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Celebrating 35 Years in New York City

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 | 6 PM – 10 PM | Guastavino's, 409 E 59th Street

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Every day for the past 35 years, Habitat NYC has worked to build a city – and a world – where everyone has a decent place to live. The Habitat House Party will celebrate our past achievements, notably serving more than 1,200 hard-working families, and look to the future, as we seek to serve 2,021 families by the year 2021. The signature event, held October 29th at Guastavino’s in Manhattan, will inspire you to join us as we build a more equitable future.

To learn about our sponsorship levels, please contact Julia Diegel, Director of Development at (646) 808-0129 or by email at jdiegel@habitatnyc.org.

2019 Honorees

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Sonny Kalsi

Founder, GreenOak Real Estate

Sonny Kalsi

Founder, GreenOak Real Estate

Sonny Kalsi is a Founder of GreenOak Real Estate, a partner-owned, real estate investment management and advisory firm focused on creating value for clients. Sonny has over 26 years of experience in the real estate industry and founded GreenOak in 2010 alongside his partners, John Carrafiell and Fred Schmidt. Together, they set out to build a highly focused investment platform pursuing independent, discrete strategies in the United States, Europe and Asia with key focus in New York, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Milan and Tokyo. Under the leadership of Sonny and his co-founders, GreenOak has raised over $8 billion of investment capital and currently manages over $11 billion of gross real estate assets.

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Matthew Galligan

President of Real Estate Finance, CIT Group

Matthew Galligan

President of Real Estate Finance, CIT Group

Matthew (Matt) Galligan is President of Real Estate Finance for CIT Group. His team provides stabilized, value-add and construction loans between $25 million and $50 million to highly experienced and well-capitalized developers in the office, retail, industrial and multi-family rental sectors with a $7.4 billion portfolio concentrated in the Boston-Washington corridor  and southern California. Every year since 2013, Galligan has been named by the Commercial Observer to its “Power 50” list of the most important figures in real estate finance.

He previously served as Managing Director and Head of U.S. Property Finance for Bank of Ireland. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President for Real Estate Capital Markets at DebtX. He has also worked for Fleet Boston Financial, Bank of Boston and Chase Manhattan in executive level positions in credit, real estate lending, debt distribution and capital markets. Galligan is a member of the Board of Directors for the Mortgage Bankers Association.

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Alicka Ampry-Samuel

NYC Council Member

Alicka Ampry-Samuel

NYC Council Member

Behind her signature glasses and smile rests Alicka Ampry-Samuel’s grit and empathy, both forged from her upbringing in Brownsville. She received a Psychology degree from North Carolina A&T State University and went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from CUNY School of Law. Alicka worked in various capacities with City and State legislators and spent years sharpening her servant leadership and perspective concerning marginalized individuals and their plights; locally and internationally. She worked as a community organizer in Brooklyn, and as a Child Protective Specialist with the NYC Administration for Children Services, prior to bringing her influences to Accra, Ghana – managing a Human Rights and Community Development portfolio under the auspices of US Embassy Accra. Upon returning to the US, she served as Chief of Staff to her State Assemblywoman and later served as a Senior Advisor for the New York City Housing Authority – Community Engagement & Partnerships Division. She now serves the people of the 41st City Council District as their Council Member.

Thank you to our 2018 Habitat House Party sponsors