Who We Are Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Clinton Housing Development Company is made of nine experienced members who meet monthly to review the operations and work of CHDC.

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Luz Monje President

Luz Monje has been a resident of Hell's Kitchen since 1980. She originally moved into a city-owned building, helped organize the Tenant Association and participated in the Tenant Interim Lease (TIL) Program, which led to the purchase and set-up of a successful Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) co-op. Luz is a long term CHDC board member, who has seen the evolution of the organization as it has anticipated the community’s needs.

Luz is currently employed at American Express Company as a Business Architect & Technical Project Manager, leading cross-functional teams in the delivery of web and enterprise software solutions.

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Rachel Allen Lovett Vice President

Rachel Lovett is currently the founding Executive Director of Thriving in Place and has a strategy, communications and resource development consulting practice with domestic and international clients. Prior to joining Thriving in Place, Ms. Lovett was the Managing Director of War Child USA and managed the $64.5M capital campaign for Theatre for a New Audience to build its first home in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. She has a wide range of experience in the for- and non-profit arenas. She is also on the Board of and a mentor for Infinite Family. Rachel holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

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Peter Hall Rider Secretary

Currently a stay-at-home dad to three kids in Brooklyn, Peter Rider began working with CHDC when he was the Community Board 4 Liaison – and later the Chief of Staff – for then Council Member Christine C. Quinn. He later led the David Rockefeller Fellows program at the Partnership for New York City before joining the New York region of Teach For America as first Vice President of Talent & Operations and then the Vice President of Alumni Affairs. He previously served as the City Council Speaker’s representative on the New York Public Library’s Board of Trustees and as a board member for the non-profit theater group Rising Circle. Peter is a summa cum laude graduate of Rice University, where he received a B.A. in Anthropology and English.

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David Andrew Korman Assistant Secretary

David Korman works with Tuana Associates, an owner's representation team that specializes in private residential projects. He is a licensed residential real estate salesperson and was formerly a licensed residential real estate appraiser.

David earned an AB degree from Harvard College and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley. He served on Manhattan Community Board No. 4 from 1992-99 and as Vice Chair from 1995-97. David was also a board member of the Hudson River Park Conservancy Advisory Board from 1993-99. He was a project manager at CHDC from 1994-98 and has been a board member since 1998.

Also during the previous millennium, David directed the historic preservation of the St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts, the former home of St. Ann's Warehouse. Last but not least, he is a licensed Citizen Pruner, permitted to prune city trees in all five boroughs as long as he keeps both feet on the ground.

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Daniel Henkel Member

Daniel Henkel is a licensed architect with his own practice, Design42 Architecture, in Hell’s Kitchen. He obtained his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and is licensed in NY, NJ, PA, MD, DE, VA, NC, and CT with twenty years of experience on a wide range of light commercial and residential projects.

Prior to moving his office and residence to the neighborhood in 2007, Dan, lived and worked in Hudson County, NJ. Dan served as the Board President of the Palisades Emergency Residence Corporation, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Union City, NJ as well as serving on a Committee for the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jersey City chapter.

As a member of the Hell’s Kitchen community, Dan has actively participated in many CHDC community events as a volunteer in support of the good work that CHDC does in the Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and beyond. In 2018, Dan was delighted to join the Board of Directors.

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William Kelley Member

William Kelley, an urban planning professional with over 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, joined CHDC in 2022 as Director of Planning and Programs. Before coming to CHDC, he was most recently Executive Director of the Village Alliance Business Improvement District, where he led the transformation of Astor Place, 8th Street and dozens of surrounding blocks into beautiful and welcoming public spaces that host community programs year round.

Prior to managing neighborhood service delivery and placemaking projects in Greenwich Village and Union Square, William held community development and strategic planning positions at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the NYC Department of Transportation and as a private consultant. He received a Master of Urban Planning degree from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and also attended Rice University in his home state of Texas. William's connection with CHDC dates back to the late 1990s when he was District Manager of Manhattan Community Board 4, and he is thrilled to return and steward the organization's planning and programming efforts.

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Carmen Matias Member

Carmen Matias is a Communications veteran with extensive experience in television production and public relations. She began her career right out of college as a Production Assistant on the WNEW-TV Show – Midday with Bill Boggs, now FOX-TV, and was promoted to Field Producer. She has done stints at WOR-TV as Senior Producer for Straight Talk, Field Producer for an independent production of Women in Non-Traditional Jobs, including working at WNET-THIRTEEN for Great Performances, Nureyev Tribute to Nijinsky. Carmen served on Manhattan Community Board 4, where she was co-chair of the Waterfront/Parks Committee and a member of the Chelsea Preservation Committee. Carmen is now an avid volunteer for FHL, tutors at PS 30 in Harlem, and works on the Theatre Desk at the Hudson Guild, securing tickets for seniors. Carmen completed her undergraduate studies at City University of New York, Hunter College, and graduate studies at Cornell University School of Labor Relations. Since 2005, Carmen and her husband live in Penn South. She formerly lived in Hell's Kitchen at Manhattan Plaza where she met her actor husband Hechter Ubarry.

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Joe Restuccia Member / Executive Director

Joe Restuccia has been involved in the preservation and creation of affordable housing in the Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea neighborhoods of Manhattan since 1980. He started as a tenant organizer at Housing Conservation Coordinators (HCC) before moving to Clinton Housing Development Company (CHDC) in 1983. He held various development and housing management positions until 1986 when he was appointed Executive Director. During his tenure as Executive Director, Mr. Restuccia has overseen organizational growth and the development of more than 1,200 units of affordable housing in 80 buildings on the west side of Manhattan. For full bio, please see Executive Director profile under CHDC Leadership.

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Anna Ulitsky Member

Anna Ulitsky a former English and Remedial Reading teacher, taught in New York City high schools for 31 years. She has been a resident and active member of the Chelsea community since 1967. Anna is a graduate of the Citizens’ Police Academy and was the chairperson of WESAC (Westside Against Crime) from 1991 to 2000 and president of the Midtown South Precinct Community Council from 1994 to 2000. She also served on Community Board 4 for seven years and served on the Midtown Community Court Advisory Board from 1998 to 2000. She is an NYC Community Achievement Award recipient and has served on the CHDC Board since 2006.