Executive Management Group
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.
Executive Vice President
Ms. Hammons joined CDCLI in 2005. She is responsible for the daily operations of the organization’s programs and facilities, including: Rental Assistance; Weatherization; Green Initiatives; Property Management; Housing Rehabilitation; Homeownership; Small Business and the Marketing and Development function. Most recently she was instrumental in developing and implementing the Sandy Housing Recovery Program department – which she also oversees. Ms. Hammons has over 15 years experience in the not-for-profit sector. She is a member of the Class of 2011, Energeia Partnership – Long Island’s regional stewardship academy, and a member of the Class of 2010 Bank of America Neighborhood Builder® Emerging Leaders program. Ms. Hammons received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University and her Masters Degree in Public Administration from New York University.
Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Schwartz joined CDCLI in 2003, and is responsible for the financial, IT and human resources functions for the organization. With a career spanning more than 30 years in the financial services industry, Mr. Schwartz also serves as the Treasurer of the corporation. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Energeia Partnership – Long Island’s regional stewardship academy. John holds a B.B.A in Accounting from Manhattan College.
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.
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.