Resolution J1910-2013

Honoring Marilyn Gelber upon the occasion of her retirement as President of the Brooklyn Community Foundation after many years of distinguished service

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  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 21, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring Marilyn Gelber upon the occasion of her
retirement as President of the Brooklyn Community Foundation after  many
years of distinguished service, in June 2013

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense of this Legislative Body to acknowledge the
significant milestones in the distinguished careers  of  esteemed  resi-
dents of this noble Empire State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
Marilyn  Gelber  upon the occasion of her retirement as President of the
Brooklyn Community Foundation after many years of distinguished service;
she will be stepping down from her post at the end of June; and
  WHEREAS, The founder as well as the president of the Brooklyn Communi-
ty Foundation, Marilyn Gelber has rendered faithful,  conscientious  and
invaluable  service  on  behalf of the people of Brooklyn, New York, not
only in this capacity, but throughout her 15 year career in the  philan-
thropic  community  and 28 year career before that in the public sector,
earning the admiration, esteem and affection of her colleagues  and  all
who worked with her; and
  WHEREAS,  In  the  nearly four years of Marilyn Gelber's leadership of
the Brooklyn Community Foundation, she  has  created  a  potent  legacy,
effectively  implementing big ideas in ways that benefit every member of
the community; and
  WHEREAS, Marilyn Gelber began her career in philanthropy  in  1998  as
the  director  of  the  newly-formed  Independence Community Foundation,
after three decades in the public sector as a neighborhood  planner,  an
administrator at Brooklyn Borough Hall, and the commissioner of New York
City's Department of Environmental Protection; and
  WHEREAS,  Over  the next decade, the Independence Community Foundation
provided crucial support to nonprofit organizations operating in the New
York-New Jersey Metro area; it became one of the area's largest  private
community-focused  funders,  with  an  emphasis  on  supporting start-up
organizations in targeted neighborhoods as  well  as  investing  in  key
anchor institutions; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2009, Marilyn Gelber oversaw the foundation's transition
into the first and only community foundation in Brooklyn,  to  encourage
philanthropic  giving,  increase  local  grantmaking,  and  build  civic
engagement; in less than four years, the Brooklyn  Community  Foundation
granted  significant  funds  to continue investing in the most effective
and innovative nonprofits serving Brooklyn; and
  WHEREAS, Marilyn Gelber's notable achievements during her tenure  with
the  Brooklyn  Community  Foundation  include:  co-creating the Brooklyn
Recovery Fund after Superstorm Sandy as a high-impact channel for  local
disaster  relief;  support for Brooklyn Greens, which does environmental
work in three inner-city neighborhoods; the Central Brooklyn STEM Initi-
ative, in which  graduate  engineering  students  from  NYU-Poly  mentor
teachers  and  students  in Central Brooklyn to help bring robotics into
the classroom; and the School District 16 initiatives,  which  seeks  to
improve student performance across the district; and
  WHEREAS,  From  educational attainment to care for the most vulnerable
residents, environmental sustainability to  workforce  development,  the
impact  of  Marilyn  Gelber's  service  to  Brooklyn, New York, has been
immeasurable; and
  WHEREAS, Due to Marilyn Gelber's dedicated service and  guidance,  the
Brooklyn Community Foundation is poised to be a model public institution
for  advancing  local  philanthropy  giving,  and  investing in bold new
projects; and

  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  when  individ-
uals  of  such  noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all  the  citizens  of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Marilyn Gelber upon the occasion of her retirement as President of
the Brooklyn Community Foundation  after  many  years  of  distinguished
service; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Marilyn Gelber.

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