Board of Directors
West Harlem Development Corporation’s 2018 Board of Directors
Honorable Milton A. Tingling
Judge Milton Tingling is the County Clerk of New York County. Previously he was a New York Supreme Court Justice. He has worked in New York County’s state courts since 2000. Before then, he was elected as Judge of Civil Court for the city’s 7th Municipal District and has also served as judge in the district’s criminal part. He has also worked as a law clerk and as a solo practitioner since 1983. His community service includes holding the position of Trustee for the Yvonne Schrouder Brown Foundation, Inc. and serving on the Board of Visitors for the Children’s Aid Society’s Milbank Center. He is also the Chair of Community League of the Heights. He is the founder and was lead counsel for the Martin Luther King Democratic Club Free Legal Clinic. Judge Tingling is a lifetime resident of West Harlem.
Theodore P. Kovaleff, PhD
Dr. Theodore Kovaleff, a former assistant dean of Columbia University’s School of Law with a Ph.D. in History, has extensive community service extending back to 1971, including six terms as chair of Community Board 9, President of the Council of the Silver Bay Association and Chair of the Manhattan Borough President’s Public Safety Committee. He has received several awards for his work in the community, including a proclamation from former Borough President Ruth Messinger, naming January 18 “Ted Kovaleff Day.” Dr. Kovaleff is an analyst with Horwitz & Associates and has worked as a financial analyst for several firms, including Sky Capital. Mr. Kovaleff has been long-time resident of West Harlem.
Jason A. Markham, Esq.
Jason Markham was Vice President of Content Ventures and Programming Acquisitions for DIRECTV Latin America. In the past, he worked as an attorney at law firms in New York City and Chile. In his pro bono activities, he has counseled community-based micro finance initiatives and small businesses, and volunteers as an arbitrator for the New York City small claims court system. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese. Mr. Markham, a graduate of Harvard Law School, resides in Harlem.
María Teresa Arce, Esq.
María Teresa Arce is a communications director and attorney with more than 10 years of progressive experience developing successful internal and external communications strategies in the non-profit and governmental sectors. She is currently the Special Assistant to the Commissioner for the New York State Department of Labor. She has also been the press secretary to former Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson and an Opinion Editor and Columnist for El Diario/LA PRENSA. She is a Harlem resident and has held the position of board chair for Teatro Circulo. Ms. Arce has also served on the board of Harlem Community Development Corporation. She is fluent in Spanish.
Geoffrey Eric Eaton
Representing NYS Assemblymember for the 70th District- Hon. Inez Dickens
Geoffrey E. Eaton was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Rangel, overseeing the day-to-day management of the New York Office. He has also represented the Congressman on a number of important boards, including the New York Empowerment Zone, The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and the Harlem Community Development Corporation. Mr. Eaton is the president of the New York City NAACP.
Anthony Q. Fletcher, Esq.
Anthony Fletcher is the Founder, President & Managing Attorney of Anthony Q. Fletcher, P.C. The firm’s activities include corporate finance, corporate transactions, and commercial transactions. He was a Professor of Law at New York Law School. He has taught at The City College of The City of New York where he was a Fellow at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies. He has authored several articles on voting rights. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School.
Representing the NYC Council Member for the 7th District – Hon. Mark Levine
Aya Keefe is a results-oriented manager with experience in the public sector, non-profits, and political campaigns. She is the Chief of Staff to New York City Council Member Mark Levine representing Council District 7 including Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights, Morningside Heights, Manhattan Valley & the Upper West Side. She is responsible for developing and implementing the office strategic priorities as well as overseeing daily operations at City Hall and two district offices.
Representing U.S. Congressman for the 13th District – Hon. Adriano Espaillat
Vince Morgan is a successful businessman and management professional with experience across several industry sectors. He is currently a consultant with AIRRAIL, a transportation infrastructure and construction firm based in New York. His previous career highlights include serving as Vice President/Community Development Manager for New York State with TD Bank. During this time Morgan also served as Chairman of the 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID). Vincent was educated at Howard University, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University.
Zead Ramadan has worked for more than 15 years in New York City community leadership in advocacy, professional, academic and not-for-profit settings. His community service includes sitting on the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone’s Board of Directors, on Manhattan Community Board 12 and as Chair for the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial, Education and Cultural Center Board of Directors. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of CAIR-NY, a civil rights advocacy organization for New York Muslims. He is the Corporation President and Co-proprietor of X Caffe and companies. He speaks Arabic and Spanish. Mr. Ramadan has businesses in West Harlem.
Gregory O. Watson
Gregory O. Watson is the Assistant Commissioner/NYC Regional Director in the New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s Office of Community Development. Mr. Watson has more than 25 years of experience of executive and managerial experience providing oversight in the day to day management of government agencies and community development corporations. Mr. Watson was the Chief Operating Officer of Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. and the Executive Director of the New York State Assembly’s Tenant Takeover Team. Mr. Watson has two master’s degrees in city and regional planning and social work.
Patricia Watler Johnson, MPA
Representing Community Board 9
Patricia Watler Johnson has been a longtime resident of the West Harlem Community for 28 years, and as a housing and communications professional, has worked in government service and held property management positions in the private sector. Currently she is the Director of Operations & Physical Plant and Division of Shelter Oversight and Compliance at the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Among her many accomplishments, she has a long leadership history of serving on boards such as Manhanttan’s Community School 6, the Harlem Community Development Corporation, NYS Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Memorial Observance Committee, Paul E. Paris Jr. Chapter of Blacks in Government, and the Public Employees Federation Region 10 Women’s Committee. Ms. Johnson holds a BA Degree in Real Estate from Pace University, MA degree in Policy Analysis from Walden University, and is also a graduate of the NYPD Citizens Police Academy.