Tenzing moved to NYC in 2001. An architect and architectural preservationist by training, his graduate thesis focused on community engagement in the preservation of local heritage in Nepal and the Hopi Reservation and continues to inform his work. He is very process driven and always seeks ways to make them more efficient. Early in his career, Tenzing worked as a housing counselor for Chhaya CDC providing direct services to low-income South Asian tenants in Queens. He returned to Chhaya, a decade later as the Interim Executive Director to ensure a smooth transition from the founding Executive Director.
Tenzing also had many roles at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. He headed the Historic Preservation Grants Program and oversaw the disbursements of a Federal grant to low-income homeowners, reviewed work on historic buildings and was solely responsible for developing close working relationships and expediting permits for work on religious properties throughout the city. In his most recent position as the Director of Funding Agreements at EDC, Tenzing oversaw a team with an active portfolio of hundreds of capital projects and was responsible for the department’s accurate and efficient implementation of these projects.