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 multi-layered public fundraising campaigns and worked on complex community issues. From creating robust stakeholder engagement 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 has an extensive background in government, community affairs and public relations in New York City, including serving as Communications Director and Chief of Staff at the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) during the Bloomberg administration. Prior to this, Teresa served as the Deputy Press Secretary at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She has held several leadership positions at cultural institutions throughout her career including at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Bridge Park and at the Museum for Contemporary Crafts in Portland, Oregon.
Teresa received her bachelor’s degree in English/Professional Writing from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and received a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Milano – The New School. She sits on the board of United Photo Industries and is an active member of Puerto Rican Women in Action. She resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she was born and raised.
Samara has extensive experience in city government and working with non-profits and developers ranging from cultural, education institutions to mix-use developers and high-tech companies. She spent over 12 years as a senior aide in the Speakers Office in the City Council where she oversaw the Scheduling and Advance Department as well as public-private partnerships for the Speaker. After working in the Speaker’s Office, Samara oversaw Strategic Partnerships for Macro-Sea, a local developer working on innovative projects that included New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and managed the Public Affairs for St. Ann’s Warehouse redevelopment of the Tobacco Warehouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park, she continues to work with St. Ann’s to-date.
Samara sits on the Board of Directors of All in Bklyn, Chairs Council of BRIC and the PTA playground committee at the Carroll School-PS 58. Samara resides in Carroll Gardens with her husband and 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.
Lauren Quinones, Project Manager
Lauren Quinones is an accomplished manager with a history of working in government and non-profit administration. She spent over 6 years at the New York City Council serving as Assistant Director of Public Technology and Digital Strategy under Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Lauren is passionate about social justice issues and ensuring that communities are connected to and empowered with the resources needed to serve them. Skilled in project scheduling, event management, and digital strategy, Lauren specializes in online to offline engagement with audiences.
In her spare time, Lauren volunteers with several youth organizations and serves as the Director of External Affairs for Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. A born and raised native of El Barrio/East Harlem she now resides with her 4-year-old daughter in the West Farms portion of the Bronx.
Lauren holds a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from La Salle University and has her Masters in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.
Ciera Long-Corley, project coordinator
Ciera Long-Corley is a born and raised New Yorker and a new project coordinator and communicator. Ciera grew up in the real estate and development world by tagging along side her dad as his real estate brokerage firm. She is passionate about NYC architecture and development and reforming affordable and public housing. She has 4 years experience with office administration and a background in design and technology.
Prior to joining the firm, she worked at REBNY as the professional development coordinator.
Ciera recently graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a B.A. in Architectural Technology.