Samara Daly and Teresa Gonzalez take pride in being knowledgeable advocates who are able to think strategically and solve problems quickly and creatively. Together, they have successfully navigated complex public fundraising campaign and community issues. From creating strategic plans to stewarding capital campaigns from beginning to end, Samara and Teresa look forward to sharing this knowledge and expertise to further strengthen New York City’s growing and diverse communities.
Teresa Gonzalez has a broad background in public relations, management and arts administration in New York City. Her career includes public affairs, programming and partnership work at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Museum for Contemporary Crafts in Portland, Oregon.
During her time in city government, she was Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Communications Director and Chief of Staff at the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit. She has worked as a publicist for Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Old Stone House, Weeksville Heritage Center, the World Science Festival, United Photo Industries and Brooklyn Historical Society, where she also consults on public programming. She also helped secure capital funding for National Sawdust, formerly Original Music Workshop in Williamsburg.
In 1997, she received a bachelor’s degree in English/Professional Writing from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Milano – The New School in 2008.
She resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she was born and raised.
Samara Daly has extensive experience in city government and working with non-profits ranging from cultural to education institutions. She spent over 12 years as a senior aide in the Speaker’s Office in the City Council where she was Director of Scheduling & Advance; advised on public/private partnerships to Speaker Quinn and served as the liaison to the Mayor’s Office for the $130 Million renovation of the Speaker’s Offices, Members’ Lounge and Chambers at City Hall.
Samara’s clients include St. Ann’s Warehouse-Tobacco Warehouse, where she help to lead the public capital campaign from the City of New York towards the overall $32M Capital Campaign, the famous iconic historic renovation of the Chelsea Hotel, and New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where she has helped to create a public private partnership with lead support from the New York State Regional Council and the New York City Council.
She sits on the Board of Directors of Rooftop Films, Chairs Council of BRIC and the PTA playground committee at the Carroll School-PS 58. Samara resides in Carroll Gardens with her husband, 10-year-old son and their dog Morris.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Urban Studies from Queens College, CUNY.
Jennifer Klein kopchik, senior advisor
Jen Klein Kopchik is a planning and development professional with widespread experience in private and public sectors and specializes in planning, economic development and public-private partnerships. With a passion for placemaking and strategic planning, she has been an integral part of groundbreaking projects that have changed the landscape of New York City. While working in the institutional sector, Jen lead Strategic Capital Partnerships for Cornell Tech where she oversaw complicated real estate transactions and relationships with government agencies and public constituents. Through this she strategized ways to better reach Cornell’s economic development commitments to the City of New York and ensured the realization of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island.
During her time in city and state government, Jen was Vice President for Capital Planning and Construction at Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, where she oversaw design and construction of an 85-acre waterfront park along the East River. She was responsible for the capital planning of Brooklyn Bridge Park and championing the realization of sustainable park design within the urban environment. Jen has also held positions in the private sector where she provided program and federal funding consulting for municipal and state government clients.
Jen received a Masters of Public Administration from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from American University, and serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of a private pre-school in Long Island. She resides in Manhasset with her husband and their three energetic boys.
ibrahim abdul-matin, senior advisor
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has advised two New York City mayors on sustainability policy and best practices surrounding complex infrastructure policy, costs and benefits of environmental policy, impacts of capital projects on communities, and the implications of long-term planning and resilience. He has also worked with Fortune 500 companies on sustainability and innovation. In the past, Abdul-Matin developed tools to connect, support, train, and fund grassroots activists. He has spoken and written for a variety of outlets on Islam and sustainability, urban politics, infrastructure, the land use process, resilience, organizing and activism, public engagement processes, and technology and governance. From 2008 to 2012, he served as the on-air sports contributor to WNYC’s The Takeaway, and he has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Al Jazeera, among other outlets. Abdul-Matin is a co-founder of the Brooklyn Academy for Science and the Environment, a former Outward Bound instructor, and a 2008 National Urban Fellow. In 2015, he was named one of the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in New York City Politics by City & State magazine. Abdul-Matin is the author of Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet.
Shadoe tarver, project manager
Shadoe Tarver is a proud born and bred Brooklynite, and is excited by the prospect of fostering civic activity throughout neighborhoods in the five boroughs and finding points of positive confluence between various stakeholders including business leaders, elected officials, community leaders and residents. He is incredibly passionate about issues relating to education equity and opportunity, and affordable housing in urban metropolises.
Prior to his tenure at the firm, he worked at Bloomberg LP in Global Philanthropy & Engagement where he managed strategic philanthropic investments and initiatives in education across the US. Shadoe also served in the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City as the Chief of Staff of the Community Affairs Unit, where he helped forge critical relationships with residents and local leaders and assisted city agencies in directing community capacity building programs.
Shadoe graduated with a B.A. in Government from Franklin & Marshall College in 2010.
Arden walentowski, project coordinator
Arden Walentowski is a long-time New Yorker and a detailed project coordinator and communicator with over 10 years of nonprofit administration experience and a track record of leading large and small scale projects. She is passionate about making the arts accessible for all New Yorkers and working towards higher education reform in the U.S.
Prior to joining the firm, she worked at the Atlantic Theater Company and in the Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Arden graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science.