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

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

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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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