Bed-Stuy Is One Step Closer to Getting a Massive New Development Designed by Sir David Adjaye
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Innovate the Future Benefit Gala
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Join us in celebrating our commitment to supporting 60,000 Central Brooklyn residents each year with critical financial literacy and economic mobility services.
Colvin W. Grannum served as president of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (“Restoration”) from March 2001 until his retirement in June 2022. Restoration, the nation’s first community development corporation, was founded by community leaders and U.S. Senators Robert Kennedy and Jacob Javits in 1967. Restoration owns operates a 300,000 square foot commercial and cultural center, and provides programs and services in the areas of affordable housing, arts and education, commercial revitalization, youth and workforce development, and weatherization. Before embarking on his career in community development, Colvin practiced law for over 17 years in the public and private sectors. Colvin earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He serves on numerous boards, advisory committees and commissions dedicated to improving the quality of life for the residents of Central Brooklyn, in particular, and the borough of Brooklyn at large.
An accomplished entrepreneur and a prominent voice within the local brokerage and business communities, Tricia Lee is the founder and leader of the highly talented Tricia Lee Team at SERHANT. After breaking into the industry with record-breaking numbers, Tricia and her Brooklyn-based team have since done more than $200M in sales in a little over five years, helping buyers, sellers, and developers achieve their real estate goals throughout the city.
Tricia Lee is a proud Brooklyn resident with immense knowledge and appreciation of the borough’s history and the revitalization of its neighborhoods. Tricia’s firsthand knowledge of the Brooklyn market stems not only from being a long-time resident of the borough, but also from owning and operating her very popular chain of nail and beauty bars, Polish Bar Brooklyn, for over 10 years in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights. As a well known business owner and active member of the business community, she is a founding member of the Myrtle Avenue Merchants Association (MARP) and serves on the Board of Directors for Myrtle Avenue Redevelopment Project She has also been a speaker on Marketing with Black Enterprise Small Business Expo.
Tricia is highly invested in improving and giving back to her community, regularly organizing and running events that support, educate, and empower women in real estate and other small businesses. Her event series, Money Matters with Tricia Lee, focuses on financial wellness and features guest speakers and experts. She also leads a Bed-Stuy Small Business Saturday and a Shopping Crawl. She has contributed to financial education events such as Chase & Essence magazine’s Currency Conversations and Bank of America and Her Agenda’s Financial Workshops.
Tricia is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Brooklyn Museum, and Brooklyn Academy of Music, and she sits on the Board of Advisors for Clinton Hill’s V-ELMS.
Lorna Simpson is an American Photographer and Multimedia Artist. Her works have been exhibited at and are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Haus der Kunst; Munich amongst others. Important international exhibitions have included the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, Documenta XI in Kassel, Germany, and the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. She was awarded the J. Paul Getty Medal in 2019.
Born in Brooklyn, Simpson received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. She first became well-known in the mid-1980s for her large- scale photograph-and-text works that confront and challenge narrow, conventional views of gender, identity, culture, history and memory. With unidentified figures as a visual point of departure, Simpson uses the figure to examine the ways in which gender and culture shape the interactions, relationships and experiences of our lives in contemporary America. In the mid-1990s, she began creating large multi-panel photographs printed on felt that depict the sites of public – yet unseen – sexual encounters. Over time she turned to film and video works in which individuals engage in enigmatic conversations that seem to address the mysteries of both identity and desire.
Maurice DuBois co-anchors CBS2 News at 5 and 11 p.m. He joined CBS New York in September 2004.
DuBois has covered everything from local news to national political conventions, to AIDS in South Africa, to Papal transition at the Vatican, to witnessing a double execution. He has anchored numerous live breaking news stories, and moderated debates for New York City Mayor and Congress. He has also hosted multiple specials on topics ranging from kids and violence, to breast cancer, to ticker-tape parades and telethons. A Long Island native, DuBois spent seven years at WNBC-TV before joining CBS.
DuBois has won several journalism and community awards, including five Emmys. He’s also won honors from The Associated Press, The New York State Broadcasters Association, and The New York Association of Black Journalists, which recognized him as a Trailblazer. He serves on the non-profit board of NY City Center, and previously served at PENCIL, Susan G. Komen for the Cure/NYC, and The Northside Center for Child Development.
DuBois is a graduate of Northwestern University, has four Honorary PhDs, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two sons.
Erika is Citi’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and Global Head of Talent, responsible for developing global diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and driving Citi’s agenda on talent planning, succession planning and leadership development. Prior to joining Citi, Erika was Chief Diversity Officer at Goldman Sachs from 2018 to 2021 and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Bloomberg from 2015 to 2018.
Prior to this, she led executive and diversity hiring efforts at Bank of America and Lehman Brothers. Erika’s background includes a range of banking and finance roles, including Head of Business Development for Black Entertainment Television, Senior Associate in High Yield Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley and Senior Policy Analyst for Domestic Finance for the United States Department of the Treasury. She began her career as an Analyst in Public Finance at Lehman Brothers.
Erika is Vice Chair of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and serves on the Board of the Riverside Hawks. Erika earned a BS in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
David G. Offensend (born 1955) is the president and chief executive officer of the global nonprofit Education Development Center. He joined EDC after 10 years as the chief operating officer at the New York Public Library (NYPL). Offensend received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He was replaced at NYPL by Iris Weinshall.
He was a co-founder of Evercore Partners and was senior advisor to the private equity business when he left in 2004 to join the New York Public Library, where he stayed until 2014. Prior to that, he worked for the Texas investor Robert M. Bass and Lehman Brothers. He is a trustee of Princeton University.
