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November 18, 2014


Tribeca Rooftop
2 Desbrosses St., NYC, 10013

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Margaret Anadu

Margaret is a managing director in the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs, where she routinely makes game-changing investments in underserved communities throughout New York. Margaret has sparked the creation and preservation of thousands of units of affordable housing and brought schools, health care facilities, food markets and other vital community resources to the New Yorkers who need them most.

Christopher Ward

Christopher Ward, who now serves as executive vice president at Dragados USA, is the former executive director of the Port Authority and a past commissioner of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. With his pioneering work to modernize the region’s infrastructure and his record of accomplishment on the rebuilding of Ground Zero, Christopher exemplifies decades of principled and innovative leadership in the public and private sectors.


Etsy is one of New York's largest and most innovative tech startups. An online platform for individuals to sell handmade crafts, Etsy has empowered thousands of New York artists and helped spark Brooklyn's economic resurgence. It played a leading role in the creation of the NYC Craft Entrepreneurship program, which provides micro-business training to underemployed, low-income adults.

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Benefit Committee

Susanna Aaron
Kenneth Adams
Bruce Beal, Jr.
Alan Bell
Rob Bennett
Joseph Brancato
Andrew Breslau
Lynne P. Brown
James F. Capalino
Rafael Cestero
Cesar Claro
Brian T. Coleman
Cheryl Cohen Effron
Jules Demchick
Martin Dunn
David Falk
Geoff Flournoy
William Floyd
Mark Foggin
Blake Foote
Celeste Frye

Leonard C. Green
Nicholas J. Kasier
Kenneth J. Knuckles
Kenneth Lowenstein
Barbara Koz Paley
David Rhodes
Denise Richardson
Evan Roth
David B. Rubenstein
Eugene Schnuer
Alexa Sewell
Eldon Scott
Joan Tally
Travis Terry
Tim Tompkins
William Traylor
Alap Vora
Victor Vora
Claire Weisz
Rich Windram
Kathryn S. Wylde


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Board of Directors

Gifford Miller, Miller Strategies (Chairman)

John H. Alschuler, HR&A Advisors

Margaret Anadu, Goldman Sachs

Jonathan Bowles, Center for an Urban Future

Michael Connor, Open Mic 

Russell Dubner, Edelman US

Lisa Gomez, L+M Development Partners

Jalak Jobanputra, FuturePerfect Ventures

Kyle Kimball, Con Edison

David Lebenstein, Cushman & Wakefield

Eric S. Lee, Bennett Midland, LLC

Monisha Nariani, Citigroup

Max Neukirchen, JPMorgan Chase 

Andrew Reicher, UHAB

John Siegal, Baker & Hostetler LLP

Stephen Sigmund, Global Gateway Alliance

Thomas Vecchione, Gensler

Robert Zimmerman, Zimmerman/Edelson Inc

About the Center

The Center for an Urban Future is an independent policy institute that shines a light on the most critical opportunities and challenges facing New York City, with a focus on growing and diversifying New York’s economy, expanding economic opportunity and targeting problems facing low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.

Known for publishing fact-based policy reports that feature practical solutions and fresh ideas, the Center is one of New York’s most innovative and influential organizations. Our work is well-respected and widely used by policymakers, business leaders and nonprofit practitioners in all five boroughs.

In the past year, our research focused public attention on New York’s branch libraries, the city’s aging infrastructure, the youth unemployment crisis, the opportunity to create more middle-income jobs and the economic impact of the city’s design industries. Our reports have recently spurred the mayor and City Council to add funding for critical infrastructure projects, influenced plans to revamp the city’s workforce development system, led city officials to increase funding to public libraries for the first time in years and influenced new economic development programs to support low-income entrepreneurs.

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