NYCEDC Board of Directors

Tony Barsamian
Mr. Barsamian is the publisher of the Queens Gazette newspaper chain, owns GN Printing, and is the president of Future Properties, Inc. and of Service Advertising Group. He is the publisher of the Pennysaver, the Queens Dollarsaver, the Halsey Junior Gazette, and is a member of the New York Press Club. He is a graduate of Queens College.

Rev. A.R. Bernard, Sr.
Rev. Bernard is the founder and pastor of Christian Cultural Center, a ministry and not-for-profit organization with over 30,000 members. He is the president of the Council of Churches of the City of New York, which represents 1.5 million Protestants, Anglicans, and Orthodox Christians. He has previously served as president of the Christian Men’s Network. He is one of the founders of the Christian Renaissance Corporation, established to foster urban revitalization through an alliance of church and para-church organizations.

Sharon Y. Bowen
Ms. Bowen is a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP where she practices corporate law, specializing in finance and securities transactions including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate restructuring, and venture capital financing. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her juris doctor and master of business administration degrees from Northwestern University. She currently chairs the Board of Northwestern Law School. Appointed by President Obama, Ms. Bowen serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors for the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

William A. Candelaria
Mr. Candelaria is a partner at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, specializing in corporate transactions, private equity, and capital markets. He was previously a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and before that at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP. He received his undergraduate and master of arts degrees from Stanford University and a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Candelaria served as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Los Angeles. He is admitted to practice law in California and New York.

Angela A. Chao
Ms. Chao is the deputy chair of Foremost Group, an international shipping organization. She formerly worked as an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney. She received an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School. She also serves on the boards of The Foremost Foundation and The Chao Family Foundations.

Marlene Cintron
Ms. Cintron is president of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC), which provides incentives and assistance to new and expanding firms in the Bronx. Among its activities, BOEDC is an SBA 504 lender (only one of two in New York State) and is in charge of the Bronx Empowerment Zone fund. Ms. Cintron was previously the executive director of the Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus of the New York State Senate and has worked in a variety of roles in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors. Ms. Cintron received an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Old Westbury, a master’s degree from the Fordham University School of Education, and a juris doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Anthony W. Crowell
Mr. Crowell is the dean and president of New York Law School. Prior to assuming this role in 2012, he was counselor to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, serving as counsel, senior management, and policy advisor to the Mayor, as well as general counsel to the Office of the Mayor. He served as special counsel to the Mayor from 2002 to 2006. From 1997 to 2002, he served as assistant corporation counsel in the New York City Law Department's Tax & Condemnation and Legal Counsel Divisions. In 2001, he directed the City's World Trade Center Death Certificate Program, and was counsel at the City's Family Assistance Center, aiding families of victims of the 9/11 attacks. During his tenure in City government, he worked on a broad array of economic development issues. He first joined New York Law School in 2003 as an adjunct professor and continues to teach the New York City Law Seminar and Workshop. He was also an adjunct professor for twelve years at Brooklyn Law School. Dean Crowell is Board Chair of the Brooklyn Public Library, the nation's fifth largest library system. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and American University's Washington College of Law.

Kai D. Feder
Mr. Feder is the Director of Capital Budget and Economic Development at the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, where he manages economic and workforce development, business services, and the Borough President’s discretionary capital budget. He received his undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of San Francisco.

Alan B. Friedberg
Mr. Friedberg is the President of Alan B. Friedberg Investment & Development Corp., an owner, operator, developer and manager of apartment, hotel and commercial real estate in Manhattan, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. He was Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Charles H. Greenthal & Company, Inc. and is a recipient of the lifetime achievement award by the Associated Builders and Owners of New York City. Mr. Friedberg is on the Board of the Educational Alliance, a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for the needs of all races and religions. Mr. Friedberg has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and as a member of the Advisory Board of the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission. He is a graduate of New York University.

Alicia Glen
Ms. Glen is the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development of the City of New York. She was previously Managing Director and Head of the Urban Investment Group for The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Deputy Mayor Glen was New York’s Assistant Commissioner for Finance at the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development from 1998 to 2002 and served as an attorney with Brooklyn Legal Services from 1993 to 1996. Deputy Mayor Glen is a graduate of Amherst College and Columbia Law School.