Depelsha McGruder is chief operating officer and treasurer of the Ford Foundation’s executive leadership team in New York, overseeing the global operations and finance for the $13 billion foundation.
McGruder joins the foundation from New York Public Radio (NYPR), where she served as chief operating officer, overseeing internal operations and strategic planning for WNYC, WQXR, Gothamist.com, the Greene Space, and New Jersey Public Radio since 2018. McGruder also served as interim CEO for six months during a transformative leadership transition. During her tenure, McGruder led NYPR in strengthening the organization, cultivating a vibrant, values-driven culture, and improving key processes and systems. She also partnered with senior leadership to chart the course of local news, talk, cultural programming, and digital content to build a sustainable future for NYPR amidst a rapidly changing media landscape.Prior to her role at New York Public Radio, McGruder spent 17 years at Viacom in senior leadership positions at both MTV and BET Networks. During her tenure, she launched mobile, broadband and video-on-demand businesses for MTV. She also developed and operated two new cable television networks with programming designed to serve underrepresented Latino, African American, and youth audiences, resulting in triple-digit increases in audience growth and revenue. McGruder started her career as a broadcast journalist, working as an on-air reporter, anchor, and producer for two commercial television stations in Georgia. A mother of two, McGruder is also the founder and president of Moms of Black Boys United and M.O.B.B. United for Social Change, two sister organizations dedicated to positively influencing how black boys and men are perceived and treated by law enforcement and in society. Since their founding in 2016, the efforts have given birth to a national crusade that has instilled hope, empowerment, and an unwavering commitment from moms of black sons and beyond to take action. McGruder holds a BA from Howard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Stein currently serves on the boards of Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: DCOM), where he serves as Audit Committee Chairman, and Ocwen Financial Corp. (NYSE: OCN), where he serves as Risk and Compliance Committee Chairman. He was previously Chief Executive Officer and a director of EJFA and a Senior Managing Director of EJF Capital LLC until June 2022. Prior to joining EJF Capital, Mr. Stein served as Chief Executive Officer of Resolution Analytica Corp., a buyer of commercial judgments, since co-founding the business in 2017 with KCK US, Inc., a family-controlled private equity firm. Mr. Stein was previously a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group of Barclays until 2016. Prior to joining Barclays in 2011, Mr. Stein served as a Partner and Depositories Group Head at FBR & Co., as an executive of GreenPoint Financial Corporation, a bank holding company, and as an Associate Director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Mr. Stein also served as a director of PHH Corporation from June 2017 until its acquisition by Ocwen in October 2018. Mr. Stein is Audit Committee Chairman and has served since 1996 as a Director of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Mr. Stein received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
Wayne Winborne is executive director of the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) at Rutgers University-Newark, the largest and most comprehensive archive and library of jazz and jazz-related materials in the world.
Winborne is also an assistant professor in the Arts, Culture, and Media department and is a frequent presenter on jazz, art and culture, democracy, civic engagement, racial reckoning, non-profit management, and race and intergroup relations. He has numerous publications and is editor of a three- book series on race and intergroup relations.
He is a consultant to corporate, small business, and non-profit clients on strategic planning, fund development, DEI, multicultural marketing, and dialogue facilitation. Winborne has produced several recordings for the MaxJazz, HighNote, Satchmo, and Savant labels. He has also written and produced short documentaries and has won a Cine Golden Eagle award and two Telly awards for Insider Game and Insider Game 2, which focused on Hispanic Americans in corporate board rooms. The short documentary Stepping Up examined caregiving among jazz musicians was an official selection of DOCNYC 2016, the nation’s largest documentary film festival.
He has been honored by the Feminist Press with its Crossing Borders award, the Brooklyn Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., with its Man of Distinction award, the Asian American Federation of NY with its Spirit of Asian America award, by FraserNet with its Corporate Professional of the Year award, and by the National Council for Research on Women with its Diversity Champion Award.
Winborne holds degrees from Stanford and New York University.
Kerry Kennedy is President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. She is the proud mother of three daughters, Cara, Mariah, and Michaela. A human rights activist and lawyer, she authored New York Times best seller Being Catholic Now, as well as Speak Truth to Power and Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope.
Kerry, the seventh of Ethel and Robert F. Kennedy’s eleven children, has devoted more than 40 years to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the preservation of the rule of law. She works on a range of issues, including child labor, women’s rights, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, criminal justice reform, immigration, impunity, and environmental justice.
She has led hundreds of human rights delegations in support of these causes.
Under Kerry’s leadership, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights partners with the bravest people on earth to create lasting change.
She appears regularly as a commentator on national and worldwide television networks, and is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines.
Kerry served as Chair of the Amnesty International USA Leadership Council for over a decade. She serves on the board of directors of the United States Institute of Peace, Human Rights First, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, Laureate and Leaders, Nizami Ganjavi International Center, HealthEVillages, as well as RFK Human Rights’ numerous international chapters. She is on the Advisory Committee for the Association of American Indian Affairs, the Albert Schweitzer Institute, Sankofa, San Patrignano, and the Center for Victims of Torture.
Kerry has received high honors from President Lech Walesa of Poland for aiding the Solidarity movement, The Humanitarian award from the Congress of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, and many other honors.
A member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars, she is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School. She holds honorary doctorates of law from Le Moyne College, University of San Francisco Law School, and University of New Caledonia, and honorary doctorates of Humane Letters from Bay Path College and the Albany College of Pharmacy.
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