Douglas Durst is the Chairman and a member of the third generation to lead The Durst Organization.

Under the leadership of Douglas and his cousin, Jody, the company’s commercial and residential portfolio grew significantly with groundbreaking new developments. The company led the revitalization of Times Square with the development of One Five One West 42nd Street and of Lower Manhattan with the joint venture development of One World Trade Center. The company also oversaw the development of the nation’s first LEED Platinum high-rise office tower, The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park.

Douglas joined Durst in 1968, learning the business from his father, Seymour, and two uncles, Roy and David.

Douglas is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) Board of Governors and previously served as Chairman of the board. He is a board member of The New School and trustee emeritus of The Trust for Public Land. Douglas is involved with the theatrical arts and is a member of the board of directors of The Roundabout Theater and Primary Stages.

In addition, Douglas is a life-long environmental activist. He founded The Model Organic Farm Foundation, a nonprofit organization that operates McEnroe Organic Farm, one of the largest organic farms in New York State. Douglas holds a degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.