Nnenna LYNCH—Founder & CEO
Nnenna Lynch has over 16 years of experience in housing and real estate. Nnenna’s inspiration as a developer is a personal one. She grew up seeing many of New York City’s neighborhoods devastated in the 1980s. She studied sociology at Villanova and anthropology at Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar. After a career as a professional runner, she returned to New York to immerse herself in rebuilding neighborhoods, first as a developer of affordable housing then as a Senior Advisor to Mayor Bloomberg where, among things, she oversaw large-scale real estate projects and rezonings. Most recently Nnenna was head of Development at Georgetown Company, where she oversaw almost $2B worth of development.
Joel SILVERMAN – Construction
Joel Silverman is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and several other states and has over 45 years of experience as both a contractor, construction manager and consultant. Earlier in his career he was president of HRH Construction Corporation in New York. Over the course of his career, he has worked on more than 14 million square feet of high rise commercial, mixed use, residential, hotel, and health related facilities. Clients include General Electric Pension Trust, NYU, Princeton University, The Georgetown Company, Hines, Related, Hyatt, Bloomberg, IAC / Interactive Corp, Time Warner, Memorial Sloan Kettering and the State of NY. For over 20 years, Joel was an Associate Professor of Real Estate Development teaching Construction Management and Technology at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.
Laura MAC DONALD – Operations & Marketing
Laura is a multi-talented generalist. She is an award-winning author who also makes trains run on time. She has a background in television production and is a creative thinker with experience working with large teams on long-term projects. She and Nnenna have a over a decade of history collaborating on community-based projects including founding Harlem’s North Star Neighborhood Association.
Luke MURPHY – Technology
Luke Murphy has more than 20 years IT experience with focus on technical analysis, development, production, team building, and leadership. His work on MTV, Late Night with David Letterman, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show developed some of the earliest platforms for live streaming. More recently he has focused on helping new businesses develop their project management, web, and ERP strategies. He is also a digital artist.
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