Staff

Angela Pinsky, Executive Director

As Executive Director, Angela is dedicated to promotion of New York City and civic dialogue through the expansion and evolution of ABNY's membership, as well as ABNY's signature power breakfasts.

Prior to joining ABNY, Angela served as Senior Vice President for Management Services and Government Affairs at the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) where she was responsible for REBNY’s commercial and residential Management Divisions and the lead on building code, sustainability and energy, and federal issues that impact New York City real estate. Ms. Pinsky is the former Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayors of Economic Development Robert C. Lieber and Daniel L. Doctoroff. In her former role, she worked on economic development initiatives including long-term planning and sustainability, urban development, and government technology.

Ms. Pinsky holds a B.A. in Public Health, Natural Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in Urban Planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

She currently lives with her husband, Seth, and children, Theo and Amelia, in Park Slope.

Email: Apinsky (@) abny (dot) org

Phone: 212-370-5801


 

Laura Colacurcio, Deputy Director

Laura Colacurcio is the Deputy Director of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY).  Laura is responsible for developing and executing ABNY's strategic direction, priorities, programming and agenda, overseeing ABNY's Young Professionals Network, and working with 300 member organizations on issue specific advocacy campaigns and policy proposals. Prior to ABNY, Laura worked as Director of Operations for fellow New York civic organization, Citizens Budget Commission (CBC), and was responsible for administration, oversight, board development and retention, and event planning for the organization.  She previously served as CBC’s Development Associate.  Before joining CBC, she worked as Senior Account Manager for the online auction firm Charity Folks.  Laura graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a minor in economics.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 212-370-5802


 

Melva M. Miller, Executive Vice President

Melva M. Miller is the Executive Vice President at the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) where she leads the organization’s Census 2020 initiative for an accurate count. She works with the Chairman and the Executive Director to ensure the census push is a success.

Most recently Melva has served as the Deputy Borough President of Queens, working with the Borough Presidents on moving Queens forward. Melva has been a passionate and dedicated community organizer since 1993. Her achievements include the creation of the Jamaica NOW Action Plan, a stakeholder-driven strategy to increase quality employment, economic diversity and financial security in downtown Jamaica, and she was also the lead organizer of the Western Queens Tech Strategic Plan, an initiative that produced a five-year blueprint for equitable growth of the Long Island City and Astoria tech ecosystem.
 
Melva has held several senior economic development roles throughout her career, including Director of Economic Development for her hometown borough and Executive Director for the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District. Melva holds a Bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work, and recently received a second Master’s Degree in Philosophy from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Social Welfare program at CUNY's Graduate Center. 

Email: Mmiller (@) abny (dot) org

Phone: 646.381.3960


 

Sarah Samuels, Communications and Programs Manager

Sarah Samuels is the Communications and Programs Manager at Association for a Better New York. She creates and executes programming for ABNY’s Young Professional Network, a group of civically engaged professionals. She also manages ABNY’s social media and outreach efforts. Sarah previously worked as an Account Manager at Voray, a startup focused on creating events and networking opportunities for the business community in New York City. Sarah received her B.A in American History from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Email: ssamuels (@) abny (dot) org

Phone: 212-370-5805


 

Madeline McCormack, Membership Manager

As the Membership Associate, for the Association for a Better New York, Madeline manages all of ABNY’s memberships. She closely monitors membership dues for the 300 members. She is responsible for processing new member applications and adding new members to the ABNY website. Prior to working at ABNY, Madeline interned in the Alumni Relations department of Fordham University where she worked on the Reunion Events team. Additionally, she interned for Cancer Support Community where she served as a Program Intern, assisting with the Transportation Assistance Grant program. Madeline graduated with a degree in Communications concentrating in New Media, and Media, Culture, and Society from Fordham University.

Email: MmcCormack (@) abny (dot) org

Phone: 212.370.5803