Staff

MWA

Roland Lewis, President and CEO

Meaghan Collins, Development Associate

Stephanie Hill, Event Manager

Louis Kleinman, Outreach Coordinator & Alliance Partner Liaison

Andy Krochalk, Office Administrator and Assistant to the President

Rasheed A. Malik, Government Affairs and Communications Associate

Harrison Peck, Program Manager, Ferry Transit

Michael Porto, Director of Outreach and Planning

José Soegaard, Program Manager

 

Roland Lewis, President and CEO
rlewis[at]waterfrontalliance.org

Roland Lewis A lifetime New Yorker, Roland Lewis has worked in the field of community development since 1984, when he began as a program associate at the Trust for Public Land.  A graduate of Columbia University, he then went on to earn a Masters of City and Regional Planning and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University in 1988.  This was followed by nine years as a partner in the law firm of Dellapa, Lewis, and Perseo, whose clients included not-for-profit corporations, civic groups, churches, cooperative corporations, and private real estate developers. Starting in 1997 Roland became the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity - NYC.  Roland led the organization for ten years, guiding it to become one of the top producers in the region and a nationally emulated model of Habitat urban success.

In the spring of 2007, Roland took the helm of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making the New York and New Jersey harbor and waterways accessible, healthy, and vibrant.  Under his leadership, MWA has organized a growing constituency for a better waterfront, instituted new programs to provide water access, and become the leading waterfront policy organization in the New York region.

In addition to his professional experience with community development, Roland has been active with many non-profit community organizations.  He served as Co-Chair of Housing First! and is now on the board of the New York Foundation and Chairman of the Board of the New Amsterdam Market.  Roland also currently serves as Co-Chair of the Harbor Coalition and is on the Freight and Maritime Advisory Board of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure & Transportation at Rutgers University, the Professional Advisory Committee for the New York Harbor School, the Hudson River Park Trust Advisory Council, and the New York City Waterfront Management Advisory Board.

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Meaghan Collins, Development Associate
mcollins[at]waterfrontalliance.org

Meaghan currently serves as the Development Associate for MWA. Before joining the organization in May 2013, Meaghan worked for the Therapeutic Landscapes Network and New Lands Farm in Western Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in Geography from Mount Holyoke College. Having grown up on the Jersey Shore, Meaghan is a passionate waterfront advocate, seafood connoisseur, and boardwalk devotee.

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Stephanie Hill, Event Manager
shill[at]waterfrontalliance.org

Stephanie started MWA in 2009, as a consultant helping to coordinate City of Water Day on Governors Island and assisting with other MWA events.  In February, 2013, she became MWA’s full time Event Manager.    She has a B.S. in Organizational Management from Nyack College and over ten years experience in billing and accounting.

 

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Louis Kleinman, Outreach Coordinator & Alliance Partner Liaison
lkleinman[at]waterfrontalliance.org

Louis KleinmanLouis joined MWA, originally aiding in the coordination of City of Water Day and assumed added responsibilities as indicated. He is an environmental and preservation activist with a Masters degree in international trade, and has substantial commercial experience in that field.

Please send event calendar notices to Louis for inclusion in the MWA 'Calendar of Events'. Also send to Louis your group or organization's information in order to become registered as a 'Partner' on the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance website.

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Andy Krochalk, Office Administrator and Assistant to the President
akrochalk[at]waterfrontalliance.org

Andy KrochalkAndy comes to MWA with a rich history of not for profit service, starting with a stint with Peace Corps Bolivia.  He has worked with Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City, NJ; OAI, inc. in Chicago, IL; and State of the World Forum in San Francisco, CA.  Andy has a strong interest in environmental issues and is very enthusiastic about the mission of the MWA. In his spare time he reads and continues to volunteer in the animal welfare field.

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Rasheed A. Malik, Government Affairs and Communications Associate
rmalik[at]waterfrontalliance.org

Rasheed joined MWA in August 2013 as the Government Affairs and Communications Associate, following an MWA Internship that saw him coordinating the City of Water Day press event at Liberty State Park, which was attended by State Sen. Barbara Buono, Congressman Frank Pallone, and NJ Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver. Rasheed will receive his B.S. in Public Affairs in December 2013 from CUNY’s Baruch College. Prior to joining the MWA, he served as Research Assistant to Donald Waisanen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication in the Baruch College School of Public Affairs.

Rasheed enjoys sports and games of all kinds, and is currently training his one-year-old daughter to someday play in the WNBA. She can already slam dunk on a three foot hoop, which is giving him hope.

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Harrison Peck, Program Manager, Ferry Transit
hpeck[at]waterfrontalliance.org

Harrison joined MWA in January 2013 to manage the organization’s new ferry transit advocacy program, with the goal of developing an expanded and enhanced ferry network for New York City and the surrounding region. A lifetime enthusiast of boating and nautical activities, Harrison brings with him more than three years of experience at NYC & Company, the city’s tourism marketing agency, where he worked as both a Market Research Manager and an Assistant Editor. After working for three months at the African Secretariat of ICLEI, an international environmental organization in Cape Town, Harrison returned to New York to pursue his Master’s in Urban Planning at Hunter College, during which he gained diverse experiences in both waterfront and transportation planning with the Waterfront and Open Space division of the Department of City Planning, New York City Transit, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

Harrison received his B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

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Michael Porto, Director of Outreach and Planning
mporto[at]waterfrontalliance.org

Michael joined MWA in December of 2013, responsible for developing and executing MWA's outreach strategy, and managing MWA's Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG) project. MWA is leading a process to develop design guidelines and an incentive program for the water’s edge for new and retrofitted waterfront development within the New York/New Jersey metropolitan region to encourage designs that are resilient, accessible to the public, and ecologically healthy, as well as economically feasible.  Prior to MWA, Michael was a project manager at Sam Schwartz Engineering in the planning and design department, specializing in environmental issues and public outreach. Active in his local community and a passionate advocate for more livable cities, Michael is a board member of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, a member of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council, and can often be found riding his bicycle or running along the waterfront on the weekends.  He has a B.S. in Business Administration from Siena College and a master's degree in urban planning from CUNY-Hunter College.

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José Soegaard, Program Manager
jsoegaard[at]waterfrontalliance.org

José joined MWA June 2013 to manage the Open Waters Initiative, a program to expand public access to the waterfront through the construction of Community Eco Docks throughout the city. He arrived from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, having studied public policy with a concentration in social and urban policy. His graduate research includes a study of the London Legacy Development Corporation's post-Olympic interim use and development programs in the Lea River Valley, providing strategic recommendations for community engagement.

Previously, José was the Policy & Research Manager for the Times Square Alliance, supporting the planning of the area's Broadway pedestrian plazas and overseeing its constituent feedback and qualitative evaluation process. He received a B.A. in history from Yale and is an avid cyclist, record collector, and die-hard F.C. Barcelona supporter.

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