Board of Directors
Habitat NYC has a highly engaged Board of Directors composed of members with diverse backgrounds and expertise. The Board has a vital leadership role in making strategic decisions about the immediate and longer-range direction of Habitat NYC, as well as identifying and obtaining essential financial support.
Doug Morse, Chair
Douglas Morse is a private investor with extensive experience in real estate and asset management, and is the Managing Member of North Lake Capital. His professional career began in real estate, at Colliers/ABR, focussing on commercial office leasing and management. He later joined his family real estate firm, where he was active in mortgage financing and acquisitions. In 1997, he shifted his career into investment management, becoming a Vice President of Alliance Capital Management's Hedge Fund Group. More recently, Mr. Morse was Chief Investment Officer of Duet Alternative Investments - US, where he served as Senior Portfolio Manager, overseeing several hedge fund of fund portfolios. Mr. Morse is Treasurer of the Morse Family Foundation and is currently a Trustee of Young Audiences/NY, one of New York’s oldest and largest arts education organizations. He received his B.A. in Economics from Trinity College, Hartford.
Martha Parrish, Secretary
Martha Parrish is a semi-retired New York City art dealer, having co-owned a Manhattan gallery specializing in early 20th Century American art. She now serves as a curator for a well-known American collection as well as private art dealer and consultant for her firm, MVP & Company. She has served on the board of the Art Dealers Association of American (ADAA), a national fraternal organization. She is a member of the Fellows of the Whitney Museum of American Art as well as a member of the Fellows of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO. Earlier in her career, she was an editor for the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, FL and the Palm Beach Daily News and Palm Beach Life, Palm Beach, Fl. Martha is a member of the Cabinet of Habitat for Humanity International, Atlanta, GA. She majored in journalism at Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. Martha divides her time between her city apartment and a Columbia County farmhouse. She is the mother of three and grandmother of five.
Zali Win, Treasurer
Zali Win is a managing director in the Global Commodity Finance group at Crédit Agricole. Prior to joining the bank, he had similar responsibilities at BNP Paribas. His experience with financial institutions includes commercial and residential real estate development financing. He has worked as a volunteer for nonprofit and educational organizations for more than 25 years. He currently serves as a trustee of Kenyon College, Chair of the Philander Chase Corporation, Secretary/Treasurer of Rondout-Esopus Land Conservancy and Treasurer of Prospect Burma in the US. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and received an MBA from Babson College.
John Alex is Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley. He was born and raised in a suburb of Kansas City. He currently lives in Middletown, New Jersey with his wife, five daughters and stepdaughters. John attended Columbia University and graduated with a B.A. in Economics in 1989. In his senior year he was elected captain of the football team. John has spent 25 years as a Financial Advisor in New York City; he moved to Morgan Stanley in November of 2011. In 2005, in response to the tsunami in Sri Lanka, John founded the United Aid Foundation (UAF), a 501(c)3 non-profit disaster relief organization. This foundation provided clean water systems and returned to rebuild 3 villages. Subsequently, UAF has responded to Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti Earthquake, the Birmingham tornado, the Joplin tornado, Hurricane Sandy, and the earthquake in Nepal. In addition, UAF fully supports an orphanage in eastern Romania and a non-religious school in Lahore, Pakistan.
Mike moved to NYC from Atlanta in January 2015 to be North American Corporate Counsel for SYSTRA, a global transportation engineering company. He is currently Corporate Counsel at SKANSKA WALSH Design-Build Joint Venture. While in Atlanta, Mike was a member of the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors for 6 years, from 2008 to 2014. He chaired the resource development committee and was very active in sponsoring and building homes, attending special events, and leading home dedications and events with family partners. Mike first became involved with Habitat for Humanity in 1991, volunteering with his church on a home build and has been committed to the mission ever since. Mike also served as the family selection and site selection chairman for the Dekalb County, Georgia Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the late 1990’s.
