Brookfield Asset Management, Inc.
John E. Zuccotti served as the Chairman, Global Operations, Brookfield Asset Management Inc., and of Counsel in the real estate department of the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. He died on November 20, 2015 at age 78.
Zuccotti has had a distinguished career in city and federal government. Serving as First Deputy Mayor of the City of New York under Mayor Abraham D. Beame from 1975 through 1977, he played a key role in saving the city from collapse during the fiscal crisis. Mayor John V. Lindsay appointed him to the New York City Planning Commission in 1971 and then named him Chairman in 1973, a position he held until 1975. He also served as Chairman of Mayor Edward I. Koch’s Advisory Committee on Police Management and Personnel Policy, was a member of the Mayor Koch’s Advisory Task Force on the Homeless, and Chaired Governor Hugh L. Carey’s Task Force on the future of the World Trade Center in 1981.
In Washington, he was Assistant to Robert C. Wood, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Special Counsel to the Housing Subcommittee of the House Banking and Currency Committee, and Secretary and Counsel to the National Corporation for Housing Partnerships. Zuccotti also served as Assistant to Senator Jacob K. Javits.
Zuccotti has specialized in planning, housing, real estate and municipal law. Prior to joining Brookfield, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Olympia & York Companies. He was previously a partner in the law firm of Brown & Wood from 1986 to 1990, and a partner in the law firm of Tufo & Zuccotti from 1978 to 1986. He has played a leading role in the development process of major residential and commercial projects in the New York metropolitan area, and helped develop planned communities in such diverse places as Reston, Va. and a Navajo reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico. He has lectured on planning and development at numerous institutions including The New School for Social Research, Harvard, Columbia and Yale, and was appointed to the faculty of both Yale and Columbia law schools as an Adjunct Professor. Zuccotti has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1974 and has been an honorary member of The American Institute of Architects since 1975.
Zuccotti was born on June 23, 1937 in Manhattan, son of Angelo and Gemma Zuccotti. He graduated from Princeton University in 1959 and received his law degree from Yale University Law School in 1962. He was an officer in the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, Susan, in Brooklyn, New York. They have three children and eight grandchildren.