Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration), the nation’s first Community Development organization, partners with residents and business to improve the quality of life in Central Brooklyn.
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the nation’s first community development corporation, partners with residents and businesses to improve the quality of life of Central Brooklyn. We foster economic self-sufficiency, enhance family stability, promote the arts and culture, and transform neighborhoods into safe, vibrant places to live, work, and visit. Restoration is a dynamic institution that creates significant, sustainable and demonstrable impact in improving the well-being of local residents and businesses. Our program areas include:
- Workforce – work readiness, training and job placement
- Asset Building - financial literacy and planning
- Education – community-wide literacy and college prep
- Mixed - income Housing Development - rental and homeownership
- Arts and Culture - performing arts, visual arts and theater
- Energy Conservation - weatherization
- Small Business Services - entrepreneur education and micro-loan fund
- Restoration Plaza – commercial real estate management and business attraction
"The program for the development of Bedford Stuyvesant will combine the best of community action with the best of the private enterprise system. Neither by itself is enough, but in their combination lies our hope for the future."
Senator Robert F. Kennedy
344 Monroe Street
In 1964, with the cooperation of Senator Jacob K. Javits and Mayor John W. Lindsay, Senator Robert F. Kennedy set into motion a round of legislative action that created the Special Impact Program, an amendment to the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. He announced a seven-point action plan that would serve as a national model for community development. The plan called for the formation of the Bedford Stuyvesant Renewal and Rehabilitation Corporation and the Development Services Corporation, involving assistance from some of the foremost leaders of the American business community.
Under the leadership of Judge Thomas R. Jones, in 1967 the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) was formally established to consolidate and carry forward these efforts. Deputy Police Commissioner Franklin A. Thomas, an original board member of the Bedford Stuyvesant Renewal and Rehabilitation Corporation, and later to become President of the Ford Foundation, was elected as Restoration’s first president. Initial funding support came from the Taconic Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, the Edgar M. Stern Family Fund, the J.M. Kaplan Fund and the Ford Foundation.
One year later, Restoration purchased an abandoned milk bottling plant in the heart of Bedford Stuyvesant, Sheffield Farms, to serve as its new corporate headquarters. Renovations soon began to create what is now known as Restoration Plaza. Completed in 1972, today this 300,000 square feet commercial plaza is home to Restoration’s headquarters, the historic Billie Holiday Theatre, the Skylight Gallery and scores of local businesses, non-profits and government agencies, including a post office, local branches of JPMorgan Chase, Carver Bank and Citibank, Super Foodtown, a satellite campus of the College of New Rochelle, Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright's, and council menber Robert Curnegy's offices.
Since 1967, Restoration has catalyzed enormous economic, cultural, and educational improvements in Central Brooklyn. The following are some of our representative accomplishments:
Housing: Restoration has constructed or renovated 2,200 units of housing, including both ownership and rental. The corporation has also repaired the facades of 150 homes and provided $60 million in mortgage financing to nearly 1500 homeowners. In the recent past, Restoration was the second largest real estate owner in Brooklyn after the City of New York and controlled over $12 million in fixed assets. Today, Restoration remains committed to creating new housing infrastructure in Bed-Stuy where people of all income levels can have access to quality housing.
Economic Development: Restoration has been an important catalyst for business growth and investment promotion in Central Brooklyn, especially along the area’s main commercial corridors of Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenue. Among the businesses Restoration has brought to this area are a 25,000 square foot supermarket (Super Foodtown), Applebee’s Bar & Grill, the College of New Rochelle, a post office, and three major banks. To date, Restoration has attracted over $500 million in public and private investment to Central Brooklyn and created hundreds of jobs for local residents.
Financial Empowerment and Youth Services: Our Economic Solutions Center is a one-stop, multi-service hub designed to improve local residents’ financial, occupational and educational outcomes. Serving both adults and youth, the Center facilitates economic self-sufficiency and family stability while providing opportunities for upward mobility. Its pipeline of services includes workplace readiness training and job placement, benefits screening and enrollment, financial counseling, and asset building programs.
Restoration provides high school students with SAT prep classes and one-on-one counseling. Staff members review transcripts and report cards, assist in the completion of college applications and financial aid forms, and match students with tutoring and academic supports. In addition, we help young people prepare for the world of work by placing them in year-round internships and summer jobs.
