FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/5/2015 Media Contact: Kelly Magee

Building Skills New York Announces New Leadership

New York, NY -- The Board of Directors of Building Skills New York (BSNY) is pleased to announce that Steven Brown has been selected as Executive Director and will join the organization on January 5th, 2015.

Ron Moelis, Chairman of the Board of BSNY, announced Mr. Brown's appointment and said, "We are excited to bring Steven to Building Skills to grow our vision to provide employment opportunities in the construction and real estate industry to underemployed New Yorkers in the communities where we build. Steven's experience and leadership in both affordable housing and workforce development makes him the perfect fit for our mission." In commenting on his appointment, Mr. Brown stated that, "Joining Building Skills New York represents a fantastic opportunity for me to bring my 30 years of affordable housing experience and knowledge of social enterprise and workforce development to bear on employment and skills development in the real estate industry. I look forward to working with the development community, the City of New York, and non-profit partners across the city to provide opportunities to unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers as they launch their careers in construction and other real estate related industries."

Steven Brown has had an impressive career in the non-profit sector focused on affordable housing, community development, social enterprise and human development. From 1983 to 1998, he worked at the New York City Housing Partnership, and oversaw the development of over 13,000 units of owner-occupied housing in the five boroughs, working closely with many of the City's affordable housing developers. From 1998-2004, he was President of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which provides mentoring and college scholarships to minority students throughout the country. For the past 10 years, Steven has been President of the Greyston Foundation, a non-profit community development organization in Yonkers, New York that addresses poverty through multiple interventions including workforce development, affordable housing, child care services and community gardens. World renowned, the Greyston Bakery has served as a model for successful work force development, community renewal and personal transformation within a profitable business environment.

Building Skills New York provides training and employment opportunities for low-income New Yorkers in the affordable housing construction and management industries. Leaders in the affordable housing industry created BSNY to help meet the needs of unemployed and under- employed residents and increase their access to economic opportunities where affordable housing is built. BSNY's leaders understand that along with quality housing, access to good employment opportunities for local residents is a critical aspect of community development.

With over thirty partner organizations, including some of New York's leading affordable housing developers, construction companies, subcontractors, and educational workforce institutions, BSNY is uniquely positioned to connect job seekers, training providers and employers. BSNY's mission is to decrease unemployment and increase self-sufficiency.

Building Skills NY
242 W. 36th Street
New York, NY 10018

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