Lisa Bova-Hiatt is currently the General Counsel of the CUNY Construction Fund and Executive University Counsel of CUNY. Prior to joining CUCF and CUNY, she worked as a disaster recovery consultant in the United States Virgin Islands and Texas, focusing on policy and housing in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey.
Ms. Bova-Hiatt served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), created by Governor Cuomo in August 2013 to oversee New York State’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. GOSR managed New York State’s $4.4 billion grant made available through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program to better prepare New York for future extreme weather. Ms. Bova-Hiatt also served as GOSR’s General Counsel and Acting Chief Operating Officer, playing an integral role in helping the agency carry out the reconstruction of over 12,000 homes and hundreds of infrastructure projects.
Prior to GOSR, Ms. Bova-Hiatt, spent 19 years at the New York City Law Department. Serving as the Deputy Chief of the Tax and Bankruptcy Litigation Division, she specialized in the acquisition of property by eminent domain, in rem tax foreclosures, and real estate titles. She also served in the Bloomberg Administration as a Legislative Representative in the Office of City Legislative Affairs, and on the leadership team assembled by Mayor Bloomberg to address emergency and long term needs on Staten Island in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.