Rooftops Conference 2013
April 19, 2013

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The Rooftops Conference NYC 2013, held on April 19, 2013, was The Rooftops Project’s third annual symposium focused on the not-for-profit sector and the role of real estate — owned, leased or hosted physical space — in the operations, financial performance, and achievement of mission by not-for-profit organizations of all sizes and mission types. The annual Conference is a forum for meaningful discussion and also a chance to interact with peers in the social sector and real estate industry.

Panelists and presenters from the not-for-profit sector, government, the real estate industry, and the professions explored diverse themes of direct relevance to not-for-profits. This year, topics included lessons in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; the links between markets, mission, and property strategies; the role of project management in construction and renovations both large and small; achieving and preserving property tax exemptions; effective design, selection, and management of event spaces; sustainability from the perspective of owner and tenant; and federal and state not-for-profit legal compliance in the context of property decisions. We also extended our ongoing discussion of the social and economic impacts of not-for-profits as urban neighbors in the broader community.

You can review the agenda of topics and program materials for The Rooftops Conference NYC 2013 below.

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Program Agenda

8:30 a.m. –
9 a.m.
Registration and Continenal Breakfast
9 a.m. –
9:20 a.m.
Snapshots from the Rooftops: Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Conference Moderator:
James Hagy, Distinguished Adjunct Professor
Director of The Rooftops Project, New York Law School
9:20 a.m. –
10 a.m.
Professor Sandy: Lessons from the HurricaneDean Anthony Crowell, New York Law School
Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO, Brooklyn Public Library
Joseph C. Daniels, President and CEO, National September 11th Memorial and Museum
Alessandro G. Olivieri, General Counsel, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
10 a.m. –
10:30 a.m. 

Who’s Watching? The Role of Project Management
in Not-for-Profit Construction, Renovation, and Repair
Kenneth D. Levien, FAIA, President & Founder, Levien & Company
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m.
Markets, Missions, and Not-for-Profit Property Strategies
Michael J. Carlton, Carlton Architecture
Andrew L. Herz, Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Alice Korngold, President & CEO, Korngold Consulting
Jeremy Moss, Senior Vice President & Director of Leasing, Silverstein Properties, Inc.
Richard Warshauer, Senior Managing Director, Colliers Inernational
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Real Estate Tax Exemption for Not-for-Profit Organizations
Glenn Newman, President, New York City Tax Commission
Ellen Emory Hoffman, Commissioner, New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Program: Not-for-Profit as Urban Neighbor Maria Torres-Springer, Chief Operating Officer, Friends of the High Line
Carl Weisbrod, Partner, HR&A Advisors, Inc.
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. BREAK
1:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. The Groundswell Story
Amy Sananman, Founder and Executive Director, Groundswell
2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
In Any Event: Perspectives on Effective Event Spaces as Owner, Renter, Planner, Performer, and Guest
Mayra Castillo, Chief of Making Things Happen, A.a.B. Creates
Richard Cohn, Lighting Director and Set Electrician
Diane Budion Devitt, President, The DND Group, Inc.
Lindsay Miserandino, General Manager, Rosie’s Theater Kids
Kristin Porro, J.D. Candidate 2013, New York Law School
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Sustainability Practice and Economics
Brad A. Molotsky, Executive Vice President & General Counsel LEED – Green Associate, Brandywine Realty Trust
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
At the Intersection of State and Main: Not-for-Profit – Regulatory Compliance in Property Decisions
Themes Karalis, Associate, Duval & Stachenfeld LLP
James Robert Pigott, Jr., Corporate Vice President and General Counsel, Phipps House
Ronald F. Ries, CPA, Partner, WeiserMazars LLP
David G. Samuels, Partner, Duval & Stachenfeld LLP
3:45 p.m.
Our reception offers a chance to meet peers and to chat with our speakers, panelists, faculty, and students involved in The Rooftops Project.

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