Our Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board’s role is to counsel Hot Bread Kitchen management on HBK Incubates projects, regulations, and service-delivery. The Community Advisory Board works with community members, elected officials, agencies and businesses to ensure that residents of East and Central Harlem receive the maximum benefit from the programs of HBK Incubates. We are honored to have the following individuals and organizations on the Community Advisory Board:

  • Michelle Bhattacharyya, NYC Business Solutions, Director
  • Alissa Weiss, City Council Policy Division, Senior Policy Analyst,
  • Althea Burton, Project Enterprise, Center Manager
  • Cordell Cleare, State Senator Bill Perkin’s Office, Chief of Staff
  • Shira Gans, Manhattan Borough President’s Office, Food Policy and Economic Development Analyst
  • Jose Garza, East Harlem Business Capital Corporation, Executive Director
  • Cecilia Gaston, The Violence Intervention Program, Executive Director
  • Polly Lagana, Young Women’s Leadership School, Director of Programs and Partnerships
  • Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Council, Councilmember
  • Graciano Matos, Jefferson Housing Jobs-Plus, Employment Coordinator
  • Rita Prats Rodriguez, East Harlem Bilingual Head Start, Director
  • Celia Ramirez, East River North Renewal, Executive Director
  • Melinda Velez, City Council, Chief of Staff for Mark-Viverito’s Office
  • Maritza Wellington-Owens, Harvest Home Farmer’s Market, CEO

Community Advisory Board positions are for one calendar year and renewable annually. If you are interested in becoming a member of our Community Advisory Board please fill out our application.