Monthly Forum Guest Speaker: Deeba Zivari

Given our neighborhood’s impending development in the Sunnyside Yards and Anable Basin, the HPCA is excited to welcome guest speaker Deeba Zivari to the next monthly meeting (May 14th @ 7 p.m. @ the New York Irish Center), real estate project manager with the nonprofit developer Riseboro Community Partnership. Deeba will share insights about Riseboro’s unique approach to making housing not only affordable, but impactful with integrated services, and answer questions about the financing, development and management of Riseboro’s affordable housing projects across New York City.

About Deeba

In 2015, Deeba was named a "changemaker" among esteemed New York alumni of Wellesley College. Inspired by the Iranian myth of Scheherazade and propelled by the idea that our built environment is manifested by story and that anyone who can tell a story can transform one, she pursued the study of trans-national communications. True to the belief, this pursuit would come to transform her own trajectory from a storyteller with a pen into a storyteller by brick and mortar. In 2013 Deeba advanced her Comparative Literature degree with a Master's degree in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University. Her handle of language and propensity for integrative systems led Deeba into transformation management endeavors especially within healthcare and fashion. She has accomplished versatile expertise in managing and scaling start-up and growth stage companies and public institutions. In 2015 she was invited to join healthcare influencers in establishing Brooklyn's first Population Health analytics observatory. Deeba was instrumental in translating data into targeted narratives and community-based action that would change the physical landscape of the borough. She is now developing her deep passion for community-based real estate planning, development and ownership. Deeba is presently a real estate project manager with non-profit, RiseBoro Community Partnership, and is integral to the financing, development, marketing and management of hundreds of affordable housing projects across New York City. 


The second portion of the meeting will be a general member meeting, in which officers and members share the accomplishments and statuses of projects the HPCA has undertaken this year, and plan for next year. We highly encourage members to attend so that we can work together on establishing next year’s priorities.

As a reminder, the HPCA relies on membership dues and community donations to bring programming to our neighborhood and continue to provide a forum for our community to gather to advocate for responsible development and advance the quality of life in Hunters Point. You can donate directly online or pay your annual dues here.