Robert Perris became district manager of Community Board 2 two weeks after Forest City Ratner Companies announced Atlantic Yards, so the project has always been there. Robert Perris worked for borough presidents Howard Golden and Marty Markowitz prior to his current position. While still in college, he was the lead author of the Williamsburg Waterfront 197-a Plan, a community-based plan for housing development, industrial retention and creation of new public open space.