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2017 Gala


November 2, 2017


Tribeca Rooftop
2 Desbrosses St., NYC, 10013

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Toby Moskovits

As founder and president of Heritage Equity Partners, Toby is the developer of several game-changing projects across the city. Her 25 Kent project in Williamsburg is one of the first new commercial developments in Brooklyn, providing a vital spark to the borough’s innovation economy at a time when Brooklyn is teeming with businesses that need space to expand.

Daniel Rose

In a career that has spanned over six decades, Daniel has been one of New York’s most innovative developers and most influential civic leaders. The chairman of Rose Associates, he pioneered the development of Manhattan Plaza into affordable housing for New Yorkers working in the performing arts and founded Harlem Educational Activities Fund, which has helped thousands of underserved students become high achievers.

Stuart M. Saft

A partner at Holland & Knight, Stuart has been one of New York’s pre-eminent attorneys and an accomplished civic leader who chaired the city’s Workforce Investment Board for more than a decade, helped develop new workforce programs for those who lost jobs after 9/11, chaired the Board of the National Cooperative Bank during twelve years on the Board insuring that New York’s housing and business cooperatives had access to capital, and played a key role in passing legislation that gave condominiums important new options for financing repairs.

Mathew Wambua

Mathew has been a leader in making New York more affordable for low income New Yorkers. As president of Richmac Funding, his game-changing investments have financed several thousand units of affordable housing. As the city’s housing commissioner from 2011 to 2013, he implemented groundbreaking initiatives such as the New Housing Marketplace Plan and adAPT NYC Completion.

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
Steve Hindy
Nicholas J. Kaiser
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 (CUF) is a leading New York City-based think tank that generates smart and sustainable policies to create jobs, reduce inequality, and help lower income New Yorkers climb into the middle class.

For 20 years, CUF has published accessible, data-driven reports detailing strategies to grow and diversify the economy and expand opportunity that are anchored in rigorous research, not preconceived notions about outcome. Our work has been a powerful catalyst for policy change in New York City and serves as an invaluable resource for government officials, community groups, nonprofit practitioners and business leaders as they advocate for and implement policies to address some of New York’s biggest challenges and opportunities.

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