Hope Knight, ’96

President and CEO
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation

Hope Knight

Hope Knight, ’96, is president and CEO of Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC), a community-building organization that plans, promotes, and advances sustainable real estate development to revitalize Jamaica, Queens, and to strengthen the region.  

Knight has led many efforts at the intersection of private, public, and nonprofit sectors to advance historically disadvantaged communities. Prior to GJDC, Hope was chief operating officer of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, a vice president at Morgan Stanley in the Institutional Equities Division in the US, a vice president of strategic planning and e-commerce at Morgan Stanley, Japan, and the director of management, planning, and analysis in the commissioner's office of the NYC Department of General Services.  

Knight serves on a number of boards focused on eradicating poverty, stimulating economic development activity, and providing access to high quality educational experiences, including Grameen America, Morgan Stanley New Markets Corporation, Regional Plan Association, TruFund Financial, and East Harlem Tutorial Program. Knight is also the immediate past chair of the board of trustees of Marymount Manhattan College and is a member of the Urban Land Institute and New York Women Executives in Real Estate.  

In 2015, Knight was appointed to the New York City Planning Commission, in which she supports planning for equitable economic expansion, strengthening housing affordability, and increasing job growth in New York City.  

Knight has been featured in a number of media outlets including Crain's New York Business “Asked and Answered” and “2018 Notable Women in Real Estate,” and the Commercial Observer, “Meet Hope Knight, the woman at the center of Jamaica’s transformation.” In 2018, Knight was ranked second on City and State Magazine's “Most Influential People in Queens” list, “Queens Courier Power” list, and “Top 15 Movers and Shakers in Queens.” Knight is featured with Carla Harris in a podcast entitled “Access and Opportunity, A Master of Urban Renaissance,” available on iTunes and Google Play. 

Knight has a BA from Marymount Manhattan College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  

Knight will be facilitating the "Keys to Evolving Your Board: Driving Long-term Success" session.