Event Features

Time & Date:
Thursday, May 4
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Event Features

The second stop to City & State’s 2017 borough series is Brooklyn! This year, we’re recognizing The Influentials: 25 prominent individuals who live or work in Brooklyn in five key sectors: banking/finance, law/lobbying, real estate, technology, and foundations/nonprofits. The list of Brooklyn Influentials will be profiled in the May 1st issue of City & State magazine. 

Join us for a cocktail reception to mix and mingle with people from the borough and people who helped shape the borough.


Featuring Keynote Speaker:

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams


The Influentials:

Real Estate:

  • Asher Abehsera, CEO and Founder, LIVWRK
  • Donald Capoccia, Founder, BFC Partners
  • Henry Gutman, Chairman, Brooklyn Navy Yard 
  • Jonathan Landau, CEO, Fortis Property Group
  • Anthony Lolli, Founder and CEO, Rapid Realty



  • Camille Rivera, Political and Legislative Director, RWDSU
  • Lester Crockett, Regional President, CSEA/AFSCME Local 1000, Region 11
  • Janella Hinds, Secretary-Treasurer, New York City Central Labor Council
  • Ernest Logan, President, Council of School Supervisors & Administrators
  • Earl Phillips, Secretary-Treasurer, TWU Local 100  



  • Frank Carone, Executive Partner, Abrams Fensterman
  • Martin Connor, Attorney
  • Doug Forand, Founding Partner, Red Horse Strategies
  • Bill Hyers, Partner, Hilltop Public Solutions
  • Sanford Rubenstein, Attorney, Rubenstein & Rynecki



  • Nicholas Allard, Dean, Brooklyn Law School
  • Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director, Alliance for Quality Education
  • Russell Hotzler, President, New York City College of Technology
  • Michael Nieves, President and CEO, HITN
  • Wayne Riley, President, SUNY Downstate Medical Center



  • Ana Maria Archila, Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy
  • Jennifer Jones Austin, Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
  • Joanne Oplustil, President and CEO, CAMBA
  • Anne Pasternak, Director, Brooklyn Museum
  • Deborah Schwartz, President, Brooklyn Historical Society

For more information on programming and speaking opportunities, please contact Lissa Blake at lblake@cityandstateny.com or call 646-517-2741. 

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