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About the Alliance

The river’s voice is made up of many organizations and people… come meet them!

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The Bronx River Alliance serves as a coordinated voice for the river. We work in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor. Our goal is to make a healthy ecological, recreational, educational, and economic resource for all communities through which the river flows.

The Alliance works in close partnership with the New York City Parks as well as dozens of community-based partners, regional nonprofits, businesses and all levels of government. 

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Our Commitments

What is our role?

The Alliance is a voice for the river. In order to grow and sustain the vital work of protecting, improving and restoring the Bronx River corridor, we:

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Advocate for equitable restoration of the Bronx River corridor

...in conjunction with NYC Parks—through restoration and development projects for and by the community.

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Protect and restore the Bronx River

...through close collaboration with community members as well as government agencies.

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Engage the community in the reclamation of the Bronx River

...ensuring that Bronx voices remain leaders in this effort.

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Coordinate construction of the Bronx River greenway

...a contiguous series of parks and trails extending from Soundview Park in the south to the Kensico Reservoir in the north.

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Leverage the river as an outdoor classroom

...bringing students and their teachers to the Bronx River to explore the natural side of their home borough.

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Advocate for equitable restoration of the Bronx River corridor

...in conjunction with NYC Parks—through restoration and development projects for and by the community.

2

Coordinate construction of the Bronx River greenway

...a contiguous series of parks and trails extending from Soundview Park in the south to the Kensico Reservoir in the north.

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Protect and restore the Bronx River

...through close collaboration with community members as well as government agencies.

4

Education-icon

Leverage the river as an outdoor classroom

...bringing students and their teachers to the Bronx River to explore the natural side of their home borough.

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Engage the community in the reclaming the Bronx River

...ensuring that Bronx voices remain leaders in this effort.

Our Programs

How we focus our impact

Alliance Staff & Team

Get to know who we are, as we work to protect, improve, and restore the Bronx River corridor for all communities

Abrieonah Ledbetter

Abrieonah Ledbetter

Foodway Community Service Aide
Amelia Zaino

Amelia Zaino

Education Coordinator
Chris Caraballo

Chris Caraballo

Special Events Coordinator/House Manager
Christian Murphy

Christian Murphy

Ecology Coordinator
Claudia Ibaven

Claudia Ibaven

Director of Special Projects
Daniel Ranells

Daniel Ranells

Greenway Coordinator
Daniel Tapia

Daniel Tapia

Finance and Office Manager
Dexter Thomas Payne

Dexter Thomas Payne

Conservation Crew Apprentice
Darrell Everett Patterson Jr.

Darrell Everett Patterson Jr.

Conservation Crew Apprentice
Ebony Edge

Ebony Edge

Bronx River House Receptionist
Elaine Feliciano

Elaine Feliciano

Conservation Crew Leader
Elizabeth Paredes

Elizabeth Paredes

Foodway Community Coordinator
Jasmine Robles

Jasmine Robles

NYC Parks Community Seasonal Aide
Jay Singleton

Jay Singleton

Foodway Gardener
Jennifer Seda

Jennifer Seda

Conservation Crew Apprentice
Madhur Milind Bhadsavle

Madhur Milind Bhadsavle

Development and Communications Intern
Maggie Scott Greenfield

Maggie Scott Greenfield

Executive Director/Bronx River Administrator
Michael Mendez

Michael Mendez

Conservation Manager
Miguel Olivera

Miguel Olivera

Conservation Crew Member
Nathan Hunter

Nathan Hunter

Foodway Coordinator
Pamela Hamilton-Brown

Pamela Hamilton-Brown

Administration Assistant
Penny Brown

Penny Brown

Conservation Crew Leader
Rodrick Bell

Rodrick Bell

Recreation Coordinator
Thomas Capozzi

Thomas Capozzi

Development and Communications Manager
Victoria Toro

Victoria Toro

Recreation Assistant

Board of Directors

The Board, representing all the communities through which the river flows,  guides our work. You can learn more about our board formation process here.

Board members, left to right:  Nilka Martell, David Shuffler, Jonathan Rook, Kellie Terry, Raji Kalra, Veronica Vanterpool, Ethan Strell, Joan Byron, Marit Laron and Executive Director, Maggie Greenfield

Voting Board Members

  • Nilka Martell, Chair / Loving the Bronx
  • Carolyn McLaughlin, Vice Chair / BronxWorks (retired)
  • Ethan Strell, Secretary / National Audubon Society
  • Jonathan Rook, Treasurer / Sandler O’ Neil
  • Raji Kalra / Ascend Charter Schools
  • Joan Byron / Neighborhoods First
  • Maarten de Kadt / Writer & retired teacher
  • Marit Larson / NYC Parks’ Natural Resources Group
  • David Shuffler / Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice
  • Rafael Barbosa / Port Morris Distillery
  • Nicole Perrino / Founder of Bronxmama.com
  • Javier Lopez / Chief Strategy Officer, Red Hook Initiative
  • Justin Mashia / Founder, Bronx Sole

Special Advisors

  • Sonia Manzano
  • Gail Nathan
  • Wendy Neu
  • Richard Reagan
  • Dart Westphal

Directors Emeritus

  • Alexie Torres-Fleming
  • Veronica Vanterpool
  • Kellie Terry
  • Dart Westphal

Honorary Board Members

  • Ruth Anderberg
  • Nancy Wallace

Ex Officio Board Members

  • Margaret Nelson, Acting Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President
  • Rafael Salamanca, NYC Councilmember, District 17
  • Eric Dinowitz, NYC Councilmember, District 11
  • Ruben Diaz, Sr., NYC Councilmember, District 18
  • Oswald Feliz, NYC Councilmember, District 15
  • Kevin Riley, NYC Councilmember, District 12

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