Hostos Community College Annual Gala Event. The 2014 theme was: “The Art of Giving”, focusing on our future leaders, all funds received for this event will be used to create opportunities for Hostos students to continue their pathway in higher education.
Here are the honorees:
The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation
Marlene Cintron was born to Puerto Rican parents in The Bronx. She has worked for Congressman Robert Garcia, Mayor David N. Dinkins, the government of Puerto Rico and the New York State Senate in broad policy positions impacting the Puerto Rican and Latino community.
Ms. Cintron received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY College at Old Westbury, her Master’s in Education Administration from Fordham University and her Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Cintron is also a trustee of Boricua College, and director of the NYC Economic Development Corporation. She was also appointed by Governor Cuomo to the New York City Regional Economic Development Corporation.
Senior Vice Chancellor For University Relations And Secretary Of The Board Of Trustees, CUNY
The City University of New York is the leading public urban university system in the nation. Senior Vice Chancellor and Board Secretary Hershenson’s portfolio includes the development and implementation of CUNY’s external relations programs, including governmental, media and community relations, marketing, communications and CUNY-TV and the administration of the Board of Trustees’ agenda, meetings and records.
He has served as Vice Chancellor since 1984 and has worked in senior level administrative positions for seven CUNY Chancellors and with over 100 CUNY trustees since the mid-1970’s. He has made a lifelong commitment to education and, in particular, to the use of higher education to positively transform lives. He received an M.A. in Urban Studies and a B.A. in Communications, Arts and Sciences and University Administration from Queens College, CUNY, after transferring from Queensborough Community College, CUNY. In 1974, he was elected and re-elected in 1975 to serve as the Chairperson of the University Student Senate of CUNY and became the first elected student trustee on the University’s Board of Trustees. Senior Vice Chancellor Hershenson has received numerous awards and recognition from various organizations over the past several years for his commitment to positively transforming lives through higher education.
Luis A. Ubiñas
Philanthropist and Policy Advocate
Luis A. Ubiñas serves on several multilateral, government and nonprofit boards and advisory committees, including the U.S. Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation and the Advisory Committee for the U.S. Export Import Bank. He is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the New York Public Library and chairs the Northeast Regional Committee for the White House Fellows Program. In the private sector, Luis serves on the boards of Electronic Arts and Valassis Communications.
Luis stepped down as president of the Ford Foundation, the second-largest philanthropy in the United States, in September, 2013. The Foundation has an endowment of nearly $12 billion and operates worldwide, with offices in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Luis was a Director at McKinsey & Company, leading the firm’s media practice on the West Coast. He served technology, telecommunications and media companies, working with them to develop and implement strategies and improve operations. Much of his work focused on the opportunities and challenges represented by the global growth of broadband and wireless technologies and applications. Luis is a graduate of Harvard College, where he was named a Truman Scholar, and Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, graduating with highest honors. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
President and CEO
Phipps Houses Group
Mr. Adam Weinstein is President and CEO of Phipps Houses, its 50+ affordable housing subsidiaries and affiliates, and Chairman of Phipps Neighborhoods, its social service sister organization. He joined Phipps Houses in 1989 as Assistant to the President, becoming a Vice President in 1992, Chief Operating Officer in 1993, and its President and CEO in 2001. Phipps Houses is the nation’s oldest and one of its largest not-for-profit enterprises committed to creating opportunity by developing, acquiring, operating and managing affordable housing. It has developed or preserved more than 8,000 affordable apartments in New York City, has another 1,100 apartments in construction, plus an active pipeline of new developments. Phipps Neighborhoods offers more than 30 different education and career programs, and access to community resources to help 11,000 New Yorkers annually build better lives for themselves, their families and their community, principally in neighborhoods where Phipps has a substantial housing impact.
Mr. Weinstein lives in the Bronx and is an active board member of a number of affordable housing advocacy and research organizations. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University.