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Conservancy North is the organization working closely with Councilman Jackson's Office and other elected officials to develop and administer a community benefits agreement with Columbia University. In 2010 the organization got its start as a group of Inwood community advocates rallying around a land use issue. By 2011 the organization incorporated. New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) helped with outreach, broadening participation and organizational scope. During this time the group gathered 500 + signatures in support of its efforts.

The founding board voted in talented members of the community with extensive history working with the Parks Department, conservancies, the Community Board, educational institutions, city government, and grassroots campaigns, in diverse areas including recreation, education, environmental justice, etc. The current board reflects the diversity of the local community and possesses the critical executive and strategic skills to build positive partnerships, turn limited resources into tangible public benefits, and grow a highly capable conservancy.

Together with Councilman Jackson's office the group has garnered broad support from Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, State Assemblyman Herman Farrell, State Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Community Board 12, and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

As a result the organization today is uniquely qualified to make significant improvements to Northern Manhattan's public space. Its strengths include broad representation, vision, grassroots vitality, a commitment to best practices, sharing of resources, open dialogue and transparency, and the communication skills to effectively align goals across the community. 



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