Board of Directors

Cheryl Adolph
Ms. Adolph is the Executive Director for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at the College of Staten Island, a four-year, senior college of The City University of New York. She also serves as the executive director of the CSI Foundation, Inc. Ms. Adolph is the former president and chief executive officer of the Staten Island Museum, having worked nearly 20 years in the arts and culture sector, and also has experience in the technology infrastructure solutions industry. She holds a BA in English literature from Southern Illinois University, where she completed three years of postgraduate studies in English literature. Ms. Adolph also holds certificates in Developing Leaders and Senior Leaders Programs for Nonprofit Professionals from Columbia Business School Executive Education.

Shirley Aldebol
Ms. Aldebol is Vice President and Division Director of SEIU Local 32BJ. She directs field operations for the New York Metro Commercial and Schools Divisions, and is responsible for preparing and overseeing the budget of the Division, and oversees a team of field managers and field representatives. Ms. Aldebol is a graduate of Barnard College.

William A. Candelaria
Mr. Candelaria is a partner at DLA Piper LLP, specializing in corporate finance matters and capital markets transactions. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as a supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Candelaria served as law clerk to Judge Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Los Angeles. He is admitted to practice law in California and New York.  Mr. Candelaria is the current Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.  He has also served as a Trustee of The Public Theater and on the boards of directors of Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund and the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund.

Wilton Cedeno
Mr. Cedeno is the Director of State Regulatory Affairs for Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison), where he develops and implements internal and external communication strategies and advocacy related to state energy policy. Since 1993, he has worked at Con Edison, serving as Director for Information Resources and General Manager for Staten Island Electric Operations, among other positions. He sits on the board of the Brooklyn Technical High School Alumni Foundation and is a recipient of the Defining Trends in Latino Culture (DTM) Trendsetter Award in recognition of his work with the community and excellence in his position at Con Edison. Cedeno founded the Cooperative Technical High School Intern Program which enables high school students to work at Con Edison. Mr. Cedeno is a graduate of Columbia University.

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. She is the former 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 J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Dr. Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán
Dr. Cordero-Guzmán is a professor at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is also a professor in the Ph.D. programs in sociology and urban education at the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Cordero-Guzmán has published academic research and taught graduate courses on issues related to education, labor markets and employment, non-profit organizations, microfinance, international migration, poverty, and inequality, economic and community development, race and ethnic relations, and social policy. Before joining The School of Public Affairs at CUNY, Dr. Cordero-Guzmán worked as a program officer in the Economic Development and the Quality Employment Units of the Asset Building and Community Development Program at The Ford Foundation. He received his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of Chicago.

Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez

Ms. Cortes-Vazquez is a Senior Advisor to Mayor de Blasio. In September 2015, she joined Emblem Health as Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations and Government Affairs. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President for the American Association of Retired People (AARP). Prior to joining AARP, Ms. Cortex-Vazquez was Secretary of State in New York from 2007 to 2010 – the first Latina to service in that role. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College and her Master of Arts degree from NYU, Graduate School of Public Administration.

Mitchell Draizin
Mr. Draizin is the founder and CEO of Longview Capital Advisors, Inc., which serves as investment and mortgage banker to NYC-based mid-market real estate developers, operators, and owner users. He serves on the board of various national nonprofits, including the Congressional Award Foundation, the New Leaders Council, the State Innovation Exchange, Truman/CNP Security Project, the Williams Institute at UCLA, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC. He co-founded, with CUNY, its LGBT Leadership Program. Mr. Draizin has created a co-curricular high school senior and university financial empowerment course, which he is currently volunteer-teaching at Hunter Science High School and also offering as a certificate course at CUNY.

Robert E. Englert
Mr. Englert is the Director of Land Use, Planning, and Infrastructure at the Office of the Staten Island Borough President and a member of the Mayor’s Staten Island Growth Management Task Force. He is a registered architect in the states of New York and New Jersey. His professional experience includes the practice of architecture, urban design, site planning, interior design, space planning, and governmental approvals including NYC and NYS regulating policies and compliance for land use-related reviews. He was formerly President of the American Institute of Architects, Staten Island Chapter and Principal of Englert & Norton Architects and Scarano & Englert Architects. He received his undergraduate and professional degree in architecture from The City College of New York.

William S. Floyd
Mr. Floyd is head of external affairs for Google New York, leading Google’s government and regulatory interactions, public affairs programs, and community relations. Before joining Google, he was a member of the Law Offices of Claudia Wagner and a Senior Advisor in the Government and Regulatory Affairs Division of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Mr. Floyd has served as Executive Director of the New York City Districting Commission and as Director of Community Affairs for New York and Connecticut for Verizon Communications Inc. He spent nine years working in New York City government, including at NYCEDC. He is an active member of several non-profit boards, including the Little Red/Elizabeth Irwin School and the Children's Museum of the Arts. Mr. Floyd is a graduate of Columbia 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. Before 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.

Matthew Hiltzik

Mr. Hiltzik is the Founder and CEO of Hiltzik Strategies, providing a wide range of communications services including strategic counsel, crisis management, and corporate positioning. Hiltzik previously held roles as the President and CEO of Freud Communications and as Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Relations for Miramax Films. He also served as Press Secretary/Deputy Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Committee, having worked on campaigns for Sen. Charles Schumer and former Sen. Hillary Clinton. Mr. Hiltzik is a graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) at Cornell University and Fordham University School of Law.

Joshua Levin
Mr. Levin is the director of business development at the Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. He oversees Brooklyn’s 22 business improvement districts, spearheading policy initiatives while advising small businesses and collaborating with city agencies and nonprofits to deploy economic development programs. Mr. Levin received his Bachelor of Science in public affairs from Indiana University and his Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado.

