Faith Based Developments
11am - 11:45am - Room Jed D. Satow
Keith Gordon - Moderator
Jerrod Delaine, Chief Executive Officer of The Delaine Companies, has a Bachelor’s Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture from Florida A & M University School of Architecture and Environmental Technology as well as a Master of Science degree from New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate. As a seasoned Real Estate Developer with over a decade of experience, Jerrod has amassed a skill set that includes Design, Construction, Finance, Affordable Housing, and Asset Management.
Jerrod spent the first five years of his career at Forum Architecture and Interior Design, the majority of his efforts focused on project managing affordable housing projects in the southeast region of the United States. As an academic, he serves as an adjunct professor at both his alma mater, NYU, and Pratt Institute, educating Graduate and Undergraduate students on development, public-private partnerships, urban economics, and portfolio management. He have over 12 years of experience in real estate development, with an expertise in affordable housing and faith based development. Jerrod is also thought leader in urban housing policy. He is the founder and CEO of The Delaine Companies, a value-based company committed to utilizing access to capital markets and improving communities through real estate finance and development.
Ericka Keller truly has a heart for community development and revitalization. Attending school on full academic scholarships and graduating Magna Cum Laude, Ericka earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and Professional Certification degrees from New York University, Brooklyn College, and the College of St. Rose, respectively. Ericka commenced her career as a junior high school teacher and served 10 years as NYC Department of Education Principal before taking over the family business of construction and development in 2012.
Ericka built upon Brisa Builders Corp’s history as a HUD 202 General Contractor building senior housing for faith-based sponsors and in 2016 opened her own company Brisa Builders Development LLC, an organization focused on the development of affordable housing with faith-based organizations and church partners. Since 2016, Brisa Builders Development LLC has currently completed over 660 units of affordable housing with more than 108,575 sq. ft. of commercial/retail and community facility spaces, many with faith-based partners. The company currently has over 700 units in predevelopment in NYC including 233 units as the selected developer for the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Brownsville RFP- Site B in 2018. In 2019, she partnered with a colleague to expand the business outside of the NYC metro area by forming Brisa Development LLC, Brisa was the winner of the City of Chicopee, Baskin Site in 2020 and the 24-acre Carriage Grove site in Western Massachusetts in 2021 as well as purchaser of properties in Rhode Island and Maine. Ericka has received several awards and citations during the course of both of her careers including, the 2009 Queens Rotary Club “Unsung Hero Award”, 2010 NYS Senate “Constituent of the Month Citation”, 2012 National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) “Woman of the Year Award” the 2015 Mayor Hall -Village of Hempstead “Woman of the Year Award ”, including recognitions from recent colleagues like the New York State Association of Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) 2021 M/WBE of the Year and 2021 Crain’s Notable Business Woman Recognition. Ericka also provides an annual scholarship to young men from Brooklyn, pursuing college with an entrepreneurial spirit, in honor of her late father, Thomas B. Keller.
Dr. Malcolm Punter
Malcolm A. Punter earned and was awarded the Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.), holds a Master of Science Law (JSM) degree, a M.B.A in Management & Operations, and a B.S. in Behavioral Science.
Dr. Punter is a member of the Metro New York National Black MBA Association, 100 Black Men of New York, Inc., serves as the Secretary of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr Memorial Committee, Inc., as the Vice President of the Black Agency Executives in NYC as well as served on many boards for other civic, housing and fraternal organizations Dr. Punter has distinguished himself as a change agent in the business of Real Estate and as a consultant to investors in distressed markets in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
As President & CEO for Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI) he provides day to day oversight for all aspects of HCCI and manages the financial and operational sustainability of over $ 550 million in real estate assets comprised of 90 mixed-use commercial buildings, a 70 unit commercial leasing portfolio compromised of 60,000 sq. ft. of retail space in Harlem and a myriad of social service programs. Dr. Punter is a NYS Licensed Real Estate Broker and markets diverse housing to qualified buyers and sellers primarily in the New York City. Dr. Punter drives the affordable housing initiatives of HCCI which currently has several new construction projects in production including 135 units of senior housing, 250 cooperative homeownership units, and currently over affordable rental housing preservation and new construction deals in New York, New Jersey, and Georgia.
