Linda Chiarelli is a tested and respected veteran of the construction world and has been involved in various roles in the construction process over the past thirty years, including work as an engineer on both design and construction management together with fifteen years of construction contract and litigation work. She is a graduate of The Cooper Union School of Engineering and Brooklyn Law School.

Prior to joining NYU, Linda was the Deputy Director of Construction at Forest City Ratner Companies. She was involved in all facets of the development process including negotiations with government entities, environmental impact statements, condemnation issues, architectural and construction agreements, project management, dispute avoidance and project closeouts. While at Forest City Ratner, she was instrumental in crafting the legal arrangements for some of the company’s more complex projects, including the Kings County Supreme Court and the New York Times Headquarters. She oversaw the construction of the Barclays Center, a prominent part of the Pacific Park (formerly Atlantic Yards) development. The project – which created a home for the Brooklyn Nets – was noted for its complexity of construction in a dense urban environment, as well as for the community relations challenges it posed.