Kate Wittels


Kate focuses on how to best shape places, train people, and deliver infrastructure to prepare today’s cities for tomorrow’s opportunities.


Kate advises governments, developers, and businesses on leveraging technology and forging connections to create districts, workforces, and economies that are ready for the future. From New York to Sydney, she has structured strategic plans, public-private partnerships, policies, and programs to help her clients grow tech and innovation ecosystems in cities around the world.

Working at the company, district, and city scales, Kate helps her clients leverage technology for economic development.  At the company scale, Kate’s clients include some of the leading tech and creative companies including Airbnb, WeWork, LinkNYC, and the Motion Picture Association of America. Kate authored the seminal study on the New York City Tech Ecosystem, which demonstrated the size and depth of New York’s tech talent pool and supported many of the city’s tech-focused economic development initiatives.  At the district scale, Kate guided the development of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan which is credited with fueling Brooklyn’s growth as a tech hub and established the development framework for the Providence  Innovation and Design District Framework. At the city scale, Kate supported the City University of New York’s efforts to expand the number of students working in the tech ecosystem.

Kate has also managed many of HR&A’s most complex projects including the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s 200-acre Sunnyside Yard Overbuild Feasibility study; MTA and Westfield’s public-private management partnership of the $1.4 billion Fulton Center; and David Beckham’s efforts to develop an MLS soccer stadium in Miami.

Prior to joining HR&A, Kate served as a Director of Corporate Real Estate for Sony where she managed real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and lease activity for various business groups for a portfolio that included 20 million square feet of retail, office, industrial and manufacturing. Kate earned a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Member, Urban Land Institute