CPLDC Appoints New Staff, Board Members

052306_cimg0261_lgThe new staff and board members of the CPLDC *

The Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation (CPLDC) last week announced the appointment of four new senior staff and three new board members, bringing a range of skills, expertise, and experience to the organization designed to help move it further toward its goals of addressing collectively identified projects to improve and promote theChinatown neighborhood.

“We are thrilled and excited by these talented additions,” said Wellington Chen, the CPLDC’s executive director, in a statement. “They bring with them a unique combination of experience in and knowledge of issues that span cultural, government, public, and private spectrums.”

The CPLDC, working closely with the community, is planning a number of new initiatives in the near future that will rejuvenate Chinatown and bring New Yorkers and tourists back to the neighborhood. These initiatives include Clean Streets, which is a program designed to help keep the streets around Chinatown clean and welcoming; an ongoing program of events and activities in Columbus Park including Movies in the Park; and a forum for cultural and evening activities. 

The new staff members will help spearhead these initiatives. Al Rahner will serve as director of operations of the Clean Streets program, David Eng will serve as director of marketing and development; Joseph Cunin will serve as director of programs and projects; and Lamgen Antonio Leon will assume the role of office manager.

Meanwhile, new members have been added to the organization’s board in order to extend its reach and efficacy. “We want our board to reflect the face of Chinatown and be effective in connecting with the rest of New York City,” Chen stated. New board members include June Jee, a senior consultant with Verizon Communications Community Affairs; Monica Blum, president of the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District; and David Gmach, director of Manhattan public affairs and financial planning for ConEdison.

“We continue to assemble a board and staff that are committed to the betterment of Chinatown, and we are all energized and ready to roll up our sleeves and make this work,” Chen concluded.

The CPLDC is made possible by a grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is funded through Community Development Block Grants from the U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development.

* Staff and board members from left to right: Monica Blum; David Gmach; Lamgen Antonio Leon; Joseph Cunin; Wellington Chan; David Eng; Al Rahner; June Jee

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