Governing Board

Angela Aidala | Vice Chair; Asst. Professor, Columbia University

Dr. Angela Aidala is a faculty member at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her primary interest is the intersection of economic, social, and cultural influences regarding health and illness among disadvantaged populations in urban settings. Dr. Aidala also directs the Multiple Diagnoses Initiative which works with housing providers to better understand the reciprocal relationship between housing and health care among persons living with HIV/AIDS. Angela A. Aidala received a PhD in Sociology from Columbia University.

James Burrell II  | Principal Attorney, Burrell Law P.C.

James’s interest in using design to ameliorate living standards can be traced back to James’s childhood interest in architecture through taking courses at Syracuse University’s summer college architecture program as a high school student.  Although life events steered James to his current profession as an attorney, the appreciation of the “form follows function” principle remains in his core.  James is active in other charitable causes which range from improving social impact through sports to utilizing novel learning techniques in the fight against cognitive deterioration. Before the practice of law, James’s work experience included sell-side trading, equity market making, and institutional sales of private placements. James is a licensed attorney in the State of New York and holds LL.M and J.D. degrees from New York Law School and B.S. from Penn State University.

Lenore Cooney | Chairman & co-founder Cooney/Waters Group

Lenore Cooney is a Chairman and co-founder of Cooney/Waters Group and has spent more than 35 years in the practice of public relations and public affairs in the areas of health and science at the national, state, and international levels. She has directed crisis management programs around issues including animal research, biotechnology and food product safety and U.S. vaccine supply. Her product marketing work has encompassed nutrition policy issues and scientific support for food product healthfulness, cancer therapeutics and vaccines, infectious diseases, neurology, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, and women’s health.

Karen Frome | Principal, Rise Projects

Karen is an architect with over 20 years of experience practicing architecture. Karen holds a Masters in Architectural History and Theory from Princeton University. She has a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Frome has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Guggenheim Fellow in Venice and received numerous grants and awards including a Graham Foundation Grant, John Labatut Fellowship and has published articles in a number of cultural publications.

Karen participated in the Learning by Design Program teaching children about space and architecture and has taught industrial design studios at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduate architectural studios at Parsons School of Design and Columbia University. She is on the board of directors of the not-for-profit Bowery Babes and has served on several architectural and planning committees in the town of Saltaire, New York.

Evelyn Furia | Secretary; Senior Brand Manager, GSK Consumer Healthcare

Evelyn has 7+ years of experience in Brand Management at GSK Consumer Healthcare working across a wide portfolio of consumer products. Prior to working for GSK, Evelyn spent 9 years in sales & marketing in the non-profit sector. Evelyn was the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations at the National Wildlife Federation. Evelyn also worked at KaBOOM! where she formed partnerships to help communities to build safe places to play. Evelyn’s interest in housing design and the impact on health and community began as an undergraduate studying the built environment in Washington, D.C. Evelyn holds a B.A in American Studies from George Washington University and an M.B.A from Georgetown University.

Edward Gengler | Treasurer; VP, Goldman Sachs

Edward is a Vice President on the Public Sector & Infrastructure (PSI) banking team at Goldman Sachs. He covers real estate, certain transportation projects and municipal clients around the country. Edward joined the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs in 2014, and prior to his time at Goldman Sachs, he worked at Ernst & Young. Edward graduated from the University of Virginia where he earned a BS in Commerce (with a second major in Economics) and an MS in Accounting. Edward lives in New York City with his wife, Katie, and son, Henry.

Palmer Leff | VP, Cerberus Capital Management

Palmer is a Vice President at Cerberus Capital Management where he works on real estate acquisitions and financings. Palmer has over 5 years of real estate private equity experience. Prior to beginning his career in real estate acquisitions, Palmer spent 2 years at Morgan Stanley in its investment banking division. He graduated Columbia University in 2012 where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics-mathematics. Palmer was born and raised in New Jersey and has lived in New York City since 2008. Palmer currently resides in Tribeca with his girlfriend and their two dogs.

Gregory Martin | Partner, Ernst & Young

Gregory Martin is a Partner in Ernst & Young LLP’s US Professional Practice Group with consultative responsibilities on derivatives and hedging accounting. Gregory has 20+ years of global financial product markets experience in the banking, broker/dealer, and insurance industries. Prior to Ernst & Young, Gregory held leadership roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas and Goldman Sachs. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and holds an MBA in Finance from the Columbia Business School.

Paul Scialla | CEO, Delos Living

Paul is the Founder and CEO at Delos Living. He spent 18 years on Wall Street, most recently the last 10 years as a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he ran the U.S. Interest Rates Cash Trading businesses, including Government Bond Trading and Agency Mortgage Trading. Prior to joining Goldman, Paul spent 6 years at Morgan Stanley as the Head of Mortgage Bond trading. In addition to his roles on Wall Street, Paul’s interest in both altruistic capitalism and in sustainability led him to found Delos, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chopra Foundation and also a founding board member of the JUST Capital Foundation. Paul graduated from New York University with a degree in Finance, and he currently resides in New York City.

Avery Seavey | Principal, Dalton Management Company

Avery is currently a principal in Dalton Management Company, a real estate management company that manages approximately 2,000 apartments in twelve buildings in the New York City area. He is also a principal in The Seavey Organization, which is the parent of a series of entities that serve as the general partner or managing member of the aforesaid properties as well as The Blue Sea Organization, a New York City based company that develops affordable housing in the New York City area. Averyattended Yale, LSE (MSc), and NYU School of Law (JD).

