Mark L. Castle

SoBro Board Chair,

Vice President, CRA-Community Development Officer, Risk, CRA Administration

BNY Mellon

Jean Smith

SoBro Board Vice Chair,

Vice President Community Development 

JP Morgan Chase (Retired)

Arline Parks

SoBro Board Vice Chair

Vice Chair & CEO

Diego Beekman Mutual Housing Association HDFC

Karen McGuinness

SoBro Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair,

Senior Business Relationship Manager, Nonprofit & Education Banking 

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Anthony M. Riccio Jr.

SoBro Board Secretary,

Former Chair

Galesi Group/Harlem River Yards President

Plinio Ayala

President and CEO

Per Scholas 

Phillip Banks III

Founder

City Safe Partners LLC 

Simon Bergson

Founder, President and CEO

Manhattan Beer Distributors 

Tiffani Blake

Assistant Provost for Student Engagement & Development 

New York Institute of Technology

William Bollinger

Principal Development Specialist

JCAL Development Group LLC 

Laurel Brown

Economic and Community Development, Global Data Centers

Google

Hugh Grant

Vice President, Substation Operations

Con Edison 

Jennifer Rivera

Vice President of Corporate and Legislative Engagement

Kasirer LLC 

Patricia “Nia” Rock

Senior Vice President and Community 

Development Officer

Customers Bank 

Prisca Salazar-Rodriguez

Director, New York Office

Hilltop Public Solutions 

Mark Willis

President and CEO

ParQuest Consulting 

Who We Are

The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation’s (SoBro) mission is to enhance the quality of life in the South Bronx by strengthening businesses and creating innovative economic, housing, educational and career development programs for youth and adults.  SoBRO’s programs include spurring economic development, building affordable housing, adult education, workforce development, helping at-risk youth to succeed, and producing other positive outcomes for South Bronx residents and employers.

 

Meet the Team

Board of Directors