Jessica Clemente majored in Environmental Science at SUNY Purchase. After graduating she served as Project Manager for the NYU School of Medicine’s “South Bronx Environmental Health and Policy Study.” The study, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and Congressman Jose E. Serrano in partnership with four local community organizations—the Point CDC, Nos Quedamos, the Sports Foundation, and Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice allowed her to work closely with researchers and community partners on the relationships between air quality and public health. This work led Jessica to pursue a Master of Urban Planning at the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
In 2011 Ms. Clemente was asked to become the CEO of Nos Quedamos. Under Ms. Clemente’s leadership, Nos Quedamos has grown, increasing in staff and program/service diversity. Some of these accomplishments include but not limited to:
• Financial stability for Nos Quedamos which now has an operating budget in excess of $1,000,000;
• Continued the work on sustainable affordable housing through the development of a new mixed-use residential building for seniors and families in Hunt’s Point;
• Developed a strong relationship with arts and cultural organizations in the South Bronx that has led Nos Quedamos to be the fiscal sponsor for a significant grant from the Dept. of Cultural Aairs and the formation of the Bronx Cultural Collective;
• Organizing the Melrose community gardens to form a coalition, known as the ‘Asociación de Huerto y Cultura,’ that is currently working towards 501(c)(3) status;
• Continued the work of Nos Quedamos with the Southern Bronx Watershed Alliance in its effort to decommission and re-envision the Sheridan Expressway;
• Increased the organization’s work in community and environmental advocacy through the following:
– voter engagement, the organizing of candidates forum as well as work with the Campaign Finance Board,
– board participation in the New York Environmental Justice Alliance,
– assisted in organizing the Bronx wide coalition “Build Without Displacement;”
– provided a leadership platform for the development of a major policy initiative on the development of Community Land Trusts.
Through all this work Ms. Clemente enjoys and is committed to a profound family life. With the strong support of her family, she and her husband are raising their two young children in the Bronx. As has been said, the creation of a better world that celebrates diversity and social justice begins at home.
Eulogia Díaz earned her Baccalaureate in Liberal Arts from State University of New York The College at New Paltz in the spring of 1994. She began her social work career in 2001 at South Bronx Action Group. Inc. as a consultant teaching ESL and U.S. History and Government for their Immigration Program, and just a few years later, she advanced to an Immigration Specialist. In 2011, South Bronx Action Group, Inc. and We Stay/Nos Quedamos, Inc, merged and she continued to expand immigration work.
In 2014, Eulogia successfully completed Association for Neighborhood Housing & Development’s Center for Neighborhood Leadership community organizing internship. As Community Development and Programs Coordinator, she worked to organize residents and community gardens while helping to expand our network of partnerships to help strengthen our organization’s work.
As the internal liaison between Social Service Department and Community Development & Programs Department, Eulogia has focused her priorities on improving the NQ Tools data base alongside the IT Specialist to ensure that the information gathered captures data and analysis of the community needs and program activation.
Eulogia was recently promoted to Community Development and Programs Director and continues to care, advocate and work engaging and organizing the community.
Petr Stand has over twenty-five years of design, production and project management experience covering a broad range of planning and design projects, including housing, educational facilities, medical facilities, and urban design. He works extensively in affordable housing, completing a variety of multi-family developments in the Bronx, including senior housing, townhouses, affordable rentals, and home ownership buildings. Currently, he is the Principal-In-Charge for a 41-unit supportive housing project in the Bronx that is on track for LEED-Silver certification. He is currently working with the City of Glen Cove, NY on a study assessing the real estate uses of the area and developing a marketing approach and strategy.
For over a decade, Mr. Stand worked alongside a local non-profit group in the South Bronx in rewriting the City’s Urban Renewal Plan to reflect local and environmental priorities and revitilizing the Melrose Commons neighborhood. Under the revised Urban Renewal Plan, he has led many project teams in designing and building over 2,000 new affordable units in the neighborhood. Recently completed in the neighborhood was an 84-unit affordable housing development that is on track for LEED-Gold certification, of which Mr. Stand was Principal-In-Charge.
Mr. Stand’s completed work ranges from renovation to new construction. He provided zoning analysis and building code studies, guided projects through the New York City ULURP process, managed sweat-equity rehabilitation contracts, was responsible for the production of high rise buildings and medical facilities, and designed and managed affordable housing projects.
Mr. Stand is especially adept in the design and project management of urban design and planning projects. His work includes site studies for Bausch and Lomb’s new world headquarters in Rochester, New York, and site analysis studies for the Westchester County Planning Department.
Mr. Stand is a member of the American Planning Association and sits on the Board of several community-based planning, development and open space groups.