The work of the Fund for Public Housing is made possible by a diverse team that is dedicated to public housing and its residents. The Board of Directors is our hands-on governing body, the Advisory Council is our powerhouse of boosters and amplifiers, and the staff is our lean and energetic crew.




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Scott Anderson recently founded Wassaic Community Development Partners, which improves access to jobs, housing, education, and culture in the Hudson Valley. He was previously a Partner at Intersection (formerly Control Group, which he co-founded), focusing on helping organizations use technology for transformational change and social good. He brings experience working with some of the most respected cultural, media, architecture, and publishing firms in both San Francisco and New York City. He oversees many civic, non-profit, and public-related engagements, particularly around the use of technology in the physical space in service of information, education, and entertainment.

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Jennifer Jones Austin is the Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies and a former co-chair of Mayor de Blasio’s transition team. Prior to her current role, Jennifer served as Senior Vice President of United Way of New York City and in multiple city and state government leadership positions. A proven high-level executive and dedicated anti-poverty advocate, Jennifer has demonstrated effectiveness in strategic planning, organization management, and policy making.



Liz Neumark is the Founder and CEO of Great Performances, New York City's leading catering and creative events company with a commitment to local and seasonal food, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. Liz transformed the company from a part-time staffing agency for women in the arts in 1979 to one of the country’s foremost catering companies and the exclusive caterer for many distinguished NYC institutions. In 2006, she also founded The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing issues in children’s health with hands-on experiences growing and cooking healthy food.


Diatre Padilla is a resident of Soundview Houses in the Bronx, and has lived in public housing since 2003. A recent graduate of Columbia University with a BA in Urban Studies, Diatre currently works as the Recruiting and Hiring Coordinator at the Bronx Defenders. While at Columbia, Diatre studied and compared the administrative histories of the Chicago Housing Authority with NYCHA.



Renu Pani-Chakravarty is Assistant General Counsel for Corporate Affairs of NYCHA’s Law Department and previously served as Chief, Assistant Chief, and Agency Attorney of NYCHA's Corporate Affairs Division. She also served as a member of NYCHA's Contract Review Committee and was the Coordinator of the Honors and Transactional Internship Program. Before joining NYCHA, Renu was a corporate associate at the law firm currently known as Katten, Muchin Rosenman LLP, and was the Assistant Director of St. John's University School of Law Career Development Office.


Diallo Powell has more than 15 years of experience in health insurance, business development, management consulting, and enterprise technology. He is currently the Chief Information and Product Officer at Integra Partners. Prior to joining Integra, he was the Chief Product Officer at Zipari, where he joined the executive team upon its acquisition of a healthcare cost transparency product he had developed as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nethermead. Diallo also worked for the Freelancer's Union for more than eight years and was a founding member of its health insurance company team. 



David Pristin joined NYCHA in July 2014 as the Chief of Staff and, in January 2016, became the Executive Vice President for External Affairs. He is charged with developing and shaping the brand of the Authority and in serving as the primary liaison to NYCHA's external partners. Prior to joining NYCHA, he served in several key positions in the New York City Council, including Director of the City Council's Policy Division.


Latiya Stanley is a resident of Breukelen Houses in Brooklyn and has lived in public housing for the last 6 years. Latiya is a graduate of Brooklyn College with high honors and the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She is currently the Foster Care Supervisor at Seaman's Society for Children and Families.



Rasmia Kirmani-Frye is the President of the Fund for Public Housing. She was appointed Director, Office of Public/Private Partnerships for NYCHA in March 2015 and continues in that role. When the Fund for Public Housing incorporated in August 2015, Rasmia became its founding President. Prior to joining NYCHA, Rasmia served as Director of The Brownsville Partnership, an initiative of the national not-for-profit organization Community Solutions. Rasmia began her career in New York City at the Times Square Business Improvement District. She holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the New School, where she is currently a doctoral candidate.



Travis Bostick is the Director of Initiative Development at the Fund for Public Housing. He is also a Project Manager in NYCHA's Office of Public/Private Partnerships, appointed in December 2017. Prior to joining NYCHA, he participated in a fellowship at Enterprise Community Partners, where he developed programmatic initiatives to support NYCHA's public housing preservation work. Travis has experience in civic  sector management consulting, program design and implementation, program evaluation, and strategic planning. He holds a Master's in Theories of Urban Practice and Research from Parsons School for Design at the New School.



Jessica Sherman
Council Co-Chair, Douglaston Development

Sean McKenzie
Council Co-Chair, Steereo

Zachary Aarons

Hannah Blitzer
Office of the Deputy Mayor for
Housing and Economic Development

Nick Bloom
New York Institute of Technology

Anthony Borelli
Edison Properties

James Brodick
Center for Court Innovation

Elizabeth Canela
Forest City Ratner Companies

Ashley Cotton

Lloyd DesBrisay
Huntsman Architectural Group

Daniel Dworkin
Schaffer Consulting

Gretchen Dykstra

Mark Foggin
Foggin Strategies

David Hanzel
Capital One

Brad Hargreaves

Andrew Haupt

Kavell Brown

Rob Hebron
Ingram-Hebron Real Estate

Kamarky Jimenez Minaya
Green City Force

Ebony Johnson

John Kimble
Deutsche Bank

Peter Kohlmann
PeKo Productions

Annie Koo
McKinsey & Company

Ben Levine
Douglaston Development

Irene Lew
Community Service Society

Brian Lindenberg
The Praedium Group

Marc Norman
Independent Consultant

Danielle O'Bannon
Goldman Sachs

Joey Ortiz
New York City Employment and Training Coalition

Michael Roberts
Royal Abstract

Jason Rosado

Josie Sandler
Sandler Search Associates

Chad Smith
Smith & Architects

Ben Thypin