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 Founders

The 5BORO Institute was founded in 2022 by two leaders of the NYC civic space, Tom Allon and Dick Ravitch.

Tom Allon is a media entrepreneur and the founder and publisher of the respected media company City & State. Richard Ravitch was a lawyer, businessman, and legendary figure in New York civic life who served as Lieutenant Governor of New York and chairman and CEO of the MTA.

Together, they established the 5BORO Institute to guide NYC through a period of immense transition and immense possibilities and secure our city’s future.

Our Board

Our board is comprised of business and community leaders from diverse sectors in NYC and government veterans who served at the highest levels of New York City and State. These leaders are deeply committed to our city’s future and understand how to effectively create change in NYC.

Tom Allon (Co-Chair)

City & State

The Late Richard Ravitch (Co-Founder and Co-Chair Emeritus)

Former Lieutenant Governor

Erika Tannor (Vice Chair)

Tusk Strategies

Steve Anderson

APLnyc & InfrastructureUSA

Michael Braun

Kasirer

Dr. Erik Blutinger

Mount Sinai

Ariana Caplan Marra

Microsoft

Fred Cerullo

Grand Central Partnership

Eileen Cifone

National Grid

Neill Coleman

Mission Magnified Consulting

Lou Coletti

Building Trades Employers Association

Brian Ellner

WPP

Rafael Espinal

Freelancers Union

Sarah Feinberg

Feinberg Strategies and Former NYC Transit President

Hal Fetner

Fetner Properties

Henry Garrido

DC37

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

REBNY

Neal Kwatra

MPS

Jason Laidley

Moonshot Strategies

David Lombino

Two Trees

Holly Lynch

Holly Lynch Consulting

Elsie McCabe Thompson

Mission Society of NY

Kerri Lyon

SKDK

Charles O’Byrne

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Angela Pinsky

Google

Andrew Rasiej

Civic Hall

Julie Samuels

Founder Tech:NYC

Arthur Samuels

MESA Charter

Jessica Schumer

Amazon

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