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Michelle de la Uz - Moderator

Michelle de la Uz became Executive Director of Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. (FAC) in January  2004, after serving as Co-Chair on FAC’s Board of Directors. She has over twenty-five years of  experience in public and community service. Michelle oversees the organization’s mission and  comprehensive programs serving more than 5,500 low- and moderate-income people; a budget  of nearly $8 million and several non-housing affiliate corporations with annual budgets of over $6 million, real estate assets over $120 million, and a housing development pipeline of over 1,900 units, representing more than $850 million in total development costs. Under her leadership, FAC  became a chartered member organization of NeighborWorks America, a national network of over  240 affordable housing and community development corporations. 

Prior to FAC, Michelle was Program Director for the Center for Urban Community Services in  Washington Heights and Harlem and oversaw social services in supportive housing for 400 low income tenants with special needs. From 1995-99, Michelle was Congresswoman Nydia  Velázquez’ first Director of Constituent Services and directed her South Brooklyn District Office.  She was active in advancing transportation, environmental justice, immigration reform, and  employment policy initiatives. Michelle is the first in her working-class immigrant family to  graduate from college, is a product of bi-lingual education, a former trustee of Connecticut  College, and recipient of the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award.  

Michelle serves on the National Board of Directors of the Local Initiative Support Corporation  (LISC), the New York Housing Conference, and the Association for Neighborhood and Housing  Development, among many others. Additionally, Michelle was appointed to serve as a City  Planning Commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission from 2012-2021. Michelle  is an alumna of Connecticut College, Columbia University and of Harvard Kennedy School’s  Executive Education Program. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, September 23

9:45am EDT