Community Development Corporation of Long Island

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Executive Management Group

Marianne Garvin
President and CEO

Ms. Garvin joined CDCLI in 1992, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2001.  As the leader of the organization, Ms. Garvin is responsible for implementing the vision and strategic direction of the corporation. With more than 30 years experience in the housing and community development industry, her expertise is often called upon by national organizations and media for advice and commentary.  Ms. Garvin was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council in 2011; serves on the board of the New York Housing Conference; and on the board of Community Housing Capital, a national CDFI that provides interim and permanent capital for multifamily development across the country. In her commitment to accelerate effective change on Long Island, Ms. Garvin is fully engaged in a number of initiatives, both professionally and through her extensive civic and community involvement, that tackle Long Island’s many challenges. Among them, advancing Long Island’s need for energy efficiency and green jobs, developing affordable housing and responding to the needs of families impacted by superstorm Sandy. Ms. Garvin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Stony Brook University and her Master of Arts degree in Social Service Administration, Planning and Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

L. Von Kuhen, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President

Dr. Kuhen joined CDCLI in 1992, and has more than 30 years experience in housing and community development with both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. In his role as Senior Vice President for Real Estate Development and Housing Rehabilitation, he has developed and administered a variety of innovative community development and housing programs and is also responsible for the management of the organization’s rental housing units. Dr. Kuhen currently serves as chair of the Steering Committee of the NeighborWorks Alliance of New York State.  Dr. Kuhen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stony Brook University.

Alan C. Heitner, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Heitner joined CDCLI in 2014 with 20 years of experience in leading, advising and auditing the financial operations of diverse organizations.  After 7 years of public accounting experience at a Big 4 firm, he has devoted most of his career to leading mission-based not-for-profit organizations that serve Long Island communities.  Mr. Heitner holds a BA in Economics from SUNY Albany and an MBA from Hofstra University.


Paul Fink
Vice President

Mr. Fink joined CDCLI in 2014, and is responsible for marketing and development.  With over 35 years’ experience in the housing and community development industry, he has coordinated the development of more than 600 units of affordable housing and 90 units of special needs housing.  Mr. Fink worked with investment bankers in the issuance of $55 million in tax exempt bonds for public and non-profit projects involving housing production and educational institutions.  He previously served as president of Islip’s Housing Development Fund Company, president of the Long Island Community Development Organization, vice president of the New York State Association of Renewal and Housing Officials, and was a board member of the National Community Development Association.  Mr. Fink has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Michigan.