REBNY Fortifies Staff With New Talent To Key Positions

-- Paimaan Lodhi, Ali Ruth Davis, Ryan Baxter, and Liliya Magid are

Newest additions to REBNY team --

New York, NY – March 19, 2013 – The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) has fortified its growing staff with the addition of several new staff members to key positions. Paimaan Lodhi, formerly of Manhattan Community Board 10, has taken the position of Vice President of Urban Planning and Ali Ruth Davis, formerly of the Economic Development Corporation, has been named Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs. Ryan Baxter has also joined REBNY as Policy Analyst and Liliya Magid has taken a position in REBNY’s research department.

Paimaan Lodhi has taken on the new role after REBNY’s veteran zoning expert Carol Van Guilder left the Board after 18 years.  Paimaan was initially brought on at REBNY as an Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs, working predominantly on Hurricane Sandy-related issues and responsible for spearheading REBNY’s long-term planning efforts to improve building resiliency and redundancy measures. As Vice President of Urban Planning, his primary role is to research, evaluate, and advise on all major land use, planning and development proposals in the City.  He will also continue his work on Hurricane Sandy-related planning issues.

As Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs, Ali Ruth Davis serves as liaison to elected officials, city agencies and other stakeholders on key issues affecting REBNY members and manages REBNY campaigns related to legislative issues impacting the real estate industry. In her brief tenure, Ali has played a critical role in the formation of a new coalition, Midtown 21C: Coalition for a Globally Competitive NYC, in support of the Bloomberg Administration’s rezoning of Midtown East and oversaw the publication of a critically-acclaimed report, Icons, Placeholders and Leftovers, which analyzed from a historical, architectural and engineering perspectives various proposals to landmark additional buildings in Midtown East. 

“REBNY is pleased to welcome these new staff members to our growing team,” said Steven Spinola, REBNY President, “As always, we are committed to accomplishing the ambitious goals on our annual agenda, and with the help of these talented new additions to our staff, we are even better equipped to work towards reaching those goals.

As a Policy Analyst within the Government Affairs and Management Services divisions of REBNY, Ryan Baxter’s work focuses on liaising with various City agencies and lobbying the State Legislature. Liliya Magid compiles the monthly REBNY broker confidence index as well as coordinating other data tracking efforts.

Prior to joining REBNY, Paimaan Lodhi was District Manager of Manhattan Community Board 10 in Central Harlem and previously served as Urban Planner for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Lodhi holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

Ali Ruth Davis joined REBNY from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she was tasked with overseeing government and community relations for the agency’s Manhattan portfolio of projects. There she managed elected official, non-profit, and community stakeholder relationships, which she will continue to do in her new role with REBNY. Davis holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University in Cambridge, M.A.

Mr. Spinola noted that throughout Carol Van Guilder’s 18 years at REBNY, she took on various trying tasks, from preparing public testimony on REBNY’s position on particular development projects to answering member questions related to zoning and planning issues.

“Carol’s dedication to serving our members will not be forgotten,” added Mr. Spinola. “We wish her well in her future endeavors.”

Prior to joining REBNY, Ryan Baxter worked with Assembly member Dan Quart, where he researched pressing issues and represented Quart at various municipal events. He has also worked in investment banking with Lazard LTD and Gordian Group LLC. Ryan graduated cum laude from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College where he majored in Urban Studies.

Liliya Magid, whose previous experience includes providing market research for L’Oreal, will fill the role of Research Analyst. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Rutgers University.

About The Real Estate Board of New York

The Real Estate Board of New York is the city’s leading real estate trade association with more than 13,000 members.  REBNY represents major commercial and residential property owners and builders, brokers and managers, banks, financial service companies, utilities, attorneys, architects, contractors and other individuals and institutions professionally interested in the city’s real estate.  REBNY is involved in crucial municipal matters including tax policy, city planning and zoning, rental conditions, land use policy, building codes and legislation.  In addition, REBNY publishes reports providing indicators of market prices for both the residential and commercial sectors. Please visit us online at

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