Joseph A. DeLuca is executive vice president, Americas, of K2 Intelligence and president of Thacher Associates, LLC, K2 Intelligence’s Construction and Real Estate practice, based in New York. Joe works with private- and public-sector clients—ranging from public agencies responsible for public infrastructure projects to large developers and owners—and nonprofit organizations to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse using intelligence-based risk modeling. Tailoring strategies to client needs, Joe develops, designs, and implements strategies built around risk avoidance, investigation, diligence, and auditing.
Joe joined K2 Intelligence through its 2012 acquisition of Thacher Associates—the first firm focused on integrity monitoring and regulatory compliance in the construction and real estate industries—which he co-founded along with Thomas D. (Toby) Thacher in 1996.
Just prior to founding Thacher Associates, Joe served as Assistant Inspector General and Chief of Operations for the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA). Created in 1990, the agency’s main purpose was to rebuild the NYC Public Schools infrastructure and put an end to corruption by removing control of capital projects from the city’s Board of Education.
Under Toby’s and Joe’s leadership, the SCA was hailed by the government and the Kennedy School at Harvard University as a model to replicate in both the public and private sectors.
Joe also spent 10 years as the Chief of Operations of the Construction Industry Strike Force and as Chief of Analysis for the New York State Organized Crime Task Force. Prior to that he was a member of the colonel’s special staff section of the New Jersey State Police.
Joe is recognized as a leading expert on organized crime and racketeering, with specialized knowledge in the construction and carting industries in New York City. He has lectured around the world on the topics of regulatory compliance, procurement fraud and organized crime, and fraud prevention strategies.