Sylvia Tsen | Chair; Consultant

Sylvia is a senior executive with experience working with associations and organizations on strategic initiatives and projects to improve organization effectiveness. At the International Federation of Accountants, she combined program execution, strategy development and operational IT to work with IFAC’s 170+ members to build strength for the global accountancy profession. A natural people person and communicator, she has worked with members and stakeholders across the global to advocate for the importance of education, a strong economy, and increasing importance of sustainable practices. Early in her CPA career, Sylvia worked with KPMG International (The Netherlands) and in audit, IFRS implementation and corporate reporting (New Zealand).  Originally from Vancouver, she spends time outdoors when she can but supports NYC’s museums and gardens all times of the year.

Advisory Board

Jason Cone | Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières USA

Jason Cone is the Executive Director for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the United States. He has an extensive background in crisis management, advocacy, and communications. He assumed leadership of MSF-USA following 11 years with the organization, the last six-and-a-half as communications director.
In his current role, among other issues, he has lead the organization’s engagement with the US government in the wake of the bombing of an MSF hospital in Afghanistan and during the global refugee crisis, as well as spearheaded campaigns to increase access to vaccines against pneumonia, a leading killer of children under five. As Communications Director, he oversaw emergency and advocacy communications campaigns on issues ranging from the West African Ebola outbreak and Haiti earthquake and cholera epidemic, to global childhood malnutrition and HIV/AIDS.
In 2016, Jason was recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the top young non-profit leaders in the US in the publication’s “40 Under 40” list. That same year, PR Week listed him among the Top 50 “Health Influencers” and on its “Power List.”  He was nominated for a “News & Documentary” Emmy as executive producer of “Starved for Attention,” an eight-part documentary series on child malnutrition, in 2012.

Latanya Mapp Frett | Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Global

Latanya Mapp Frett is the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global. She has quadrupled the size of the program in four years to become one of the most innovative and sustainable global health organizations in the field.

Ms. Frett previously worked for 8 years as a human rights officer for UNICEF and 10 years with USAID. Ms. Frett served as a delegate to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and continues to fight for the human rights of women. She began her career at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and has received many honors and awards, including two Esteemed Meritorious Honor Awards and the highest honor in civil service, the Superior Honor Award. Ms. Frett was honored with the Colin Powell Fellowship by then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at Oxfam America and CHANGE and is an Adjunct Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Ms. Frett is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and author of four U.N. human rights reports and manuals. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in government and politics, master’s in public policy, and JD from the University of Maryland.

Elizabeth Garland | Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Medicine and Public Health and Dept. of Pediatrics, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Elizabeth Garland, MD, MS is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Environmental Medicine and Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is the Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine and Community Health in the Department of Environmental Medicine and the Director of the Mount Sinai General Preventive Medicine Residency. She holds leadership roles in the Mount Sinai Graduate Program in Public Health and in the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Garland has worked in the East Harlem community since 1981, focusing on pediatric health disparities; especially asthma, immunizations and obesity. She recently published a study in the South Bronx demonstrating that moving to Green affordable housing significantly improves asthma symptoms and decreases urgent health care utilization.  This led to multiple partnerships on evaluating active design strategies in affordable housing to improve health and wellbeing, and is a leader of research on the built environment. She directs the NYC site of a 7 year multi-city prospective study on green affordable housing and health as well as pilot projects in the South Bronx and Brooklyn. In 2015, Dr. Garland won the Steven Hooker Award for outstanding physical activity research in national award recognition of her research on active design in affordable housing.

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Senior Vice President, World Bank

Dr.  Mohieldin  is a Senior  Vice President  at the World Bank  Group, responsible for  the 2030 Development Agenda,  UN Relations and Partnerships. Before joining the World Bank Group, Dr. Mohieldin held numerous senior  positions in the Government of Egypt, including Minister of Investment from 2004 until 2010. He also  served on several Boards of Directors, including the Central Bank of Egypt, as well as in the banking  and the corporate sectors. Dr. Mohieldin was a member of the Commission on Growth and Development, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global  Leader. Dr. Mohieldin is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Cairo University. He is also an Honorary Professor at Durham University, UAEU, and Nile University, and is member of the Advisory Board  of the Durham Business School. Dr. Mohieldin has also held leading positions in national and regional research centers and think tanks. He has authored numerous publications and articles in the fields  of international finance, growth, banking, financial development, and economic planning. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Warwick; an M.Sc. in Economic and Social Policy Analysis from the University of York; and a B.Sc. in Economics, first in the order of  merit, from Cairo University.

Giselle Sebag | Global Public Sector Consultant, Bloomberg Associates

Giselle Sebag, MPH, LEED AP is an impact-driven healthy and sustainable cities development specialist who has been working globally at the intersection of urbanism and public health for over a decade.

She is currently a Public Sector Consultant at Bloomberg Associates, where she advises cities in developing evidence-based urban planning and public health solutions with the aim of improving the lives of the greatest number of citizens. Prior to joining Bloomberg Associates, Giselle was the Vice President of Programs at the Center for Active Design (CfAD), where she oversaw the development and launch of innovative programs such as Fitwel and served as the Head of the Built Environment commitments portfolio at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) where she advised multidisciplinary members in strategic planning, design, partnership building and evaluation of their ‘Commitments to Action’ (CTAs).

Other experiences include work with UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS), Project for Public Spaces (PPS), the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), and more. Giselle holds an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, joint MSc degrees in International Cooperation and Urban Development and undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Government.

Kenneth Yeang | Director, T.R. Hamzah & Yeang

      Dr. Kenneth Yeang, Ph. D., has over 30 years of experience in ecological building and passive low-energy design. He is the Director of Llewlleyn Davies Yeang (UK) and principal at T.R. Hamzah & Yeang, an international architecture and planning firm headquartered in Malaysia. Yeang is credited with achieving high levels of success in Asia with cutting-edge, environmentally responsive skyscrapers such as Menara Mesiniaga building. Dr. Yeang holds a PhD in ecological design from Cambridge University.

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