Donald C. Notice is the Executive Director of West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. (WHGA) that has more than 120 employees and an annual budget of over $6 million. He oversees the implementation and compliance of all programs in WHGA’s comprehensive housing and social services portfolios. For more than 12 years, he has leveraged public and private support to redevelop 20 buildings with 404 units of affordable housing. He serves on several Boards including the Trusteeship of Lincoln University.
Jeanine R. Johnson
Vice-Chairperson representing New York State Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright
Jeanine Johnson serves as the Chief-of-Staff and General Counsel to Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright, Chairman of the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Labor and County Leader for New York County Democratic Committee. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the Assemblyman’s network of offices, legislative activities and grant funding programs. Ms. Johnson is a Harlem native and a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo State College and Howard University School of Law. She lives in West Harlem.
Cecil Corbin-Mark is the Deputy Director/Director of Policy Initiatives of West Harlem-based WeACT for Environmental Justice. He is the former Vice-President of his neighborhood association, and the former Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Committee of the local Community Planning Board. He has done graduate work in political science at Oxford University. Cecil is active on several Boards related to environmental justice. He testifies before State and Federal lawmakers and lectures in universities that have included Hunter College, Teachers College, The College of Mount St. Vincent, Buffalo State University, Cornell University, Yale School of Forestry and Columbia University School of Public Health. Mr. Corbin-Mark lives in West Harlem.
Zead Ramadan has worked for more than 15 years in New York City community leadership in advocacy, professional, academic and not-for-profit settings. His community service includes sitting on the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone’s Board of Directors, on Manhattan Community Board 12 and as Chair for the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial, Education and Cultural Center Board of Directors. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of CAIR-NY, a civil rights advocacy organization for New York Muslims. He is the Corporation President and Co-proprietor of X Caffe and companies. He speaks Arabic and Spanish. Mr. Ramadan has businesses in West Harlem.
Geoffrey Eric Eaton
Board Member Representing Congressman Charles B. Rangel
Geoffrey E. Eaton serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Rangel, overseeing the day-to-day management of the New York Office. He is also Congressman Rangel’s designee to a number of important boards, including the New York Empowerment Zone, The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and the Harlem Community Development Corporation.
Board Member Representing Council Member Mark Levine
Anthony Q. Fletcher, Esq.
Board member representing New York City Community Board 9
Anthony Fletcher is the Founder, President & Managing Attorney of Anthony Q. Fletcher, P.C. The firm’s activities include corporate finance, corporate transactions, and commercial transactions. He was a Professor of Law at New York Law School. He has taught at The City College of The City of New York where he was a Fellow at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies. He has authored several articles on voting rights. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School.
Board member representing New York City Community Board 9
Yvonne Stennett is the Executive Director of the Community League of West 159th Street (CLOTH) where she has worked since 1979. She has created numerous programs to help residents undertake neighborhood improvement activities. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Lincoln University. She serves as Chair of the Unidos Coalition, a federal drug initiative. She is a member of the advisory board for the Enterprise Foundation, and is a partner of the Audubon Economic Development Partnership. Ms. Stennett lives in West Harlem.
María Teresa Arce, Esq.
María Teresa Arce is a communications director and attorney with more than 10 years of progressive experience developing successful internal and external communications strategies in the non-profit and governmental sectors. She is currently the Special Assistant to the Commissioner for the New York State Department of Labor. She has also been the press secretary to former Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson and an Opinion Editor and Columnist for El Diario/LA PRENSA. She is a Harlem resident and has held the position of board chair for Teatro Circulo. Ms. Arce has also served on the board of Harlem Community Development Corporation. She is fluent in Spanish.
Kathryn Briger is a Wall Street veteran of more than 20 years and has held the senior position in market and credit risk management for Global Capital Markets and Investment/Merchant Banking at Chemical Bank, ING Capital and Banque Indosuez. She was also the CEO of a fashion jewelry business (Orly Genger for Jaclyn Mayer). Her community service includes serving as a National Trustee on the Main Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 2001.
Theodore Kovaleff, former assistant dean of Columbia University’s School of Law with a Ph.D. in History, has extensive community service extending back to 1971, including six terms as chair of Community Board 9, President of the Council of the Silver Bay Association and Chair of the Manhattan Borough President’s Public Safety Committee. He has received several awards for his work in the community, including a proclamation from former Borough President Ruth Messinger, naming January 18 “Ted Kovaleff Day.” Kovaleff is an analyst with Horwitz & Associates and has worked as a financial analyst for several firms, including Sky Capital. Mr. Kovaleff is a resident of West Harlem.
Jason Markham is Vice President of Content Ventures and Programming Acquisitions for DIRECTV Latin America. In the past, he worked as an attorney at law firms in New York City and Chile. In his pro bono activities, he has counseled community-based micro finance initiatives and small businesses, and volunteers as an arbitrator for the New York City small claims court system. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese. Mr. Markham, a graduate of Harvard Law School, resides in Harlem with his family.
Honorable Milton A. Tingling
New York Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling has worked in New York County’s state courts since 2000. Before then, he was elected as Judge of Civil Court for the city’s 7th Municipal District and has also served as judge in the district’s criminal part. He has also worked as a law clerk and as a solo practitioner since 1983. His community service includes holding the position of Trustee for the Yvonne Schrouder Brown Foundation, Inc. and serving on the Board of Visitors for the Children’s Aid Society’s Milbank Center. He was also the founder and lead counsel for the Martin Luther King Democratic Club Free Legal Clinic. Justice Tingling is a lifetime resident of West Harlem.