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Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Todd Arena is a finance attorney serving financial institutions in a wide range of matters, including representation before regulatory bodies. His practice focuses on the project financing of wind and solar farms. In 2015, Todd was also a recipient of Lawyers Alliance for New York’s Cornerstone Award for his pro bono work with community development financial institutions, particularly credit unions. Todd joined the NYC REIC at its April 2015 meeting. He believes that, through the design of governance structures that ensure member control, cooperative financial institutions can build-in the values of democratic community control, balance citywide and local decision making, and collapse tensions and conflicts of interest traditional financial institutions suffer from. He is active in the REIC U workgroup and the Governance Committee.
Jackson Heights, Queens
With over 25 years of experience internationally as curator, producer, project manager, working in museums, galleries and alternative spaces, and with non-profit organizations, and large international consortia, as well as editor, translator, writer in contemporary art, film, architecture, Adele has a range of skills including organizational, people and teambuilding skills, and strategic, planning, marketing and fundraising ideas for the benefit of institutions. With a background in psychology and film studies, she has been devoted to social issues and human rights for most of my life and career. The most relevant experience she brings to the Steering Committee is as Former Chair and Board member of Amnesty International Hungary, for a period of eight years. In that capacity, she worked closely in a team on strategy to guide the organization and its advocacy campaigns, on outreach and program evaluation. As Chair, she led two director searches, and also took part in conflict mediation and resolution. She joined the NYCREIC in May 2015, and has been a member of the Public Building Inventory Group (PBIG), as well as working on the Newsletter team, giving her a broader overview of the process of all the workgroups up to now. In the PBIG, she has been researching and doing community outreach around the Coney Island Pumping Station, and she gave testimony for its landmarking status at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). She is committed to the values and ideas underpinning the REIC, and is honored to be a part of the body guiding its next phase.
David Glick is an architect and urban designer, with nine years experience on cultural, educational, and public space design projects. He also holds a Master’s degree in Urbanism from Harvard University, where he studied real estate, urban politics, and participatory planning, with a research focus on innovative community based initiatives in Europe. By highlighting keys to success from other examples he is inspired to dream about what is possible, while tethering this optimism to lessons learned from what has not worked. Extending these interests to the REIC naturally led him to the role of facilitator for the Case Studies + Inspiration workgroup, where he has championed internal education as critical to ensuring we are making informed decisions. As a member of the interim facilitation team since its infancy, David’s experience brings valuable continuity to the steering committee. One of his top priorities is fostering greater collaboration between workgroups; an effort he’s made wide-ranging contributions to over the past two quarters. David is passionate about tackling technical challenges by helping to bridge a dialog between members with specialized expertise (legal, real estate, community organizing, etc.), and is committed to a participatory process that is transparent and inclusive. He is enthusiastic about working together toward a board structure and our first project!
Sam Gray is a lawyer serving small businesses and entrepreneurs in New York City. His practice focuses on business formation and governance as well as contract drafting and negotiation. Sam is also a legal fellow with the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) focusing on developing legal resources for people and businesses working in the new economy. Sam joined the REIC at its first meeting and has been involved ever since, serving on the Project Vetting Working Group as well as the Governance Working Group and Facilitation team. He hopes to use his professional experience as well as the amazing resources available at SELC to help the REIC grow and fulfill its goal of providing permanently affordable commercial space in New York City. Sam is focused on communicating with the existing working groups to create a plan for getting the REIC ready to make its first investment within six months from being elected.
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Mara Kravitz is a partner in Matriarch Development, where she is managing the development of a mixed-use building in her hometown of Pelham, NY. She also champions resident stewardship of land to build more just and equitable cities as Director of Partnerships at 596 Acres, NYC’s community land access advocacy organization. She enjoys biking, learning, organizing, dancing, making art and gardening. She loves the city because being all together here makes each of us less limited. If structural injustice is possible, so is its opposite.
Oksana has been involved with the REIC since May 2015, as a co-facilitator of the public building inventory group and a member of the steering committee. She has a background in affordable housing, non-profit fundraising, data analysis, writing, advocacy, and research. Oksana is interested in: ensuring a democratic and transparent governance process for the REIC; developing a sustainable financing mechanism for the permanent preservation of affordable commercial/industrial properties in NYC; developing partnerships with stakeholders in communities where we will invest; and building a membership base that reflects the racial, ethnic, and economic makeup of NYC as a whole.
K is a born and raised Harlemite. She has strong concerns about what is happening in her community such that the cultural character is changing so that it doesn’t look like Harlem anymore. She wants to see the cultural integrity of places across NYC maintained. She believes that things can be done to keep cultural character strong in Harlem, Chinatown, and the many places that make New York what it is and that made people want to come here. She has a strong concern that, when communities are heard, that they are not considered less intelligent than anyone else; if uptown wants something different than downtown wants, those needs should be understood as what makes those communities special. As a member of the Steering Committee, she brings this position so that folks will remember it. She ran to ensure that the committee is diverse not just in terms of race but also in terms of age.
The NYC REIC elected a Steering Committee at the January 28, 2016 All Member Meeting. As outlined in its charter, the purpose of the Steering Committee is to govern the NYCREIC and create the capacity necessary for it to fulfill its goal of securing affordable space for community and cultural use in NYC.
In particular, the Steering Committee was democratically empowered by members to form a legal entity for the REIC, draft REIC bylaws that outline a more permanent governance structure, propose those bylaws for ratification by the general membership of the REIC, and carry out other rights and responsibilities outlined in the charter (the charter was created in winter 2015 by the governance workgroup).
In 2017, Steering Committee incorporated a nonprofit that can govern our money in accordance to cooperative principles, with help from incredible lawyers from Lincoln Square Legal Services. The Steering Committee then became the NYCREIC’s Founding Board. Here are the coop’s bylaws.
- Nov 14, 2016
- Nov 6, 2016
- Oct 26, 2016 – All-Member Meeting
- Oct 18, 2016
- Oct 3, 2016
- Sept 21, 2016
- July, 28 2016 – All-Member Meeting
- July 3, 2016
- July 19, 2016
- Referenced doc: June 28, 2016 legal entity proposal
- June 12, 2016
- Referenced doc: June 1, 2016 Coop Description Memo
- June 5, 2016
- May 22, 2016
- May 7, 2016
- April 19, 2016 – Lincoln Square Legal Services presentation to SC
- April 10, 2016
- Mar 29, 2016
- Mar 12, 2016
- March 7, 2016 – All-Workgroup Meeting
- Feb 27, 2016
- Feb 15, 2016
- Feb 6, 2016