2017 Honorees

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Sister Mary Youth Builder Award
Randy Peers
Former CEO, OBT
President & CEO, Greater Reading Chamber & Economic Development Corporation 

Workforce Partnership & Innovation Award
Andrew Kimball
CEO, Industry City

Workforce Partnership & Innovation Award
Cristal Rivera

Chief of Staff, Industry City

2017 Alumni Achievement Award
Khoudia Diop

Randolph Peers has spent the last twenty five years working in the fields of economic & workforce development, adult education and association management, and currently serves as President & CEO of the Greater Reading Chamber & Economic Development Corporation.

Prior to this role, Randolph led Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow as Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, Randolph expanded the organization from a single location, into one of NYC’s leading providers of job training, education, employment, and immigration services for opportunity youth and adults. Today, OBT has an annual budget of over $8MM, 90 staff, and six locations serving 5,000+ people throughout NYC.

Randolph previously held senior management positions at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce (Vice President for Economic Development), South Shore High School’s Adult Education Center (Executive Director), Church Avenue Merchants Block Association (CAMBA), and the Osborne Association. He served as Trustee and Executive Committee member of Lutheran Health Care, and member of Community Board 7 in Brooklyn.

Randolph holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Brooklyn College and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School.

In August 2013, Andrew Kimball joined Industry City as CEO directing the redevelopment of the long-underutilized six-million square foot industrial facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  In March 2015, Industry City launched a 12-year, $1B redevelopment that will create 20,000 jobs through a unique mixed-use blend of innovation economy and modern manufacturing, retail, and academic uses.

From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Kimball served as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard overseeing the transformation of the 300-acre former Naval ship-building facility into a national model for the creation of innovation economy jobs and sustainability.

Prior to his Navy Yard appointment, Mr. Kimball served as Director of Operations for NYC2012, the privately-funded bid to bring the 2012 Olympic Games to New York City, and as Vice President of the New York Public Library.  He holds a BA from Hamilton College and is a graduate of the Coro Public Affairs Fellowship program.  Mr. Kimball lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife, Sarah Williams, and two children and serves on the boards of the Citizens Budget Commission, Prospect Park Alliance (Executive Committee) and the Coro New York Leadership Center (Vice Chair)

Cristal is an experienced economic and community development professional. Over the past ten years she has worked across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to conceptualize, launch, and manage large scale economic development projects. She has an excellent history of building innovative partnerships with a variety of stakeholders to maximize impact, and understands how to match business objectives with community development. Key projects that she has worked on include: the redevelopment of Industry City, opening The Innovation Lab at Industry City, managing the award winning Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation Employment Center, overseeing 2M (+) dollars in ARRA funds for youth and sustainability programming at the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, and establishing a nonprofit organization for Hispanic females.

As a participant in OBT’s Youth Education & Job Training program in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Khoudia not only earned her high school diploma, but credits OBT with helping her develop critical leadership and professional skills.  Her experience at OBT enabled her to embark on a remarkable career as an international model and anti-bullying ambassador, providing mentorship and creating opportunities for other young people around the world.