About Us

We strive to make NYC work.

The 5BORO Institute is a cutting-edge, action-oriented think tank advancing creative solutions to strengthen New York City. We exist to solve New York City’s most challenging problems. We believe our city must remain vibrant, dynamic, and diverse — a home for New Yorkers to thrive in and a destination for dreamers, strivers, immigrants, and innovators.

We partner with policymakers, government agencies, and community leaders to tackle complex issues with innovative thinking on behalf of New Yorkers. To ensure our ideas lead to action, we make accessible research, develop clear roadmaps, and work with New Yorkers to build support.

The 5BORO Institute is headquartered at New York Law School and is a 501c3 non-profit organization within the Fund for the City of New York’s fiscal sponsorship network

Our Team

Grace Rauh

Executive Director

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Tasfia Nayem

Chief of Staff

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Our Board

Our distinguished board in formation represents NYC leaders across all industries.

We are honored to have the following individuals serving on our board.

Tom Allon (Co-Chair)

City & State

Richard Ravitch (Co-Founder and Former Co-Chair)

Former Lieutenant Governor

Erika Tannor (Vice Chair)

Tusk Strategies

Steve Anderson

APLnyc & InfrastructureUSA

Michael Braun


Dr. Erik Blutinger

Mount Sinai

Ariana Caplan Marra


Fred Cerullo

Grand Central Partnership

Eileen Cifone

National Grid

Lou Coletti

Building Trades Employers Association

Brian Ellner


Rafael Espinal

Freelancers Union

Sarah Feinberg

Feinberg Strategies and Former NYC Transit President

Hal Fetner

Fetner Properties

Henry Garrido


Audrey Gelman

Six Bells and The Wing

Dan Gerstein

Gotham Ghostwriters

Teresa Gonzalez

Bolton St. John’s

Martin Hassner

Liberal Party of NY

Jesse Horwitz

Founder Agora

Camille Joseph

Charter Communications

Maya Kurien


Neal Kwatra


Jason Laidley

Moonshot Strategies

David Lombino

Two Trees

Holly Lynch

Holly Lynch Consulting

Elsie McCabe Thompson

Mission Society of NY

Kerri Lyon


Charles O’Byrne

Related Companies

Angela Pinsky


Andrew Rasiej

Civic Hall

Julie Samuels

Founder Tech:NYC

Arthur Samuels

MESA Charter

Jessica Schumer


Karla Silverman

Center for Health Care Strategies

Basil Smikle

Hunter College

Martha Stark

NYU Wagner

Carter Strickland

Trust for Public Land

Nick Suplina

Everytown for Gun Safety

Milton Tingling

Former NYS Supreme Court Justice

Jessica Walker

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Daniel Zarrilli

Columbia University