Tanya Levy-Odom
Ms. Tanya Levy-Odom is the Director of Investor Relations for Time Inc. She is responsible for communicating with existing and prospective investors and key influencers, including buy-side and sell-side analysts as well as corporate governance contacts. Before joining Time Inc., she was a Vice President/Domestic Equity Analyst for Alliance Growth Equities, a subsidiary of Alliance Bernstein, responsible for equity forecasting and stock selection in the consumer sector. She received her MBA in finance from Fordham University and her undergraduate degree in banking and finance from Hofstra University.

David Lichtenstein
Mr. Lichtenstein is Chairman and CEO of The Lightstone Group, one of the largest privately held real estate companies in the United States. Since its founding in 1988, he has directed all aspects of the acquisition, financing, and management of Lightstone’s diverse portfolio of multi-family, hospitality, retail, and industrial properties. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, and Co-Chair of the Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee. Mr. Lichtenstein is a founder of the Friendship House, an organization that provides housing for families of sick children and adults in the Greater New York City area.

James McSpiritt
Mr. McSpiritt was recently named the first Archdiocesan Housing Chief Executive Officer of the Archdiocese of New York responsible for the housing work undertaken by Catholic Charities affiliates, the Association for New York Catholic Homes and the New York Institute for Human Development.  He had been Chief of the New York City Law Department's Economic Development Division, which plays a central role in advising and negotiating major development projects for the City. Before returning to the Law Department, where he previously had 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.

Dr. Gail O. Mellow
Dr. Mellow has served as President of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City since 2000. Under Dr. Mellow’s leadership, LaGuardia is pioneering new approaches to educating and graduating under-represented students and leveraging education to support the growth of local businesses and job creation. On a national level, she is actively involved in promoting the role community colleges play in spurring economic growth while developing both education and career ladders for students. Before joining LaGuardia Community College, she served as President of Gloucester County College. Dr. Mellow is a graduate of Jamestown Community College, SUNY Albany, and The George Washington University. 

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 her Master’s Degree from the Hunter College School of Social Work.

Patrick J. O’Sullivan, Jr.
Mr. O’Sullivan is a partner at Herrick, Feinstein, LLP where he advises clients on a range of real estate matters, including development projects, acquisitions and dispositions and financings. Prior to Herrick, Mr. O’Sullivan was a senior attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.  Previously, Mr. O’Sullivan served as Executive Vice President and Head of the Real Estate Transactions Group at NYCEDC for seven years. Prior to NYCEDC, Mr. O'Sullivan spent five years advising clients on corporate and securities law matters in private practice. Mr. O’Sullivan is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Mark Patricof
Mr. Patricof is the founder of Patricof Co, a highly specialized merchant bank designed to meet the needs of a select group of athletes and sports professionals. The firm is backed by J.P. Morgan Private Equity Group (PEG). Previously, Mr. Patricof served as Co-Head of the TMT (Technology, Media, Telecom) practice at Houlihan Lokey, a publicly traded global investment bank to whom he sold his previous firm, MESA Global, a boutique merchant bank focused on providing M&A advisory, private placement, and structured finance services in media and entertainment. He is a Senior Advisor to Crestview Partners, a member of the Boards of Directors of Hornblower Cruises, NEP Broadcasting, and Piano Media, and Board Chair for the New York-based nonprofit, New Heights.  Mr. Patricof is a graduate of Emory 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. For over than 50 years Accion has helped to build 63 microfinance institutions in 32 countries that today reach millions of people living in poverty. Before leading Accion, Mr. Schlein served as President of Citigroup’s International Franchise Management, was Chief of Staff at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and served in economic development positions under Mayors Koch and Dinkins. Mr. Schlein has graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and serves as Chairperson of NYCEDC’s Board.

Matthew S. Washington
Mr. Washington is a Deputy Borough President in the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. He is responsible for the capital and expense funding programs and is office liaison for all Manhattan economic development projects. He is the former Board Chair of Community Board 11 in Manhattan and served on the boards of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and El Barrio’s Operation Fightback among many other nonprofit organizations. Before his current role, Mr. Washington was Deputy Director of External Affairs at The Durst Organization. He is a graduate of Alfred University.

Timothy A. Wilkins
Mr. Wilkins is a corporate partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he advises leading the US and international corporations on cross-border mergers and joint ventures and serves as the Co-Chair for the New York Office’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He is an Adjunct Professor of International Law at Hunter College, and founding Chair of the Steering Committee of The Opportunity Agenda, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding equal opportunity. Prior to joining Freshfields New York, he worked for 11 years in Tokyo, Japan as an investment banker and lawyer. Mr. Wilkins serves on the Board of Directors of New York City Global Partners, The Public Theater, and the New York City Bar Fund. Mr. Wilkins is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School.

Betty Woo
Ms. Woo is the chief of the Economic Development Division at the New York City Law Department. She joined the Law Department in the Commercial and Real Estate Litigation Division in 1995 and then moved to the Economic Development Division in 2001, where she became senior counsel in 2004 and then deputy chief in 2011. During her tenure in the Economic Development Division, Ms. Woo has worked on many complex real estate and other commercial transactions including the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, the Hudson Yards development, and the management of the airports. Prior to the Law Department, Ms. Woo was a litigation associate at the firm of Mandel and Resnik. She has a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

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. A graduate of St. Olaf College, she was also the founding President and CEO of the Housing Partnership Development Corporation.