Vimla Black Gupta
Vimla Black Gupta is a Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at the Estee Lauder Companies where she most recently led marketing at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Vimla’s 20-year career in marketing working on $1BN businesses, began at Gillette, then Procter&Gamble and currently the Estee Lauder Companies. Her marketing leadership and expertise has taken her across numerous categories from Personal Care, to Oral Care, to Grooming to Beauty. A graduate of Duke University, Vimla then went on to receive her MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
John S. Isaacs
John S. Isaacs joined CB Richard Ellis as an Executive Vice President in November 2005. During his 24 years in the commercial real estate industry, John has successfully arranged over 26 million square feet of transactions, representing a wide range of public and private corporations and owners in multifaceted assignments in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the U.S. Prior to joining CBRE, he established himself as one of Cushman & Wakefield's top producers during his seven-year tenure. In 2009, he completed a 100,000-square-foot transaction on behalf of ImClone Systems Inc., as the anchor tenant in East River Science Park, the first world-class research and laboratory development in NYC. He was awarded a national exclusive with IDS USA, to expand a three million-square-foot portfolio throughout the U.S which included 1.8 million square feet of transactions in Mira Loma and Chino, CA, the largest transactions in the state of California. In 2008, he was awarded Most Creative Deal of the year by SL Green Realty Corp for a transaction on behalf of RSM McGladrey. Over the years, John has represented a multitude of companies such as Cole Haan (Nike Inc.), Pernod Ricard USA, Vestar Capital Partners, PB Capital Corporation and Salvatore Ferragamo.
Brian Lichter is a partner in the Real Estate Group at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, one of the world's premier law firms, where he represents owners, developers, funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and other financial institutions in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions. He concentrates on the acquisition and disposition of office, retail and multifamily properties, joint ventures, commercial mortgage, mezzanine and construction financings, preferred equity investments, and debt restructurings. Prior to joining Davis Polk in 2013, Brian was a partner in the Real Estate Department at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he spent the first 11 years of his career. Brian has served in a number of roles at UJA‐Federation of New York and is currently a member of its Real Estate Council as well as the chair of its Loan Funds Task Force. Brian also serves as a next generation trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He received a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Brian’s wife, Blair, is a member of Habitat NYC’s Leadership Council.
Christine McGuinness is a business lawyer, combining knowledge of real property and other commercial assets with on-the-ground experience. She is the leader of the Real Estate Practice Group at Schiff Hardin, a national law firm with over 400 attorneys in eight offices. She represents real estate developers and lenders in all aspects of commercial real estate, as well as individuals and corporations in the acquisition, leasing and financing of corporate jets and fractional aircraft interests. She is also committed to several important pro bono causes. She previously served as board member of Habitat for Humanity NYC from 2008-2015, rejoining the Board in 2017. She also currently provides guidance and representation at the Leviticus Fund in connection with the financing of low-income housing.
Fr. Stephen Mimnaugh, Vice Chair
Fr. Stephen Mimnaugh, OFM is a Franciscan friar and Executive Director of St. Francis Friends of the Poor, one of New York City’s original permanent supportive housing providers. Stephen began his Franciscan life in 2002 following a career in real estate finance and banking and was ordained as a priest in 2009. Born and raised in Connecticut, Stephen graduated from the University of Vermont, and eventually settled in his adopted home of Philadelphia. He holds a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in urban policy, a master of divinity from the Washington Theological Union, and is a PhD candidate in social welfare at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Anthony Montalto, PE, LEED AP, is an Associate Partner at Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B), a New York City consulting engineering firm. He has parlayed his technical expertise into managing projects for one of New York’s top medical center’s post-Sandy restoration, Weill Cornell Medical College’s Belfer Research Building, New York Stem Cell, Columbia University Medical Center, SUNY Cobleskill, in addition to numerous high-profile financial institutions. Anthony plays a leading role in his firm’s in-house professional development program, JB&B University, of which he is a PDH-accredited professor in the HVAC division. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York, a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), on whose Board of Governors he currently serves as vice president, and was recently honored as one of ENR New York’s 2017 Top Young Professionals. He has a longstanding history with Habitat for Humanity, having first volunteered in high school, and he was a key player on the design coordination of the Sydney House project.