Prior to joining HCCI, Dr. Punter worked in the affordable housing industry on other
Central Harlem real estate development projects monitored by NYC HPD, Enterprise
Community Partners, Inc. and LISC, the current partners of HCCI in housing
development. Dr. Punter created and managed his own family real estate investments with holdings in NY, PA and CT. Dr. Punter has worked as a mentor for youth with various religious and civic organizations in the Harlem community, and lectures on business, economics, and entrepreneurship.
He teaches courses at Universities such as the College of New Rochelle, the City College of New York, and New York Theological Seminary. Dr. Punter served as an Adjunct Professor of Social-Science and business management at the College of New Rochelle from 2005 - 2019.
Dr. Punter has made guest appearance on various radio program WHCR 90.3, the Voice of Harlem, Sirius XM and HCCI’s own podcast program. Dr. Punter advises churches, mosques and other faith-based organization on the development of their real estate assets to prevent predatory investors from taking advantage of their inexperience in the process.
Pastor Gilford T. Monrose
Pastor Gilford T. Monrose is a visionary leader and community advocate who dedicates his time, experience, skills and talents to serving humanity and building bridges between people of all diversities. A proud native of the United States Virgin Islands, he relocated to New York in 1999 to pursue his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Bible Studies at Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary.
Pastor Gil always had a passion to serve the church, especially young people. He functioned as Youth Director for five years, developing programs for young people at the now historic Mt. Zion Church of God 7th Day in East Flatbush, Brooklyn New York. In May 2005, Pastor Gil was ordained as the Pastor of the congregation. He continues to serve in that capacity and show great, unyielding love for his church and its members.
Pastor Gil’s deep love for people extends beyond the walls of his local church. He presently serves as Alumni Chair for We Are All Brooklyn, an organization that brings diverse leaders together to solve quality of life issues affecting their communities. He also serves on the Advisory Leadership Council for Habitat for Humanity, strengthening the organization’s mission of providing affordable homeownership opportunities by advising on strategies to economically empower members of NYC.
As the Director of Faith-based and Clergy Initiatives in the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President since 2013, Pastor Gil successfully brings together faith leaders and clergy of diverse traditions to improve Brooklyn’s communities, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.
Previously, Pastor Gil served several boards including Community Board #17, Brooklyn Healthcare Improvement Project, Explore Charter School, and Kings County Behavior Health Community Council. He has also served as Vice President of the St. Lucia House Foundation, the Church of God 7th Day Pastor’s Network, Inc., and Churches United to Save and Hea (CUSH)l; Team Leader for the Neighborhood Housing Services Invest in Brooklyn Initiative, and Chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Interfaith Celebration.
Pastor Gil’s dedication to help end senseless gun violence prompted him to become the Founding President of the 67th Precinct Clergy Council Inc. “The GodSquad” which serves as a liaison between the police and the community. He is also the Founder and President of Brooklyn Center for Quality Life. This non-profit empowers the community of Brooklyn to make informed life decisions in areas of healthcare, education, immigration, personal finances and disaster preparedness. In this capacity, Pastor Gil also serves as Volunteer Chaplain with New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) for over 8 years responding to crisis as they unfold throughout Brooklyn.
Pastor Gil is an advisor to Gov. Bryan of the USVI and the Department of Health. Most recently, he worked directly with the USVI Department of Health to draft a bill to create the Virgin Islands Office of Gun Violence Prevention. The bill was successfully signed into law on January 22nd, 2021.
Locally, Pastor Gil works with various elected officials and community leaders as a moral voice and spiritual counsel on issues affecting the community at large. As the loving husband of wife Dianne, and father to Gianne and Joshua, he is a passionate advocate for families and children. Pastor Gil and his family live in Weeksville, Brooklyn, NY USA.