Health and Fitness: Bedford Stuyvesant residents face some serious health challenges, including some of the highest rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in New York City. Restoration is leading borough-wide efforts to promote access to healthy food and physical activity. During the summer months, we sponsor a farmers’ market which offers fresh organic produce at reasonable prices. Under its Farm-to-Early Care initiative, Restoration partners with child care centers and Head Start programs and helps them procure fresh, locally grown food for meals and snacks offered to young children. Currently over 1,400 preschoolers are served by this program. To promote physical activity among area residents, Restoration provides free, twice-a-week group exercise programs on its premises. Last but not the least, we introduced the Citi Bike bike sharing program to Central Brooklyn in 2015. In less than two years, ridership levels have risen by over 20% each year, making it one of the most successful bike share deployments in the entire city.
Environmental Awareness: Restoration’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has been recognized as a leading provider of energy conservation services in the New York metro area. Supported by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the goal of the program is to reduce energy costs and improve safety and health standards for low income residents. Services include installation of new windows, upgrade of heating systems, and the provision of energy efficient appliances, such air conditioners and refrigerators.
Arts and Culture: Our Youth Arts Academy (YAA) is virtually the only comprehensive arts education institution in Bedford Stuyvesant. Together with another on-premises organization, the Noel Pointer Foundation, the Academy offers instruction in dance, music, and theatre to over 400 students ages 3-18 each year. The Skylight Gallery features artwork across multiple media, showcasing the work of some 100 local and national artists each year and drawing an average of 2,000 visitors. The recently renovated Billie Holiday Theatre is one of very few full-fledged theaters in Central Brooklyn, serving 30,000 people annually over a 36-week season. Winner of numerous Obie and AUDELCO awards, the Theatre is a launching pad for aspiring theatre professionals and a great community resource for residents interested in enjoying quality performances of the works of critically acclaimed playwrights.
Small Business Services: The strengthening of Central Brooklyn’s economic base through new business formation and promotion of entrepreneurship is a major part of Restoration’s economic development agenda. The Brooklyn Business Center seeks to support local entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing one-on-one coaching on business planning, sales and marketing, facilitating access to capital, and securing free or low-cost legal and other professional services for our clients.
Colvin W. Grannum
President & Chief Executive Officer
Colvin W. Grannum has served as president of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation since March 2001. Before embarking on his career in community development, Mr. Grannum practiced law for over 17 years in the public and private sectors. His public service engagements include serving on the board of directors of the New York City Housing Development Corporation, as well as the advisory boards of New York City’s Human Resources Administration and Department of Consumer Affairs. In addition, he is a convener for the Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford Stuyvesant, and a member of several advisory boards including JPMorgan Chase & Company and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group. In recognition of his passionate advocacy of the arts as a vehicle of social change, the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently appointed him as a Trustee of its Board representing the Borough of Brooklyn. Mr. Grannum earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Dyrnest K. Sinckler
Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President
Mr. Sinckler oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization and the implementation of capital programs. He directs and coordinates activities of the corporation and aids the CEO in formulating and implementing policy. Prior to coming to Restoration in 2002, Mr. Sinckler served in the public sector for over 20 years, most recently as the Deputy Commissioner of Management and Budget in the New York City Department of Investigation. Mr. Sinckler attended high school at Erasmus Hall and received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University. Mr. Sinckler attended high school at Erasmus Hall and received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University. Later he went on to receive a Masters in Business Administration from Baruch College’s Executive MBA Program.
Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President
Ms. Carlson has over 20 years of progressive business consulting, fiscal management and executive management experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. A seasoned accounting and finance executive, she combines her financial strengths with broad business experience in community development, economic development, commercial real estate and housing development, and asset management. Prior to joining Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in 2008, she served as a fiscal and executive management consultant to non-profit organizations. She has also worked as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer at Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City. In that capacity she was responsible for creating substantial growth in the organization’s operating budget, operating reserves, housing development and homeownership operations.
