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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board Chair Shola Olatoye is also the Chair & Chief Executive Officer of NYCHA. Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed her to lead NYCHA on February 8, 2014. Prior to her NYCHA leadership, Ms. Olatoye was Vice President and New York Market Leader for Enterprise Community Partners, a national nonprofit that has helped build or preserve more than 44,000 affordable homes for lower- income New Yorkers and has invested more than $2.5 billion in and around the city. She also served as a Vice President and Senior Community Development Manager at HSBC Bank and a Director of HR&A Advisors, Inc., a real estate and economic development consulting firm.
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.
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 Executive Assistant to the Director of The Architectural League of New York. 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 a social worker at New Alternatives for Children, in the Partners in Parenting program, helping families remain intact and healthy after involvement with protective services.
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.
Valerie Rosenberg is the Vice President of the Fund for Public Housing. She joined NYCHA in the Office of the Chair in January 2015 and was instrumental in the development of NextGeneration NYCHA, the agency’s 10-year strategic plan. She began working with Rasmia in late 2015 in the Office of Public-Private Partnerships and at the Fund for Public Housing. Valerie has worked previously in policy development and analysis, advocacy, and social service provision. She holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of California-Berkeley.
Council Co-Chair, Independent Consultant
Council Co-Chair, Douglaston Development
Office of the Deputy Mayor for
Housing and Economic Development
New York Institute of Technology
Enterprise Community Partners
Center for Court Innovation
Forest City Ratner Companies
Forest City Ratner Companies
Credle & Associates
DesBrisay Smith Architects
Public Works Partners
Rapid Results Institute
Ingram-Hebron Real Estate
Kamarky Jimenez Minaya
Green City Force
McKinsey & Company
Community Service Society
The Praedium Group
Coalition 4 Queens
Sandler Search Associates
DesBrisay Smith Architects