Executive Director: Kimberly George, MIA
Kimberly S. George is the Executive Director of Rebuilding Together NYC. She brings experience in nonprofit fiscal management, strategic partnership building, program development, Board and volunteer development, communications, and fundraising to RT NYC’s team. On July 21, 2016, Kimberly was presented with the New York Nonprofit Media 40 Under 40 2016 Rising Star award. Prior to joining Rebuilding Together NYC, Kimberly served as Executive Director of the Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition (GBHC), a nonprofit that provides grassroots community organizing to meet the challenges faced by Brooklyn’s public health system, with a focus on reducing health disparities. Kimberly also served as Program Director at CAMBA, overseeing the Brooklyn Partnership to Drive Down Diabetes (BP3D). Kimberly has been published in several public health journals and served a two-year term on the Board of the Public Health Association of New York City (PHANYC). She also served as an adjunct Professor at Long Island University teaching the MPH Capstone Seminar on health disparities. She received a Community Partner Recognition Award from the Brooklyn District Public Health Office (BDPHO) of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH). In addition, under Kimberly’s leadership, GBHC received the Public Health Community Award from PHANYC. Kimberly has a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Director of Construction: Terry Scott
Terry Scott has been in the construction/building maintenance field for 24 years, the last 16 as a self-employed General Contractor. Prior to joining Rebuilding Together NYC, Terry was involved with Rebuilding Together for the last 7 years as a volunteer with Rebuilding Together South Sound. After a trip from Seattle in 2013 to work on Sandy affected homes, he was compelled to come back to New York City in the capacity of Construction Manager and he is thrilled to be involved with Rebuilding Together NYC.
Director of Programs: Brianna McKinney
Brianna oversees Rebuilding Together NYC’s various housing, community, and workforce development initiatives. She joined the organization in May 2015 after working on LISC New York City’s Neighborhood Revitalization NYC Home Repair Program, which rebuilt 500 storm-damaged homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Prior to working with LISC, Brianna worked with the Brooklyn Community Foundation and Community Voices Heard. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, with a focus in community organizing, planning, and development. Brianna is thrilled to be working with such a committed team to keep low-income New Yorkers in their homes and communities.
Operations Manager: Kayleigh Marshall
Kayleigh Marshall joins the Rebuilding Together NYC team as the Operations Manager this July. She holds a BA in Law & Society from American University, a MPA from the University of San Francisco, and published her capstone on communication access for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in prison. Her passion for volunteerism was ignited through her work with HEARD, an all volunteer nonprofit which advocates for deaf, hard of hearing, and people with disabilities who are detained or in prison. Prior to joining Rebuilding Together, Kayleigh served as the Operations Associate for HandsOn Bay Area, a nonprofit which provides volunteer opportunities for individuals and corporations. Kayleigh is excited to support the Rebuilding Together NYC operations and to serve the NYC communities.
Workforce Training Program Manager: Ian Potter
Ian Potter is the Workforce Training Program Manager. Ian joined the Rebuilding Together NYC team in September of 2015 as the Workforce Training Instructor. Originally from Pennsylvania, he graduated from West Chester University with a B.A in Theatre Arts and a minor in Studio Arts. After college Ian served for five years as the Technical Director, Scenic Designer and Painter, and Theatre Teacher for Gamut Theatre Group/Harrisburg Shakespeare Company in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Ian looks forward to using his love of teaching, construction, and artful living to help revitalize and strengthen the web of communities that tie the great city of New York together. He also wants to give a big thank you to his Dad for always getting him involved with Do-It-Yourself projects growing up.
Construction Coordinator: Sabene Similien
Sabene Similien joined Rebuilding Together NYC in July 2016 as the Construction Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from New York City College of Technology. In 2014, Sabene committed 11 months of service to Rebuilding Together NYC as the AmeriCorps Project Coordinator. While serving, Sabene developed a passion for construction and community. She is excited to be rejoining the team, continuing the efforts to rebuild healthy communities across New York City.
Workforce Training Program Coordinator: Laura Christensen-García
Laura Christensen-Garcia served with Rebuilding Together NYC as the AmeriCorps Program Coordinator from August 2015 to June 2016. She started as the Workforce Training Program Coordinator in July 2016. Having graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Political Science, Laura is especially interested in the political and economic nuances of workforce development in New York City. She is incredibly excited to continue on as a full time staff member with Rebuilding Together NYC.
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator: Amanda Champion
Amanda Champion studied architecture and urban planning at Pratt Institute and graduated with a bachelor’s in Urban Community Planning and Design from SUNY/Empire State. Having grown up in poverty and familiar with its reality, it was during her time in undergraduate studies that she became deeply interested in the ways design and urban planning skills could be used to serve, learn from, and work alongside struggling communities. She was a team member of Architecture for Humanity-New York City for 6 years and worked on several humanitarian design projects, including Under the BQE, which was awarded the second place international Community Design Award for 2013. Amanda continues to serve communities through organizations such as the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network, City-wide Alliance against Displacement, Chinatown Working Group, Metropolitan Council on Housing, and Right to the City-New York. She is happy and inspired at this juncture for the opportunity to join Rebuilding Together NYC and meet and work with growing numbers of low-income community members to realize their vision of a stable place to call home.
AmeriCorps Project Coordinator: Alyssa Moya
Alyssa Moya joined the Rebuilding Together NYC team this August as the AmeriCorps Project Coordinator. While pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from SUNY Binghamton, Alyssa developed a passion for giving back to her community. Having been raised in Queens New York, Alyssa became interested in revitalization and community development after Hurricane Sandy. She volunteered towards the effort to rebuild homes that were destroyed from the storm and found that not only did she love seeing the community reawaken but also that she enjoyed construction. In addition, Alyssa loves photography and can often be seen walking around the city with her camera. Now that she has graduated, Alyssa is excited to join the Rebuilding Together NYC Team. She aspires to continue to make an impact in the future by pursuing her Masters degree in Social Work.
Cargo Van: Vanny White
In 2014, we were excited to have Vanny White join the Rebuilding Together NYC team. Vanny helps transport materials and equipment to and from our project sites throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
Passenger Van: Vincent “Vinny” Van Go
In 2015, thanks to the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, Rebuilding Together NYC welcomed Vincent “Vinny” Van Go to our fleet. Vinny helps transport our Workforce Training Program participants to and from our training project sites in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Transport Van: Eddie Van Haulin’
Thanks to The Hyde and Watson Foundation and JPR Mechanical, we would like to welcome the newest member to our fleet, Eddie Van Haulin’. Eddie helps us get around town to a multitude of site visits, home assessments, community meetings, events, and special projects.