Board of Directors + Leadership

Board of Directors

  • David Burney Chair, Board of DirectorsProfessor, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment; Former Commissioner, New York City Department of Design and Construction

  • Vineet Bedi Secretary, Board of DirectorsFounder and Chief Investment Officer, KRV Capital, LP

  • Les Bluestone Treasurer, Board of DirectorsPresident, Blue Sea Development Company and Blue Sea Construction Co.

  • Joan Blumenfeld Board MemberGlobal Interior Design Director, Perkins+Will New York

  • Kevin Davis Board MemberExecutive VP, Jones Lang Lasalle Hotels & Hospitality Investment Banking Group

  • Dr. Elizabeth Garland Board MemberAssociate Professor; Director Division of General Preventive Medicine & Community Health, Dept. of Preventive Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • Peter Murray Board MemberChairman, NLA: London's Centre for the Built Environment


  • Joanna Frank Executive Director

    Joanna Frank is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Active Design. Prior to launching the Center, Ms. Frank worked for the City of New York, where her positions included Director of Active Design and Director of the NYC FRESH program. Before working for the City, Ms. Frank was a Partner at Bright City Development, LLC where she was responsible for the development of mixed-use residential buildings using sustainable design criteria. Ms. Frank is a member of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Steering Committee [National].

  • Suzanne Nienaber, AICP Director, Partnerships

    Suzanne Nienaber is the Partnerships Director at the Center for Active Design. With expertise in urban planning, training, and facilitation, Suzanne has orchestrated over 100 presentations and participatory workshop that encourage designers, planners, developers, and policymakers to transform the built environment to support physical activity and healthy eating. Previously she consulted for New York City’s inter-agency Active Design team, where she developed and implemented training programs to familiarize public and private sector professionals with NYC’s award-winning Active Design Guidelines.

  • Reena Agarwal Director, Strategic Initiatives

    Reena Agarwal is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Center for Active Design, where she is responsible for programs, research, and policy efforts aimed at using design to promote of health and community development. In her previous roles at the New York City Department of Design and Construction and as a consultant for New York City’s inter-agency Active design team, she focused on regulatory and legislative efforts aimed at promoting environmental sustainability and health in building design. Prior, Reena worked as an architect, focusing on the design of residential structures. Reena holds a Master of Urban Planning from New York University, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Michigan and has over a decade of experience working in the industry.

  • Abigail Claflin Senior Researcher

    Abigail Claflin is Senior Researcher at the Center for Active Design. Previously, she conducted child development and psycholinguistics research at University of Edinburgh, Harvard University, and The Ohio State University. She was part of a team evaluating a school-based health promotion intervention at Weill Cornell Medical College, and she worked on pharmaceutical outcomes research at Pfizer, Inc. Abigail has also worked in health policy at the Children’s Defense Fund-New York and the Community Service Society of New York. Her work as a consultant with the New York Academy of Medicine led to publication of A Compendium of Proven Community-Based Prevention Programs. Abigail holds a MA in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh and an MPH in Health Promotion from Columbia University.