April 19, 2018

Amazon HQ2

NYU Washington, DC and the New York City Urban Fellows Program, a competitive program that introduces recent college graduates to public service through a 9-month working experience within NYC municipal government, co-sponsored an early afternoon panel discussion on Amazon HQ2.

The discussion was open to current students attending NYU DC, the 25 visiting Urban Fellows, and is also open to the public. The panel included Joseph Parilla, Fellow at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, Tom Ikeler, Principal and Chief Investment Officer at P.N. Hoffman, Megan Randall, Research Analyst at the Urban Institute, and Sarah Holder, Fellow at the Atlantic's CityLab. NYU DC's current lecturer Victoria Kiechel was the moderator.

The cohort of 25 fellows hailing from universities across the nation, working within Mayoral offices and City agencies will be discussing the following topics of interest:

  • Why are municipalities eager to bring Amazon to their area (what would they give to get in return)?
  • What does the search demonstrate about the state of local economies?
  • What are the consequences of public tax breaks or other favorable policies for private corporations?
  • How might Amazon HQ2 shape future discussions about corporate expansion on the local level?
Sarah Holder

Sarah Holder

Tom Ikeler

Tom Ikeler

Joseph Parilla

Joseph Parilla


Megan Randall

Victoria Kiechel

Victoria Kiechel (Moderator)

Victoria Kiechel, Faculty, NYU DC ; Professorial Lecturer School of International Service, American University

Victoria Kiechel has 20 years of professional experience in architecture, education, and sustainable design. A practicing architect, she works for the Cadmus Group, Inc., an environmental consultancy, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Global Environmental Politics Program, the School of International Service, American University (AU), in Washington, DC. In 2010, she was the inaugural recipient of AU’s Most Innovative Green Teacher of the Year award. At Cadmus, Vicky has worked for the US Green Building Council to develop and support the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating Systems; advises the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR commercial and industrial branch; leads consulting and review teams for buildings seeking LEED certification; and manages sustainability initiatives for clients as diverse as the Smithsonian Institution and state and local governments. She is project manager and technical lead for the 2012 redevelopment of ENERGY STAR for Buildings training resources. Her Cadmus research work includes her roles as primary author of Planning and Financing Energy Efficient Infrastructure in Appalachia, for the Appalachian Regional Commission (released March, 2012), and co-Principal Investigator of Cadmus’ Water Management and Green Building Rating Systems 2009-2010 study for the Electric Power Research Institute. Her architectural design work focuses on small-to-medium scale residential and institutional projects. For the Washington, DC Capitol Hill School Libraries Project, she designed the library for Maury Elementary School.