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David Malmuth

Partner, I.D.E.A. Partners LLC

With business partner Pete Garcia, David Malmuth heads I.D.E.A. Partners LLC, which aims to transform part of the East Village into a district for innovation, design, education and the arts. The firm is spearheading a downtown mixed-use project with Lowe Enterprises. IDEA1, a six-story mixed use project, was scheduled to open in December 2017. He also heads his own eponymous firm. His earlier involvement with transformative urban projects included the redevelopment of the New Amsterdam Theater in New York’s Time Square, when he managed corporate real estate for the Walt Disney Co., and development of the Hollywood and Highland project in Los Angeles.

ALMA MATER: Claremont McKenna College, Stanford University

PASSION: Leading projects that catalyze positive change, unleash optimism and drive prosperity.