Marianne Garvin, President and CEO of CDCLI, Announces Retirement

Centereach, NY (April 27, 2016) – The Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) announced today that President and CEO Marianne Garvin will retire in the first quarter of 2017. Garvin plans to remain at CDCLI until a new chief executive assumes the post.

Under Garvin’s leadership, CDCLI has increased the supply of affordable rental housing to key communities across Long Island by more than 1,000 units. New multifamily developments include: Twin Oaks in Hempstead (94 apartments); Cathedral Place in New Cassel (34 apartments); and Wincoram Commons in Coram (176 apartments); with plans underway for new complexes in Copiague (90 apartments) and Riverhead (45 apartments). Garvin led the corporation’s response to the foreclosure crisis (providing counseling to 5,000 homeowners), and arranged services for hundreds of families whose homes were devastated by Superstorm Sandy. She partnered with many municipalities in the formation of the Long Island Green Homes initiative, and also established the two CDCLI Homeownership Centers in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Garvin has worked for CDCLI for nearly 25 years, serving as CEO since 2009. “Marianne has been an inspirational leader for the organization beginning at the height of the financial crisis when a steady hand was critical. She secured significant resources from multiple stakeholders, resulting in CDCLI assisting tens of thousands of people living in communities across Long Island to have a better quality of life,” said James Coughlan, Board Chair of CDCLI.

Kevin Law, CEO of the Long Island Association and Co-Chair of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC) praised Garvin: “Marianne has been an invaluable partner serving on the LIREDC, advocating for an increase in affordable housing as a strategy to retain young people and to build an innovation economy on the Island.”

“Marianne has served on a number of very important national boards, including her current role as President of the National NeighborWorks Association, a trade organization of the 245 NeighborWorks organizations located in all 50 states,” Deborah Boatright, Regional Vice President of NeighborWorks America noted. “Her leadership at the national level is widely acknowledged and appreciated.”

Garvin plans to continue to reside on Long Island and further her efforts to advocate for affordable housing in the area. She also plans to spend more time in Philadelphia to be with her young grandson. “My belief that everyone deserves a safe, decent and affordable home has guided my career these past 38 years. Retirement from CDCLI will give me more time with my family, while remaining deeply committed to the cause of housing for all,” explained Garvin.

The CDCLI Board of Directors has appointed a transition and search committee of the Board to lead the process. The Board has also hired Raffa, a national executive search and transition firm, to work with them to conduct a national search for a successor. CDCLI plans to formally launch the search in the summer of 2016, and is confident that a new leader will be identified to carry on the great work done by Garvin and the organization.

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