As the Managing Director of Rebuild by Design, Chester’s first task was to lead an international design-driven competition that utilized a truly inclusive and collaborative process to create implementable large-scale infrastructure projects to address the physical and social vulnerabilities exposed by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast United States. The process resulted in $930 Million in awards from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to implement the winning designs, which leveraged an additional $2.67 Billion of investments. Under her leadership, Rebuild by Design transformed the competition’s collaborative approach into an organization that helps governments and communities replicate its success for a variety of scales in locations around the world to address challenges such as climate change, transportation, housing, community collaboration and equity. Locally, Chester is responsible for the research and strategic direction that led to New York State’s $4 Billion Environmental Bond Act for climate resilience and ecological restoration, as well as founding the NYS Adaptation Practitioners Network for professionals to share best practices.
此前，切斯特（Chester）曾在纽约市市长迈克尔·彭博（Michael Bloomberg）担任立法事务副市长和高级政策顾问的参谋长。在这些角色中，她负责Planyc的公共参与策略，其中包括诸如百万棵树木运动，拥堵定价和更绿色的大楼计划之类的举措。Chester’s other experiences in New York City government have included positions at the New York City Council, where she successfully ensured the inclusion of affordable housing in large-scale neighborhood rezonings, and at the New York City Housing Authority, where she created development plans to build the Harlem Children’s Zone’s school, and to redevelop a block of non-traditional public housing. Outside of government, Chester’s accomplishments include overseeing the development of a medical home for the Freelancers Union, crafting a democratic process which brought together 5000 New Yorkers for a one-day event to determine the future of the World Trade Center Site called听这座城市，通过M＆R战略服务启动大都会海滨联盟，并从事许多选举竞选活动，包括希拉里·克林顿（Hillary Clinton）获胜的纽约州参议院和巴拉克·奥巴马（Barack Obama）的总统大选。