James McSpiritt
Mr. McSpiritt is the Chief of the New York City Law Department’s Economic Development Division, which plays a central role in advising the City and negotiating major development projects. Prior to returning to the Law Department, where he had previously served in the Economic Development Division and as Deputy Chief of the Municipal Finance Division, Mr. McSpiritt was Corporate Vice President and General Counsel of the Phipps Houses Group, the nation’s largest non-profit developer, owner and manager of affordable housing. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

Melva M. Miller
Ms. Miller is the Director of Economic Development at the Office of the Queens Borough President, where she advises and provides assistance to small businesses throughout Queens and leads a borough-wide workforce development initiative to support economic development. She received a Master’s degree from the Hunter College School of Social Work.

Mario J. Palumbo, Jr.
Mr. Palumbo is a Partner at Millennium Partners, where he manages commercial assets comprising a $2 billion real estate portfolio, as well as investments in the luxury fitness business. Mr. Palumbo received an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from Stanford University.

Shaifali Puri
Ms. Puri is the Executive Director of Scientists Without Borders, a web-based initiative that aims to improve the quality of life in the developing world through the coordination and mobilization of science-based, capacity-building efforts. Prior to Scientists Without Borders, Ms. Puri was Senior Advisor to the President & Chief Operating Officer of the Empire State Development Corporation. She also served as Assistant Solicitor General for the State of New York Attorney General. She received an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School. Ms. Puri is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Frank Randazzo
Mr. Randazzo is the Public Administrator of Bronx County. He formerly worked at the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC), the economic development consultant to the Bronx Borough President’s Office, as a Senior Manager of the organization and as the Director of the Bronx portion of the New York Empowerment Zone. Prior to that he was a partner at the law firm of Pino & Associates, LLP, and prior to that he was an Assistant District Attorney in the office of the Bronx District Attorney. He received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University and his law degree from the Albany Law School of Union University.

Mark E. Russo
Mr. Russo is President of Russo Picciurro Maloy (RPM) Insurance Agency, Staten Island’s largest and oldest independent insurance agency, established in 1886. RPM also provides commercial real estate and mortgage services throughout the tri-state area. Mr. Russo joined the firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1994. He manages company relations as well as sales, marketing, and advertising.

Michael Schlein
Mr. Schlein is the President and CEO of Accion, a global non-profit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world. Over more than 50 years, Accion has helped to build 63 microfinance institutions in 32 countries that today reach millions of people living in poverty. Prior to leading Accion, Mr. Schlein served as President of Citigroup’s International Franchise Management, was Chief of Staff at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and served in economic development positions under Mayors Koch and Dinkins. Mr. Schlein has graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Schlein is the Chairperson of NYCEDC’s Board.

Robert J. Strang
Mr. Strang is the Chief Executive Officer of Investigative Management Group and is one of the world’s leading corporate investigative specialists, serving major financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, large law firms, and high net-worth individuals and families. He began his law enforcement career in 1979 with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, DC, graduating from the Department of Justice’s Special Agent Basic Training class in December 1980, and serving as a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration until 1989. At that time, he formed the firm Strang Hayes with a fellow agent, with whom he also founded Investigative Management Group in 2003.

George Twill
Mr. Twill is the CEO and President of Twill Realty LLC. He is responsible for the management and operations of the company's core businesses, which include real estate advisory services, commercial office and retail leasing, acquisitions and sales, and strategic planning. Prior to the formation of Twill Realty LLC, Mr. Twill was President of CSFB Realty Corp. Before joining CFSB, he was President of DLJ Realty Services, Inc., where he represented Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, leasing commercial office space globally. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University.

Rev. Reginald Williams
Rev. Williams is the Pastor of Charity Baptist Church, Inc. and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Addicts Rehabilitation Center Foundation, Inc. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Public Administration degree from American International College, and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Manhattan Bible Institute.

Kathryn S. Wylde
Ms. Wylde is the President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit organization of the City’s business leaders dedicated to maintaining New York City as a center of world commerce, finance, and innovation. She previously was the founding President and CEO of the Housing Partnership Development Corporation. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College.

Alfred J. Youngwood
Mr. Youngwood is Of Counsel at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and a former chair of the firm and its Management Committee. Mr. Youngwood joined the firm in 1964 and became a partner in 1970, focusing on acquisitions, reorganizations, and financing involving both American and foreign business organizations through the use of corporate and partnership structures. He received an undergraduate degree from Yale University, an LL.B degree from Harvard Law School, and was a Fulbright Scholar in international taxation at the London School of Economics.

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