In May 2020, Douek was appointed by the President of the United States to serve as a Member of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, and by recommendation of The Speaker of The House was reappointed by the President of the United States in 2023.
A businessman and philanthropist, Joseph Douek was originally appointed to the New York City Planning Commission by Borough President Martin Markowitz in 2012, and was reappointed by Borough President Eric L. Adams in 2017, and by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2021.
NYC Commissioner Douek, currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of Viceroy Equities, an investment and management firm based in Brooklyn. Among other initiatives, Viceroy Equities has invested in Opportunity Zones, with the goal of spurring development in several areas throughout Brooklyn.
Douek got his start selling wholesale photography supplies and went on to become the owner and CEO of Willoughby’s, New York’s oldest photography retailer. Douek has also served on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, as well as the Board of Directors for the New York City Industrial Development Agency. Douek has served on the Board of Trustees for several non-profit entities, including the Brooklyn Public Library and the Jewish Children’s Museum. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.