EVP of Strategy and Business Development
Mr. Bell leads Restoration’s weatherization and energy efficiency businesses, sustainability initiatives, economic development activities including the Gateway Business Improvement District, and various new business efforts. Before joining the executive team in 2011, Mr. Bell enjoyed a fruitful Wall Street career and leadership roles in several non-profits in healthcare and literacy. He remains active in both for-profit and non-profit activities including roles as Vice Chair of the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency, and as Director (former Chair and Treasurer) of the Ralph Lauren Cancer Center in New York City. Mr. Bell earned his BA and MBA degrees from Harvard, and attended the University of Mexico as a Rotary International Fellow. He is also a member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Bell contributes strategic analysis to the executive team and seeks opportunities for Restoration to pursue scalable projects that generate business activity, and increase wealth and prosperity for all Central Brooklyn residents.
Executive Vice President, Programs/Organizational Development
Ms. Capers oversees program planning, external affairs and development operations at Restoration. Prior to joining Restoration full time in September 2005, she served as a consultant to Restoration leading efforts to renew funding relationships, increase board involvement and create strategic partnerships. Other past clients included the Bowery Residents’ Committee, the Development Training Institute, the New York Community Trust and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Ms. Capers has held a number of leadership posts at nonprofits and government: she served as Vice President of Development at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); and Chief of Staff for the New York City Department of Small Business Services. A resident of Brooklyn, Ms. Capers serves on the boards of the Noel Pointer Foundation and the Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union. Ms. Capers received her Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Yale University and studied policy at the Fels Center of Government, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Indira Etwaroo
Executive Director, RestorationArt
Dr. Indira Etwaroo, producer, educator, scholar and non-profit arts leader, has worked with top-notch cultural institutions including BAM, New York Public Radio, and NPR. Her responsibilities have included strategic content innovation, funding stream diversification, multi-platform digital expansion and audience development. She conceptualized and executive-produced the first-ever seminal recordings of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle with artistic directors Ruben Santiago Hudson and Stephen McKinley Henderson; the American Radio Broadcast Premiere of Their Eyes Were Watching God narrated by Phylicia Rashad (2012); and the NPR Presents national tour of Water +, directed by Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon. Dr. Etwaroo received her PhD in Cultural Studies and Masters in Dance Education from Temple University where she taught undergraduate and graduate lecture courses. A Fulbright Scholar, she has received many awards and honors for her work, including being named one of the “40 under 40” national leaders by The Network Journal.
VP of Development & Communications
In her position as Vice President of Development & External Affairs, Ms. Reynolds is responsible for managing Restoration’s key external relationships, leading the organization’s development and communication activities, and helping build Restoration’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. Her duties include cultivating individual and institutional donor support and expanding and diversifying Restoration’s donor base/pipeline to secure funding for new initiatives. Prior to joining Restoration in 2014, Ms. Reynolds worked in senior fundraising positions at several nonprofits, including Citymeals-on-Wheels. Ms. Reynolds received her MPA from North Carolina Central University.
Brooklyn Business Center
Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
Economic Solutions Center
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation has been a leader in the development of Central Brooklyn. For its pioneering work, Restoration has been recognized locally and nationally as a model for community development. Through the years, Restoration has been able to attract the highest caliber of talent to advance its mission. Restoration is an equal opportunity employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Currently, Restoration has several positions available:
Besides being an employer in its own right, Restoration helps people find jobs at other organizations and businesses. Restoration's experienced job developers work with local employers to seek openings and identify suitable candidates.
Customer Service Specialist
Economic Solutions Center
Restoration is seeking an enthusiastic Customer Service Specialist. The Customer Service Specialist ensures that prospective and current program participants have a fulfilling experience with Restoration’s Economic Solutions Center resulting in long-lasting relationships and return visits for additional services. Specific responsibilities and tasks include, but are not limited to:
- Facilitate retention of customers by providing excellent customer service
- Front office reception and serving as a host to incoming customers
- Schedule appointments for prospective customers to come in for intake and service orientation
- Conduct intake, triage and enrollment with new customers
- Collect applicable documentation such as resumes, photo ID’s, benefits letters, etc.
- Set up appointments for customers to meet with Resource Coordinators, Financial Counselors, Job Developers, and schedule for workshop participation.
- Field phone calls to reach out to potential customers, remind existing customers of upcoming phone calls, and survey existing and past customers on their degree of satisfaction with services received.
- Enter pertinent demographic and assessment data from intake, triage and enrollment into the appropriate data systems.
- Participate outreach initiatives, such as tabling at events and distributing information on services throughout the community
- Provide management with input on how to continuously improve customer service to program participants.
