Community Stakeholder Group for GRASP Fugitive Chemicals Project

Sunset Park, Brooklyn, warehouses

Photo by Doug Letterman / CC BY 2.0

The Community Stakeholder Group (CSG) is critical for providing community insights, promoting understanding of community concerns, identifying barriers to study implementation, enhancing the credibility of research methods and results, and successfully translating and communicating study products and findings.


Miquela Craytor is the Director of the Industrial Initiatives for the Center for Economic Transformation Team at the NYC Economic Development Corporation overseeing the city’s new policy efforts concerning New York’s industrial sector. She has more than 8 years of urban planning experience. She is a nationally recognized advocate for using sustainable development to address reinvestment in under-served communities. Craytor is a 2010 Catto Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Alyse Erman is the Director for Strategic Partnership and Community Development at Lutheran Family Health Centers Department of Community Programs. In this capacity she coordinates cross-department and cross-organization relationships and several community benefit projects, including the operations of the Sunset Park Promise Neighborhood, a neighborhood-wide coalition that seeks to increase access to educational resources to improve overall outcomes for youth and families in Sunset Park.

Maria Escalera has lived in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, for over 39 years. She has been a community activist for over three decades fighting for equality and justice. She has worked at Lutheran Family Health Centers for the last 34 years as an executive assistant and Advocacy Coordinator. Escalera was the recipient of the NACHC 2013 Betsey K. Cooke Advocacy MVP Award for her hard work and dedication to building health center advocacy power and furthering the health center policy agenda in Congress last year.

Kara Fillion is a Marketing Associate and Chair of the Sustainability Committee at UncommonGoods, a Brooklyn-based online retailer. She graduated magna cum laude from Fairfield University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She is currently studying at Baruch College, where she is working towards an MBA in sustainable business and entrepreneurship.

Rose Martinez, a Sunset Park resident born and raised in Brooklyn, is a senior undergrad at NYU in urban studies. She is applying to graduate school for urban planning and hopes to serve the community as an urban planner. At UPROSE, Rose has translated documents into Spanish, created the curriculum for UPROSE's after-school program at the local elementary Public School 170, and most recently has worked on creating a DIY: Rain Barrel video.

Violeta Maya emigrated from Puerto Rico to New York in 1941 and has resided in Sunset Park since 1949. Her career as a community activist began in 1967 and she has been a committed advocate for the struggling, uninsured, and working-class people of southwest Brooklyn, ever since. Maya is recognized as being a major influence in the establishment and designation of a Section 330 community health center at Lutheran Medical Center in 1968.

Tom Outerbridge is the General Manager of the Municipal Recycling Division of Sims Metal Management. Sims Municipal Recycling is the processor and marketer for the New York City curbside recycling program, the largest curbside program in the country. Sims Municipal Recycling also recently won a contract with the City of Chicago to service a portion of that city's recycling program. Outerbridge has more than 20 years of experience in the recycling and composting fields.

Cristal Rivera is the Director of Community Engagement for Industry City with Jamestown Properties, where she oversees community relations and government relations for the complex focused on developing workforce, educational, and programmatic linkages to the industrial site. Prior to Industry City, Rivera was the Director of Workforce Development for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation where she oversaw operations and managed the Employment Center, a widely hailed model program for successful workforce programming. The Navy Yard was incredibly successful at placing local residents into middle class good paying jobs. Rivera has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors focusing on the intersection of workforce and economic development and is dedicated to innovative economic opportunities for all New Yorkers. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and English from Rutgers University, and an MPA and MBA from CUNY Baruch School of Public Affairs and Zicklin School of Business. She is also a proud graduate of Coro Leadership NY and the Columbia Leadership Development Program.

Dan Wiley is a Community Coordinator for Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez in southwest Brooklyn. He has also worked as a part-time Adjunct Assistant Professor with the late Mojdeh Baratloo at The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University. Working in the Congressional office since 2000, he has coordinated projects and initiatives spanning waterfront communities from the Brooklyn Navy Yard and downtown Brooklyn southwest through Red Hook, Gowanus, and Sunset Park.