First Annual Gotham Society Social Kicks off Next Generation of Enterprise Community Partners’ Advocacy Group for Young Professionals

Gotham Society brings together emerging leaders to support affordable housing in New York

NEW YORK – July 26, 2017 – Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) today launched the next generation of its Gotham Society at the first annual Gotham Society Social. More than 150 young professionals gathered at the Hub at Grand Central Tech to network and learn how they could support Enterprise’s mission of providing every New Yorker with a safe, healthy and affordable home.

“As young professionals, we are the next generation of leaders—and as New Yorkers, we have to do our part to make sure every family in our city has a home they can afford,” said Lauren Byrne, a co-chair of the Gotham Society’s executive committee. “Through our collective resources and Enterprise’s network, Gotham Society members are able to make a real difference in people’s lives, and we’re thrilled so many of our peers came to learn about and support this incredibly important work.”

Gotham Society members support Enterprise’s work by engaging with other young professionals as ambassadors and fundraisers for the organization, directly supporting Enterprise’s affordable housing efforts in New York City. Members also volunteer with various local community organizations, attend exclusive events and network with industry and community leaders.

“The Gotham Society is an essential component of Enterprise’s mission,” said Judi Kende, vice president and New York market leader, Enterprise. “It took decades to create the problems that made rents unaffordable for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, and those issues will not be solved overnight. We need emerging leaders who are ready to take on these challenges and continue our work in the years to come.”

Membership in the Gotham Society provides valuable board experience; members have the opportunity to take on roles that involve exposure to political and community leaders and offer management and communications experience, all while making a direct impact on the fight to make homes affordable for every New Yorker.

The Gotham Society Social was supported by Bright Power, Chicago Title, Goldman Sachs, Grand Central Tech, Pernod Ricard USA and the PIMCO Foundation.

The Gotham Society welcomes New York’s young professionals to join its mission. Those interested can fill out the membership application.

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About Enterprise

Enterprise Community Partners is celebrating 30 years in New York with a renewed commitment to a mission that is more important than ever: to create opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. The New York branch of the national organization invests capital to create and preserve quality affordable homes for low- and moderate-income people, reinvests revenues to develop programmatic solutions in coordination with public and private partners, and scales these solutions through policy change. Over the past 30 years, Enterprise has helped create over 57,000 homes and invested nearly $3 billion in New York, touching thousands of lives. Join us at www.EnterpriseCommunity.org.

About The New York Gotham Society
The Enterprise New York Gotham Society is a diverse group of individuals who are critical champions of Enterprise’s vision to end housing insecurity within a generation. Members serve as ambassadors and fundraisers for the organization to help increase its profile, resources and effectiveness. For more information on the Gotham Society and how to become a member, visit our website.