M/WBE Building Opportunity Initiative

Group photo of the 2016 MWBE Academy Graduates

Building Capacity Workshop Series

The Building Capacity Workshop series is designed to provide many educational and networking opportunities for Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) and nonprofit organizations. By strengthening and expanding the field of affordable housing developers, HPD hopes to find many new partners with whom we can work to achieve the ambitious goals of the Housing New York plan, while strengthening our local businesses and neighborhoods in the process.

Since 2014, over 60 M/WBE firms and nonprofit organizations have gained valuable insights into and connections with the affordable housing industry. Workshops are taught by pairs of HPD staff and a range of affordable housing professionals who generously donate their time.

Topics inlclude:

  • Intro to Affordable Housing
  • Predevelopment Financing
  • Gap Financing
  • Underwriting
  • Tax Incentives
  • Responding to HPD RFPs/Qs
  • Construction Management
  • Asset and Property Management
  • Mixed-Use Development
  • Neighborhood Planning
  • Preservation
  • Special Needs Housing/Housing for People with Disabilities
  • Sustainability

Thanks to our partners from the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), Holland & Knight, NYSAFAH, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Paul Weiss, Redstone Equity Partners, Artimus, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and Enterprise Community Partners. Additional presenters from Arker Companies, Citi Community Capital, CPC, HDC, Hudson Housing, KOW Consultants, Monadnock Construction, National Equity Fund, RHR Funding, Silverstone, SKA Marin, SHNNY, and Wavecrest generously shared their time and expertise.

For questions about the course of upcoming workshops, contact mwbecourse@hpd.nyc.gov.

Building Capacity Course Graduates

View the full list of participants or find select graduate bios below.

Brian Benjamin
Raymond Bonhomme
R. Christopher Bramwell
Joan Brothers
Thomas Campbell
Felicia Colon
Angel Cuevas
Sandra Erickson
Ramon Escobar
Donald Eversley
Peter Fontanes
Corey Galloway
Nicholas Garland
Bernell Hall
Robert Horsford
Alyah Horsford-Sidberry
Karim Hutson
Osagie Ighodaro
Andrea Kretchmer
Nancy Lepre
Nicole Lloyd-Abdou
Nicole Lockett
Alexis McSween
Kenneth Morrison
Danielle Noak
Mark O'Luck
Nancooar Rajcooar
Miriam Rodriguez
Beatrice Sibblies
Josue Velazquez
Norberto Velazquez
Dawanna Williams
Alan Yu