Staff

MWA

Roland Lewis, President and CEO

Douglas E. Adams, Chief Operating Officer

Stephanie Hill, Event Manager

Louis Kleinman, Outreach Coordinator & Alliance Partner Liaison

Andy Krochalk, Office Administrator and Assistant to the President

Kate McLetchie-Sheldon, Director of Communications and Development

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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Douglas E. Adams, AICP, Chief Operating Officer
dadams[at]waterfrontalliance.org

Douglas E. Adams, AICP, is MWA’s chief operating officer.  He has fifteen years’ experience in management and city planning and holds a master of urban planning degree from New York University.  Prior to MWA, Douglas was the director of active transportation planning for Sam Schwartz Engineering, where he started and managed the active transportation service line.  In that role, Douglas directed all aspects of transportation planning projects, including the firm’s largest (community outreach for the Second Avenue Subway, one of the largest capital construction projects in the U.S.).  His work has focused on bicycle and pedestrian planning, design, safety, and public involvement to improve the multi-modal efficiency of urban spaces and reconnect urban waterfronts to upland communities.  Douglas serves on the board of directors of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, and his projects have received numerous awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Planning Association, the Women’s Transportation Seminar, and the Sierra Club.  In 2004 Douglas moved to New York from Atlanta, where he managed the geographic information systems and drafting department of AGL Resources, the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the U.S.  In Atlanta, Douglas served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Decatur, Georgia, and on Kennesaw State University’s Community Advisory Board for the Department of Geography and Anthropology.

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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.  He earned a degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation from the University of Wisconsin and then joined the Peace Corps where he worked as an environmental educator in Tapacari, Bolivia.  His first job after his return to the U.S. was as a bicycle courier in San Francisco, CA.  He has worked in animal welfare in Jersey City, NJ; with OAI, inc. in Chicago, IL; and with 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 MWA. In his spare time he reads, watches too many movies, and continues to volunteer in the animal welfare field.

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Kate McLetchie-Sheldon, Director of Communications and Development
kmcletchie[at]waterfrontalliance.org

Kate McLetchie-Sheldon has a decade of experience leading communications and fundraising initiatives for nonprofit organizations.  She most recently served as Director of Development and Strategy at the Global Partnership for Afghanistan, and previously held roles at the African Rainforest Conservancy, High Atlas Foundation, and Echoing Green. Prior to launching her career in the nonprofit sector, Kate served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco for two years where she managed environmental education and rural community development projects in a village nestled between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara (just about the farthest you can get from a body of water).  She holds a Master's Degree in marine environmental science from Stony Brook University (2005) where her thesis research focused on the effects of sea level rise and anthropogenic modifications during the past century on Long Island salt marshes; she holds a Bachelor's Degree in biology from Wheaton College, MA (2001); and she considers herself fortunate to have spent an undergraduate semester at The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport where upon learning that the ocean covers three-quarters of the planet, she took a lifelong interest in all things salty and seaworthy.

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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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