Our Board of Directors

Headshot of Board Chairman Michael J. Franco Michael Franco was appointed Chair of Breaking Ground in June 2015 and has served on the agency’s Board of Directors since 2012. In his first three years on our leadership committee, Michael helped foster an active supportive housing agenda to create more than 800 new units of permanent supportive housing for the most vulnerable New Yorkers. He comes to this role with exceptional qualifications and capabilities. Michael is Executive Vice President - Chief Investment Officer of Vornado Realty Trust, overseeing acquisitions, dispositions, and capital markets activity. He joined Vornado in 2010 from Morgan Stanley, where he was a Managing Director and served as Head of the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds in the U.S., its flagship real estate investment opportunity fund. Mr. Franco is also a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute.

Board Officers

Michael J. Franco, Chair

Executive Vice President - Chief Investment Officer, Vornado Realty Trust

Brenda Rosen, President

President and CEO, Breaking Ground

Benjamin Stacks, Treasurer

Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate, Capital One

Robert V. Sideli, M.D., Secretary

Chief Information Officer & Associate Professor, Columbia University Medical Center

Board Members

Ricardo A. Anzaldua

Special Legal Advisor to the CEO, MetLife, Inc.

Tony Hannigan

Chief Executive Officer, Center for Urban Community Services

David Neil

Chief Leasing Administrative and Legal Services Officer, The Durst Organization

David L. Picket

President, Gotham Organization, Inc.

Richard Roberts

Managing Director, Acquisition, Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC

Michael L. Ryan

Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Ian Shrank

Legal Advisor, Author

Philip E. Silverman

President and CEO, BLUE SKY Real Estate Services & Development

Nicholas Tsang

Owner/Principal, Highline West, LLC

David Walsh

Senior Vice President, Community Development Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co.