amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Donald A. Capoccia


Joined the amfAR board in October 2002. Co-chairs the board development committee and serves on the fund development committee. Expertise in real estate planning, development, and construction.

Mr. Capoccia is the managing principal of BFC Partners, a real estate developer and builder based in New York City. BFC has focused on the development, construction, and management of affordable housing since its founding in 1980. Mr. Capoccia has worked closely with the city, state, and federal governments in numerous public/private partnership models that have delivered thousands of new housing units across the five boroughs. The company recently broadened its work by leading the development of a number of large-scale mixed-use and office/retail projects. These include Empire Outlets, New York City’s first retail outlet center on the Staten Island waterfront; and Essex Crossing, which is under construction in Manhattan’s East Village and will become one of the city’s largest retail, office, housing, cultural, and community facility projects. BFC also recently established a preservation division that is acquiring and rehabilitating thousands of units of existing and occupied affordable housing in some of New York City’s most distressed communities.

Mr. Capoccia sits on the governing board and executive committee of the Real Estate Board of New York, and in 2010, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed him a member of the Battery Park City Authority. He has been a longstanding supporter and governing trustee of amfAR, and is a board member of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, a New York City/East Village-based cultural organization founded in 1961 by Ellen Steward. Mr. Capoccia earned a B.A. in urban affairs from the University of Buffalo in 1978, and a masters in urban planning from Hunter College in 1980.

Managing Principal and Founder, BFC Partners. He and his husband, Tommie L. Pegues, live in New York City.