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President and Chief Executive Officer
Blondel A. Pinnock is the President and CEO of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC), the nation’s first and oldest Community Development Corporation. She is the first woman to hold that position in BSRC’s 55 year history. Prior to joining BSRC, Ms. Pinnock served as Chief Lending Officer for Carver Federal Savings Bank, the largest publicly traded black-managed bank in the US at that time. There she was the first woman to hold the title of Chief Lending Officer and President of Carver Community Development Corporation.
Blondel is a panelist and thought leader and has worked consistently in the area of wealth creation and economic mobility for the BIPOC community for close to 30 years. In 2018 she started her consulting company, BP Capital Strategies, LLC.
Ms. Pinnock earned a B.A. in History and Sociology from Columbia University and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, and is a graduate of FleetBoston Financial Credit Analysis Training Program. She currently resides in Westchester County and has son who recently graduated from college.
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Dyrnest K. Sinckler, who grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization and the implementation of capital programs. He directs and coordinates activities of the corporation and aids the CEO in formulating and implementing policy.
Prior to joining Restoration in 2002, Mr. Sinckler served in the public sector for over 20 years, most recently as the Deputy Commissioner of Management and Budget in the New York City Department of Investigation.
Mr. Sinckler received his BS from St. John’s University and an Executive MBA from Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Fran Carlson has over 20 years of progressive business consulting, fiscal management and executive management experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.
A seasoned accounting and finance executive, she combines her financial strengths with broad business experience in community development, economic development, commercial real estate and housing development, and asset management.
Prior to joining Restoration in 2008, she served as a Fiscal and Executive Management Consultant to non-profit organizations. She has also worked as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer at Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City.
Executive Vice President, Economic Initiatives & Real Estate Development
Takisia L. Whites joined Restoration in 2023 to lead and oversee initiatives related to small, minority and women owned business throughout Central Brooklyn through financial inclusion, technical assistance, network expansion and capital access.
With 20 years of experience working with public and private sector stakeholders to provide affordable housing and economic development solutions. She began her career as a land-use planner and housing specialist for the Bronx Borough President’s Office. Before joining New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), Ms. White was President of Carver Community Development Corporation at Carver Federal Savings Bank Inc., where she managed more than $250 million New Markets Tax Credit portfolio of transformative development projects in the New York City area.
Takisia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Hampton University and a Master of Science degree in urban policy analysis and management from The New School’s Milano School.
Executive Vice President, Chief Advancement Officer
Renée Jenkins joined Restoration in July 2021, providing strategic guidance for all Restoration’s fundraising, including managing the development, communications and marketing department, and providing strategic direction and focus to Restoration’s CEO and Board.
Ms. Jenkins has over two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector and recently served as Vice President of Partnership and Advancement at the National Urban League.
Ms. Jenkins received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Morgan State University and participated in the highly competitive American Express Leadership Academy, a leadership development program for emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector.
Executive Vice President, Arts & Culture and Executive Director, Billie Holiday Theatre
Shadawn has had a stellar career in New York City’s government and non-profit sectors due to her success as a mediator and advocate. She worked for the NYC Department of City Planning, New York City Council, The Met Museum, and the NYC Tourism + Conventions (formerly NYC & Company).
In 2023, she accepted the dual role of ED of The Billie Holiday Theatre & EVP of Arts & Culture for Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation. She serves the community in various leadership roles. She graduated from SCSU, Virginia Tech, and Columbia University’s SIPA. Her
favorite role in life is “Auntie.”
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