Martin Piazzola joined AvalonBay as a Senior Vice President based in the New York City office directing the company's development activities in the five boroughs of New York City. Most recently he has spear-headed the acquisition of Avalon's two most recent development opportunities in NYC, one locate in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and the other at West 61st Street near Columbus Circle. Additionally, he has overseen the development of the 710-unit Avalon West Chelsea on West 28th Street, which is currently in lease up, and Avalon Willoughby Square, an 825-unit residential building currently under construction in Downtown Brooklyn.

Prior to joining AvolonBay, Mr. Piazzola was Vice President for Lincoln Property Company responsible for identifying, underwriting, acquiring, and developing residential projects in the New York City area. Mr. Piazzola was responsible for assembling and overseeing the design and development of a 22-story luxury condominium project on West 55th Street and a 21-story luxury condominium project on East 85th Street at Second Avenue. Previously, Mr. Piazzola was Executive Vice President of The Clarrett Group, where he assembled and developed several luxury high rise residential buildings in Manhattan including the Post Toscana at East 89th Street and Fifth Avenue, Sky House at East 29th Street and Madison, The Opus at 107th Street and Broadway, Place 57 at 207 East 57th Street and Post Luminaria at 23rd Street and First Avenue.

Prior to his residential development experience, Mr. Piazzola was Vice President of Park Tower Realty responsible for acquiring, financing, leasing, and development of a portfolio of properties in Metropolitan Washington DC, including a 1.6 million-square-foot office development and a 1,200 acre multi-use development project with IBM. Mr. Piazzola earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting at the State University of New York at Binghamton, certified as a CPA and earned an MBA in Finance from New York University. He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York.