Experience and Qualifications:
- Excellent people skills and open attitude to work with a diverse constituency
- A proven record in customer service and demonstrated ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment
- Formidable communication skills, both in speech and in writing
- Hold a High School diploma in additional to relevant certifications and/or training
- Have a minimum of two years of full time work experience in a similar position or position with transferable skills
- Experience working with various data systems
- Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Bilingual Customer Service Specialists are encouraged to apply
- Available to work evenings and Saturdays
Economic Solutions Center
Restoration is seeking an enthusiastic Employment Specialist & Career Coach to develop, maintain and deepen relationships with employers through our business services. These services include candidate screenings for job openings as well as career development and retention services (incl. benefits enrollments, financial coaching, and training opportunities). The Employment Specialist & Coach will also work directly with job seekers to match them with jobs; in addition, they will coordinate with the Education & Training and Social Services Teams to ensure that job seekers receive services that meet their needs. Specific responsibilities and tasks include, but are not limited to:
- Provide one-on-one coaching and counseling, facilitate workshops, and provide retention services to program participants;
- Develop and maintain close relationship with employers for the purpose of job orders, internship opportunities and retention services for their staff
- Maintain high level of knowledge of labor market trends and high demand industries/sectors
- Conduct a career and job ready assessment and match clients to employers
- Maintain a high level of results accountability by entering pertinent customer data and case notes on a real time basis and update relevant information and data in various database systems as soon as new data becomes available;
- Work in team with Education & Training and Social Services staff to ensure that clients meet the best possible outcomes across services.
- Manage data recording of intake, assessment, service delivery, and outcomes for multiple contracts (incl. DYCD NDA Healthy Families and OTDA SNAP Venture III).
- Provide reports to Program Manager on a weekly basis.
Experience and Qualifications:
- Bachelor's or Master's degree preferred
- Established connections with businesses and employers a pre
- Excellent presentation and customer service skills and social skills demonstrative of empathy and support
- Attention for detail and ability to manage and leverage multiple contracts
- Excellent organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, milestones and be a team-player
- Excellent database and administrative skills with attention for detail and ability to manage data and information for multiple contracts.
- Proficient with MS Office (Excel, Word, Access & Outlook).
In order to apply, please email cover letter and resume to Judith Anglin, HR Director, at email@example.com.
Community Food Coordinator
Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Community Food Coordinator reports directly to the Center for Healthy Neighborhoods Manager at Restoration to support healthy food and nutrition initiatives programming and activities, especially those relevant to Farm to Institution and fresh food procurement. The Community Food Coordinator ensures the coordination and sustainability of the work as part of Restoration’s larger mission and vision as a community development organization.
Duties will include, but are not limited to:
- Ensure deliverables are met for community food, and nutrition programs, working with internal and external stakeholders.
- Direct and oversee the development and implementation of strategies to raise awareness and communicate initiatives through outreach, website, social media, conferences, reports, brochures and other media opportunities.
- Ensure Community Food project efforts are well-grounded in Restoration’s community development context, helping to connect work to housing, employment, health care, financial wellness, and other outcomes.
- Lead outreach efforts to recruit new participants to Farm to Institution Program, including senior and early childhood centers, and other provider of institutional food.
- Liaise with existing Farm to Institution program participants, including food service vendors, farmers and food hub providers.
- Perform community outreach to help participants, and other community members understand healthy food, nutrition and wellness.
- Plan events surrounding Cooking Demonstrations, including but not limited to Farmers Market and Food and Family Day community events and trainings.
- Oversee interns and serve as a support as needed.
- Help improve data collection and outcomes measurement, and maintain regular communication with project partners.
- Represent Restoration at meetings, trainings and local and national conferences as needed.
- Support relationships with the members of the Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn and other community food stakeholders.
- Assist with coordination of weekly Farm Box Program.
- Four year degree, with masters degree in public health, nutrition, or community organizing preferred;
- Strong experience in direct community engagement; including with racial equity focus;
- Proven program planning and implementation experience and skills;
- Creativity and ability to develop innovative program strategies that integrate multiple program areas and blend various funding streams;
- Experience working with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, elected officials and staff, private foundations, and media;
- Significant knowledge of programs serving low-income communities, ideally public health, nutrition, procurement, workforce development, benefits access, and/or community development programs;
- Fundraising research, grant writing and reporting experience highly desired; and
- Excellent writing and computer skills.
To apply, please contact janglin@ restorationplaza.org