Peter J. Murray, Vice Chair
Peter Murray is the founder and owner of Dolphin Property Services, LLC, a full service property management and consulting firm specializing in affordable housing. Prior to forming Dolphin Property Services, he was the development partner for Loewen Development. During his 20 years at Loewen, Mr. Murray completed 23 developments (mostly affordable) with over 1,800 housing units as well as ancillary commercial space. As the development partner, Mr. Murray oversaw acquisition, municipal approvals, financing, loan administration and marketing. Mr. Murray has a BA in Political Science and Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a JD from the University of Miami School of Law. Mr. Murray is admitted to the Florida and New York Bar and is an Executive Board Member of the New York State Association of Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH).
Erika Parkins currently serves as a Senior Analyst for the Hearst Corporation, where she helps the organization understand how new technologies can impact their many businesses. Erika believes in having options and not being afraid to try new things- she has thus spent her academic and professional life exploring every intellectual curiosity. With a career that has spanned art, urban planning, real estate, entertainment and media, she has honed her strengths in strategic and analytical thinking while launching new brands, products and corporate divisions. Erika has a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania- where she concurrently completed a year of architectural studies from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation- an MA in Urban Planning from Harvard University and an MA in Journalism from New York University.
Richard Roberts is Managing Director of Acquisitions for Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC assisting in the organization and management of developer relationships in the Northeast and the development of new business strategies for the firm. Richard has had an extensive career in affordable housing and urban market investments, having worked in these areas for over 18 years. Prior to joining Red Stone, he worked in the government, for profit and nonprofit sectors including serving as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, one of the largest allocators of Low Income Housing Tax Credits in the country. In this role he was responsible for the investment of more than $1 billion into New York City's neighborhoods and the creation of over 30,000 units of affordable housing. He is also the founding Managing Director of the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group where he devised and led a creative strategy responsible for the establishment of the firm's community development investment platform. Richard holds both a BA and JD from Yale University.
Brian Smalley is a Senior Vice President in charge of Amalgamated Bank’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Finance Division. Bringing 17 years of expertise in commercial real estate lending, Mr. Smalley is responsible for expanding and diversifying the Bank’s CRE loan portfolio which currently stands at $1.06B. Before joining Amalgamated in 2010, Mr. Smalley worked as a commercial real estate Vice President at M&T Bank in New York City. During his tenure at the bank, he managed a portfolio of loans over $650 million. Brian began his career at the NYC Housing Partnership promoting the development of affordable housing in New York City. Brian earned his bachelor’s degree at Hamilton College, and he received an M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School. He lives in Fairfield, CT with his wife and two sons.
Marti Speranza is Director of Women Entrepreneurs NYC, a program that aims to raise up 5,000 female entrepreneurs from underserved communities. Previously she served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs, the city agency tasked with ensuring a fair and vibrant marketplace through licensing over 80,000 businesses, enforcing consumer protection laws and empowering low-income New Yorkers. Marti is also an entrepreneur who for a decade managed the technology-focused retail business she founded. Prior to that, she ran the Asia-Pacific Market Development team for Lucent's Technologies' Software Products Group. Since arriving in New York City, Marti has been extremely involved in progressive groups and causes - getting elected as judicial delegate, serving as an officer and board member of political organizations, chairing fundraisers and volunteering on campaigns. Marti earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied Economics and Political Science and her M.B.A from Harvard Business School where she focused on Entrepreneurship.
Scott Zucker is Chief Administrative Officer of Tradeweb. In this role, Scott is responsible for managing Tradeweb's compliance, human resources, corporate services, market data and information management functions. Mr. Zucker joined Tradeweb in 2002 as served as General Counsel until 2009. Scott played an active role in establishing and building the global legal department for the Company. Prior to coming to Tradeweb, Scott worked in the Corporate Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher providing legal, regulatory and securities law support exclusively to FinTech companies. Previously, Mr. Zucker worked in the Corporate Department of Robinson, Silverman, Pearce, Aronsohn and Berman (now Bryan Cave) where he specialized in general corporate and securities matters. He received a B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, and currently serves on the Market Risk Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Mr. Zucker is an executive sponsor of the Tradeweb Cares corporate philanthropy program, serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity New York and has an active involvement with the Greater New Jersey Chapter of The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).
Habitat for Humanity New York City transforms lives by building quality homes with families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing.