Community Development 360°

Pratt Center celebrates its 50th anniversary with a series of three policy salons that will explore the evolution of community development in New York City, and how the movement is confronting the myriad challenges and opportunities our city faces today.

 

This series is made possible by the generous support of Citi Community Development and Con Edison of New York.

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Community Development in a Global City

Adam Friedman | Moderator

Adam Friedman is the Director of the Pratt Center for Community Development

Adam Friedman is the Director of the Pratt Center for Community Development and is one of New York’s leading experts in building sustainable communities, promoting urban manufacturing, and encouraging sustainable business practices. He was the founding Executive Director of the New York Industrial Retention Network (NYIRN), which worked with more than 1,400 small manufacturing firms during his ten-year tenure before it was consolidated into Pratt Center.
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Cecil D. Corbin-Mark | Panelist

Cecil D. Corbin-Mark is the Deputy Director/Director of Policy Initiatives

Cecil D. Corbin-Mark is the Deputy Director/Director of Policy Initiatives at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, the first environmental justice organization in New York City. He is the former Vice-President of his neighborhood association, and the former Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Committee of his Community Planning Board. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Northeast Environmental Justice Network.
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Jack Doyle | Panelist

Jack Doyle has served as Executive Director of New Settlement Apartments

Jack Doyle has served as Executive Director of New Settlement Apartments, a not-for-profit housing and community service organization located in an under-served area of the southwest Bronx, since 1995. The organization has a 20-year track record of active commitment to neighborhood revitalization and community development, including working towards excellence in community public schools. Before his current position, he served for 18 years at the American Red Cross of Greater New York, most recently as Administrator for Services to Homeless Families.
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Wendy Fleischer | Panelist

Wendy Fleischer is an independent consultant

Wendy Fleischer is an independent consultant in the areas of community development and environmental sustainability and health. She is the Donor Representative for the New York City Change Capital Fund, a collaborative of 17 funders supporting community organizations to interrupt poverty in the city’s lowest income neighborhoods, and the administrator for the NYC Housing and Neighborhood Recovery Donor Collaborative, which pooled the resources of financial and philanthropic institutions to increase resiliency in neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
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Douglas Nam Le | Panelist

Douglas Nam Le is the Chief of Staff for the New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Douglas Nam Le is the Chief of Staff for the New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency. In his previous role as the Director of Policy and Leadership Development at Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), he was responsible for community-based planning, participatory research, policy advocacy, coalition-building, and leadership development programs. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
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Economic Development for a Just City

Brad Lander | Moderator

New York City Council Member Brad Lander is a former director of the Pratt Center for Community Development.

Brad Lander has served as the New York City Council representative for District 39 since 2010. Brad has fought successfully to reform discriminatory practices in the NYPD, win living wage jobs and paid sick days for low-wage workers, to protect manufacturing jobs in New York City, and to reform tax and zoning regulations to create affordable housing for low-income and working class New Yorkers. Prior to serving in the City Council, Brad was Director of the Pratt Center for Community Development and the Fifth Avenue Committee.
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Maria Torres-Springer | Panelist

Commissioner, New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS)

Maria Torres-Springer is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS). As Commissioner, Torres-Springer has focused SBS’s work around three key pillars: creating good jobs, stronger businesses, and a fairer economy. Before being appointed Commissioner of SBS, Torres-Springer served as the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
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Graham Macmillan | Panelist

Director, Citi Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Partnerships

As Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Partnerships at Citi, Graham is responsible for working with Citi businesses to drive economic and social impact with clients and other key stakeholders while contributing to Citi's broader Citizenship reporting requirements. Previously, Graham was Senior Program Officer for Financial Inclusion at the Citi Foundation where he managed the Foundation's international grantmaking program in nearly 90 countries while also leading investments in innovation, thought-leadership and research. Prior to Citi, Graham was Senior Director of VisionSpring, a leading social enterprise selling consumer products to promote economic development.
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Michelle Neugebauer | Panelist

Executive Director, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

Michelle Neugebauer is the Executive Director of the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC). Michelle has been with CHLCDC since 1984, and has led her team in planning and carrying out all of the organization’s major program initiatives, including CHLDC’s work in public education reform, building affordable housing, community organizing, and supporting young people and their families. She is also a member of the Boards of Directors of the United Neighborhood Houses and the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD).
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Equity, City Government, and the Community Development Movement

Melissa Mark-Vierito | Panelist

City Council Speaker

Melissa Mark-Viverito serves as the Speaker of the New York City Council, representing the 8th District (East Harlem and the South Bronx). She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and worked for over a decade in local activism, nonprofit organizations and labor before being elected to the City Council in 2005. During her career in the City Council she has served as Chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation, founded the Progressive Caucus, and pioneered the first-ever Participatory Budgeting process in New York City.
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Adam Friedman | Moderator

Director, Pratt Center for Community Development

Adam Friedman is the Director of the Pratt Center for Community Development and is one of New York’s leading experts in building sustainable communities, promoting urban manufacturing, and encouraging sustainable business practices. He was the founding Executive Director of the New York Industrial Retention Network (NYIRN), which worked with more than 1,400 small manufacturing firms during his ten-year tenure before it was consolidated into Pratt Center.
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