Board of Directors

Larry Rubenstein

Larry Rubenstein

Board Chair

Larry Rubenstein is the owner of Rubenstein Advisory LLC, which provides strategic consulting and independent director services primarily in the areas of residential mortgage finance, asset securitization, and other types of financings.  He also has over 40 years of experience with major financial institutions both as a structured finance attorney and as a senior investment banker. 

Prior to forming Rubenstein Advisory in 2017, Larry was Capital Markets Managing Counsel for Wells Fargo & Company in New York specializing in asset securitization and structured finance transactions.   Before moving to Wells Fargo in 1995, Larry was General Counsel of Prudential's residential mortgage securitization companies and the manager of a capital markets legal group.  Previously, Larry was a Managing Director in Merrill Lynch's investment banking group representing financial institutions and also a senior investment banker with the structured finance group of Goldman Sachs.  Earlier in his career, he was the chief securities attorney and Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ("Freddie Mac") in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Rubenstein has held many leadership positions with trade associations within the structured finance industry.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the SFIG Foundation, which provides scholarships and career opportunities to underserved youth who have successfully participated in customized mentoring programs.

Larry is the grandson of Russian immigrants who fled persecution and came to New York.  He received a B.S. degree in Community Development from Penn State University and a J.D. degree from American University Law School.

Colleen Galvin

Colleen Galvin

Secretary

Colleen Galvin is a Senior Vice President on Citi Community Development's New York Tri State team, where she is responsible for engineering a comprehensive small business/economic development strategy with a primary focus on access to capital for the region. She joined Citi from the New York City Department of Small Business Services, where she served as the Assistant Commissioner of Capital Access and Business Services. 

Colleen spent the last ten years in leadership positions with the NYC Department of Small Business Services, an agency that launched several key economic development initiatives of Mayor Bloomberg's administration. Over the years, she expanded the agency's public-private partnerships - with financial service firms, corporations and universities - creating several successful programs to help local small businesses secure capital, management training and new business opportunities. Some of her work focused on the growth of local minority and women-owned businesses, immigrant-owned businesses, and entrepreneurs in the media and entertainment sector. Colleen led the agency's response to Hurricane Sandy, launching an emergency loan/grant program one week after the storm that distributed $20 million to impacted small businesses.

Earlier in her career, Colleen worked for the public policy research firm, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (M.D.R.C.), Citibank's U.S. credit card division, J.P. Morgan Chase's retail product development team, and two telecommunications startups. Colleen earned an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from New York University's Stern School of Business and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Seton Hall University. She is also a graduate of the Coro Foundation's Leadership New York program.

Stan Kosyakovskiy

Stan Kosyakovskiy

Treasurer

Stan Kosyakovskiy, CPA, serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Art Partner, the leading artist management and creative content agency with offices in New York, London, and Paris.

Combining 10 years of experience in a variety of industries including banking, advertising, servicing and manufacturing, Kosyakovskiy has outstanding and in-depth knowledge in accounting, SOX, shared services, strategy development, financial analysis, management, and operations including finance, IT, tax, legal and human resources.

Kosyakovskiy, a refugee from the former USSR, immigrated to the United States in 1997.  He attended Pace University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Kosyakovskiy is proud to be a member of the Board of Directors for BCNA.  As an immigrant and former small business owner, he understands the challenges the BCNA's clients encounter while running their own small businesses.

Peter Brest

Peter Brest

Board Member

Peter Brest has worked for over 35 years in the fields of housing and human services. He is currently a consultant in these areas.

Mr. Brest's most recent position was with the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, where he worked  for 18 years, serving first as Director of Housing and then as Chief Operating Officer,  managing the agency's service housing and programs and developing new and innovative programs to serve low-income families and individuals.

He previously served as Associate Commissioner for Housing and Adult Services in the New York State Department of Social Services, where he was responsible for the development of housing for the homeless and oversight of the state's homeless shelters and adult residential care facilities.

Mr. Brest has Master's Degrees in Social Work from Columbia University and Public Administration from NYU.

Kwame Marfo

Kwame Marfo

Board Member

Kwame is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at the Africa Empowerment Fund, having previously worked in strategy and business model analysis at the Bank of England. He has a decade and half of experience in business, government, civil society, and media sectors across four continents. He is the founder of West Africa-focused investment platform, Diaspora Capital LLP, where he chairs the Investment Committee.

Kwame is an International Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary, When Elephants Fight. He writes a regular column and has written for Business and Financial Times, Citi Business News, Africa at LSE, Modern Ghana, ZNews Africa, Applause Africa, the Africapitalism Institute and MyJoyOnline.

Kwame is on the boards of the Microfinance Club of New York and Nuku Inc., an Accra-based health and nutritional company working to create malaria-free zones in Sub-Saharan Africa.

He has a BS (Honors) from Binghamton University, an MBA from the Ross School of Business (Michigan) and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Carolina Simon

Carolina Simon

Board Member

Carolina Simon was a founding member and Director of Real Estate for VR Investments. Responsible for overseeing capital allocation for global Real Estate investments, she sourced, valued, executed, and managed direct and indirect investments that ranged from core and core plus to opportunistic and high-conviction strategies.

Prior to VR, she managed the development of - and oversaw both US and global teams for - highly specialized and complex projects for HOK, a New York-based global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm that is a leader in sustainable and high-performance buildings.

A native of Brazil, and world traveler, she has a B.Arch and M.Arch from the Savannah College of Art and Design, an MBA from Columbia University, and an MCP, Master in City Planning, from MIT.

She is an avid cyclist.

Michelle Danso

Michelle Danso

Board Member

Michelle Danso is the Co-Head of the Prime Brokerage & Trading legal team at Man Group Plc. This team is responsible for negotiating and implementing all legal trading agreements for asset management fund structures managed by Man Group entities. Michelle joined Man in 2009 and was based in the London office until 2015 when she relocated to New York. Prior to Man Group, Michelle worked in the Global Securities Services legal team at Goldman Sachs International, where she worked on a number of prime brokerage legal projects for hedge fund clients. Michelle is a New York qualified attorney with an LLB Law degree from Kings College London and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Pennsylvania.

 Michelle volunteers with the legal  team at Hillsong Church NYC and is also involved in the management of the Sandema Educational Resource Centre, an educational charity based in the Upper East Region of Ghana.