About Us

We strive to make NYC work.

The 5BORO Institute is an innovative, action-oriented think tank advancing creative solutions to strengthen NYC. We exist to help solve NYC’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 trailblazers, immigrants, and visionaries.

We partner with policymakers, the private sector, academia, and community leaders to bring best practices to government and tackle complex issues with innovative thinking and actionable plans. 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

Steve Anderson

APLnyc & InfrastructureUSA

Michael Braun


Dr. Erik Blutinger

Mount Sinai

Ariana Caplan Marra


Fred Cerullo

Grand Central Partnership

Eileen Cifone

National Grid

Neill Coleman

Mission Magnified Consulting

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