Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Richard M. Cherry
President & CEO
Community Environmental Center
Bryant Burgher Jaffe, LLP
Donald H. Elliott is Of Counsel at Bryant Burgher Jaffe LLP (“BBJ”), in BBJ’s Real Estate Group. Mr. Elliott is nationally recognized as an expert in land use regulation who has crafted land use regulations to achieve desirable private investment while protecting public values. While Chairman of the NYC Planning Commission for six years, he was responsible for many important and far-reaching zoning innovations which have influenced land use regulation across the country. He represents the Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York, a conduit issuer of tax-exempt debt for the benefit of museums, performing arts facilities and other cultural institutions.
Previously Mr. Elliott was Of Counsel for Butzel Long LLP and prior to that an associate at Webster & Sheffield from 1957 until 1961, then Assistant Counsel to the New York State Commission of Investigation until 1963, when he returned to Webster & Sheffield. In January 1966, he became Counsel to Mayor John Lindsay and later that year was appointed Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission, a post he held until 1973, when he returned to private practice with Webster & Sheffield. He served for five years on the board of directors of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (1972-1977) and for ten years (1968-78) on the board of directors of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He also served for more than 20 years on the board of WNET/Thirteen. He is an honorary member of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was awarded the Municipal Art Society’s medal of honor. He has been Chairman of the New York Urban Coalition, Inc. and of Long Island University, and has served on many boards, including Independence Community Bank, KeySpan Corporation and Brooklyn Union Company.
Mr. Elliott graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota (B.A., 1954) and New York University School of Law (LL.B., cum laude, 1957).
Lawrence F. Graham
Lawrence F. Graham is currently retired, after serving as Executive Vice President of Property Operations for the United States at Brookfield Properties until March 2011. Mr. Graham previously served as Executive Vice President of Development of Brookfield Properties Corp and held senior management positions in U.S. operations for Brookfield and its predecessor companies. After the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Mr. Graham organized and supervised the $140 million restoration of the company’s buildings, including the World Financial Center and its Winter Garden, accomplishments for which he received the 2002 Building Trades Employers’ Association Leadership Award.
Susan Kaplan has recently begun a new sustainability consulting firm, BuildingWrx, after moving on from Battery Park City Authority, where she served as the first Director of Sustainability during the creation of the Authority’s unprecedented green development. Her new firm will concentrate on providing collaborative strategies for greening buildings, sites, cities, and businesses.
Ms. Kaplan is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Steering Committee and the Chair of its social equity working group. She is the Vice Chair of USGBC’s Technical Committee and a past Chair of the Urban Green Council, the NYC Chapter of USGBC.
Ms. Kaplan has presented internationally in Australia, Norway, Israel, and Canada, and across the United States. Ms. Kaplan is part of the Urban Agriculture Roundtable in New York, where she is helping move the discussion on urban agriculture and is also a member of the Advisory Board for New York Sun Works.
Ms. Kaplan holds degrees in Environmental Science and Landscape Architecture and is a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C) and a Registered Landscape Architect.
Principal, Monadnock Construction, Inc.
Nick Lembo was born in New York City. He received a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Cornell University. Currently he is president of Monadnock Construction, which he founded in 1975. Monadnock has built over 10,000 units of housing in the New York City area, from luxury condominiums to award-winning housing for the elderly and the homeless. Mr. Lembo is a past president of the Associated General Contractors of New York State and currently serves on a number of boards.
In 1995, Mr. Lembo founded the Capsys Corporation, which developed a groundbreaking approach to creating high-quality factory-built modular buildings. Since the 1970s Mr. Lembo has acted as developer on various real estate project, and in 1985, he was a founder of the Hudson Companies, a real estate development firm, in which he served as a partner for twenty years. He now acts as developer on projects on his own and in a variety of partnerships.
Kauff McGuire & Margolid LLP
Raymond G. McGuire was born in New York City. Mr. McGuire graduated from Canisius College in 1960 and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1964; he has specialized in management-side labor relations and employment litigation for his entire professional life. After joining Kauff, McClain & McGuire (“KM&M”) in 1981, Mr. McGuire spent the next thirty-one years participating in scores of union-organizing campaigns in the hospitality, entertainment, maritime, and telecommunications industries, and has litigated cases in various regional offices of the National Labor Relations Board. In addition, as the partner responsible for KM&M’s litigation practice, he has tried numerous cases involving employment and related issues in state and federal courts in the New York Metropolitan Area.
For the past twenty years, Mr. McGuire has served as managing director of the Contractors’ Association of Greater New York, Inc., a multi-employer association of “high-rise” construction managers, and has also been general counsel to the Environmental Contractors Association and the Association of Contracting Plumbers of Greater New York. He has overseen KM&M’s extensive practice in the maritime industry and has represented many of the major maritime towing and transportation companies operating in the New York area.
Norcross Wildlife Foundation
Karen Outlaw is the executive director of the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, a New York-based private foundation primarily managing over 8,000 acres of land for wildlife in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Prior to this appointment she served ten years on the Norcross board. Ms. Outlaw came to Norcross after working for many years as a Certified Public Accountant in New York City.
Previously, Ms. Outlaw filled the role of Director of Finance and Administration and controller at the Robin Hood Foundation, a not-for-profit that provides funding and technical assistance to New York-based organizations working with those in need in New York City. Prior to that position, she was an auditor with the public accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche, working primarily with not-for-profit organizations, retirement plans, hospitals, and real estate companies.
A native New Yorker, Ms. Outlaw is a graduate of the New York City public school system and the University of Pittsburgh. She is also an avid New York Yankees fan.
Ms. Outlaw was associated with CEC at its beginning, serving as a board member and as Treasurer for many years. She is happy to return to the fold.
Secretary of the Board
Southside United Housing, Los Sures, retired
David Pagan arrived in New York City from his native Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, in 1956. He grew up in the Pratt, Williamsburg and Bushwick sections of Brooklyn. After receiving an AAS in marketing from New York City Community College, he was drafted into the Army and served in Vietnam as an infantryman in the Air Cavalry Division. When he returned, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Queens College and a Masters degree in Finance from St. John’s University.
In 1972, Mr. Pagan worked for the National Economic Development Association, where he helped increase opportunities for minority businesses. He moved on, in 1975, to the Lower East Side Economic Development Corporation, assisting local groups in their economic development efforts and two years later volunteered his services to the New York City Office of Economic Development, to help small businesses devastated by riots. Then in 1979, Los Sures beckoned; Mr. Pagan began there as the Comptroller and in 1984 became CEO.
Recognized by his peers and government officials as a leader in the housing movements, Mr. Pagan was asked to joined a number of boards, including the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, the National Energy Foundation, the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State, and the New York City Rent Guidelines Board. He is a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus.
Partner, Schulte, Roth & Zabel
Gregory P. Pressman is of counsel to the New York City law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and a former partner in that firm’s real estate department. He is a 1966 graduate of Harvard College and received his LL.B. in 1969 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also holds an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. In his real estate practice, Mr. Pressman represents lenders, development companies, real estate investment funds, and individual real estate investors, with an emphasis on commercial real estate acquisition, finance and development. He serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Real Property Law Section and is co-chair of the Section’s Legal Opinions Committee, and since 2002 he has been a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a national organization. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Sanctuary for Families, a New York not-for-profit agency that aids victims of domestic violence and their children.