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2018 Gala


Monday, October 22, 2018
6:30 p.m. Cocktails & Light Dinner
8 p.m. Program & Dessert


Tribeca Rooftop
2 Desbrosses St., NYC, 10013

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Steve Hindy

As the co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery, Steve pioneered New York’s craft beer explosion and sparked a surge in artisanal manufacturing across the city. He’s played a leading role in Brooklyn’s economic revival and continues to champion the borough as a home for makers and strivers. Steve is a devoted supporter of parks and open spaces, and an influential proponent of strategies to improve traffic safety.

Rick Gropper

The co-founder and principal of Camber Property Group, Rick is one of New York’s leaders in developing, preserving, and rehabilitating affordable housing. His game-changing projects from Soundview to Bushwick are strengthening communities and making the city more affordable for low and middle income New Yorkers.

Brandee McHale

As President of the Citi Foundation, Brandee has been one of the nation’s most effective champions for expanding economic opportunity. Under her leadership, the Citi Foundation has pioneered innovative initiatives to catalyze sustainable growth in cities and help more Americans get on the path to good jobs, including a $100 million commitment to help prepare 500,000 young people for today’s competitive job market‎.

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


Questions about the gala? Email or call (201) 926-9935.

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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 over 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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