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Morgan Monaco

Executive Director

Morgan Monaco

Executive Director

Morgan Monaco has over 13 years of government experience at the intersection of environmental sustainability and social justice. Prior to joining the Red Hook Initiative as the Executive Director, she served as the Deputy Director at the Mayor’s Office of Operations, the City’s performance measurement and management office. At Operations, she helped to ensure that City government remained accountable to its residents by increasing operational efficiency, and by managing broad-reaching equity initiatives. She also helped to create OneNYC, which combines sustainability, equity and resiliency policy into one plan for NYC’s future. During her tenure at NYC Parks, she oversaw environmental sustainability initiatives and directed the MillionTreesNYC campaign to plant and care for one million new trees across the five boroughs. Morgan began her career on the Development team at StoryCorps, a national oral history project.

Morgan has a Master’s in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management from NYU Wagner, as well as a B.A. in International Studies from Vassar College. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, a fellow public servant, their son, an avid user of our city’s parks and playgrounds, and two cats, Raymour and Flannigan.

Michael Lee

Board Member

Michael Lee

Board Member

Michael Lee is Managing Director of Corporate Development at the New York Institute of Finance, a 95+ year old educational institution that trains professionals from over 120 different countries in finance. He is responsible for all the operations in the U.S. office including sales, marketing, customer success, and finances.

Most recently Michael was Executive Director of Apex for Youth, a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring, education and after school programs to underserved Asian youth in New York City. During his seven years, Apex grew from a $400K budget serving 150 students to a $3.2M organization serving over 1,000 students a year.

A native New Yorker, Michael previously served as the Director of Development at the Committee of 100, an organization of Chinese American leaders who address issues concerning Asian Americans and U.S.-China Relations. Michael received an M.S. in Fundraising and Philanthropy from New York University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in East Asian Studies. He serves on the Chinese American Planning Council (CPC) board of directors, teaches martial arts and lion dance at Norman Chin’s Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu School, is a founder of the Chinatown Rotary Toastmasters Club, and is president of the 529 Court Street Condo Board.

Michael grew up in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where he now lives with his family. His sons Connor and Maxwell attend Basis Independent Brooklyn next to the Red Hook Farm. Michael and his wife Grace are members of our Red Hook Farms CSA.

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Willy Gantrim

Willy Gantrim

Willy Gantrim is a New Orleans based songwriter. When not performing with his electric band, Little Death, he plays solo folk, blues, and self-penned ballads. He has released solo albums and one Little Death album, both available on Spotify and Bandcamp.

Allegra Krieger

Allegra Krieger

Allegra Krieger is a Brooklyn based songwriter & composer. With emotive lyricism and explorative harmony, her songs are at once cathartic and compelling. Her next record, Precious Thing, will be released February 2022.

Record Shop

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Record Shop

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The record shop in Red hook Brooklyn is a community spot! It is about Love and connecting people through music. The record shop hosts live performances, provides music lessons, and sells records and books. The inventory is an ever changing mix, ranging from the homely to the gourmet. All are welcome and encouraged to Come on down.

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