiating the city’s budget on behalf of the City Council, and managing a staff of 40 financial analysts. During his tenure at the Council, Banks earned a Master’s Degree of Public Administration from Baruch College.
Banks’ first role in government was working for New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch in the Mayor’s Office of Operations after graduating from Manhattan College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government. He was promoted from Investigator to the position of Operations Analyst, where he was tasked with reviewing, monitoring, and preventing potential corruption in city administrative tribunal agencies.
Banks serves on the boards of the New York Public Library, The Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection and Manhattan College.
He is a resident of Pelham Manor, where he lives with his wife and two children.