Debra Kustka, Chief Operating Officer

Debra Kustka

Ms. Kustka brings over 25 years of public sector management experience to her role as Chief Operating Officer (COO)/Vice President of Operations. She will oversee the island’s day-to-day functions as well as manage the Corporation’s various administrative and operational departments. Debra has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a Masters degree in urban planning from New York University. She also holds certificates from NYU and Rutgers University in Facilities & Public Works Management, is a licensed landscape architect in New York and New Jersey, and is a certified planner. Prior to joining RIOC, Debra began her career with the NYS Department of Transportation (SDOT) holding various positions including an assignment to Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Route 9A project with a focus on urban design and bikeway issues. This work led to her joining Hudson River Park, where she served as Vice President of Operations leading day-to-day park operations and providing strategic direction for physical and logistical development of the high-profile public space and 4.5-mile linear waterfront park.