Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City (NHSNYC), a leading nonprofit organization and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) dedicated to empowering individuals and families through homeownership and financial education, is pleased to announce the formation of its new Advisory Board for the term 2024-2026.

Comprised of esteemed leaders and experts from various sectors, the Advisory Board (AB) will provide strategic guidance to NHSNYC’s Executive Leadership on a range of topics including organizational operations, resource development, and program innovation. Members of the Advisory Board will advise the Executive Leadership Team on matters within their areas of expertise, serving as an invaluable resource to anticipate and address challenges and to explore opportunities to innovate and grow the organization’s efficiency, resources, and impact.

“We are thrilled to welcome the exceptional individuals joining NHSNYC’s Advisory Board,” said David Bagatelle, President of the Board of Directors of NHSNYC. “Their diverse experiences and commitment to community development and affordable housing efforts will be invaluable as we continue to advance our mission of creating stronger, more resilient communities throughout New York City, specifically during this time of transition into new leadership for the organization.”

The appointed members of the NHSNYC Advisory Board for the 2024-2026 term are:

    • John Buran, President & CEO, Flushing Bank (Chartered Member)
    • Mark Castle, Vice President, BNY Mellon
    • Christine Cumming, Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Retired)
    • Tamara E. Gifford, Director, Community & External Relations, Ocwen Financial Corporation
    • Edward Kramer, Senior Advisor, Asurity
    • Raveesh Kumar, Chief Executive, US Operations, Bank of Baroda
    • Robert Lehrman, Lodestone Banking Consultancy
    • Patrick McEnerney, Freedom Mortgage Corporation
    • Lydia Nugent, MetLife (Retired)
    • Irma Valdez, Real Estate Agent, Corcoran

“Together, we are excited to harness the Advisory Board’s passion and talents to advance our mission of improving the lives and well-being of low-to-moderate-income New Yorkers through financial empowerment, sustainable and affordable homeownership, and equitable access to capital,” Mr. Bagatelle continued.

For more information about NHSNYC and its programs, please visit


Amanda Parker
Resource Development Manager
Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City (NHSNYC)

About Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City (NHSNYC):
Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City (NHSNYC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and preserving affordable housing opportunities for low-to-moderate-income individuals and families. Through a range of programs and services, NHSNYC empowers communities, promotes homeownership, and enhances the quality of life for residents across New York City. NHSNYC is a federally certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, and a chartered member of NeighborWorks America.

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