REBNY to Honor Carol Kellermann for Exceptional Commitment to New York


On January 17, 2019, at our 123rd Annual Banquet, we will be proud to present our friend Carol Kellermann with the John E. Zuccotti Public Service Award for her extraordinary commitment to serving the public.

Carol has dedicated her long and distinguished career to ensuring that New York City remains among the world’s most vibrant urban centers. Carol is the President of the Citizens Budget Commission (CBC), and has over 25 years of experience in leadership positions in nonprofit, philanthropic and government settings. New York is a better place for it.

Consider the role of the Citizens Budget Commission in New York public affairs. The CBC is an esteemed civic organization that keeps City Hall and Albany honest by providing detailed recommendations on city and state finances.

Carol and the CBC are consistently quoted in the news with smart and sensible analysis on various issues including the city’s long-term debt, property taxes, the state of the New York City Housing Authority, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority in recent months alone. New York politicians and policymakers know that Carol and the CBC are watching the public purse strings.

Carol has served in leadership positions for organizations dedicated to the New York’s vibrant arts scene, serving as Interim Executive Director for the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and PENCIL, Inc. She has also initiated, as a consultant, a pilot program aimed to improve graduation rates and job rate outcomes at the City University of New York’s six community colleges. Her exceptional commitment to New York’s students is also exemplified by her management of Learning Leaders, which is the oldest and largest volunteer program working in NYC’s public school system.

Carol stepped up at a time when New York needed her most when she served as Executive Director and CEO of the September 11 Fund. In that role, she oversaw the $500+ million charitable fund and provided grant and assistance for the short and long-term needs of victims of the September 11th attacks.

She was also the chief of staff to then-Congressman Charles Schumer, another honorable public servant and the recipient of last year’s Zuccotti Award.

Few New Yorkers can compare to Carol in terms of impact of service and commitment to the betterment of the five boroughs. Her experience includes helping victims of New York’s worst attack get back on their feet, serving New York’s public as a public official, supporting the city’s school system, fostering artistic communities, and protecting taxpayers by providing key insights and recommendations on crucial matters of public policy at the CBC.

We at the Real Estate Board of New York are proud to have worked alongside Carol in various capacities over the years and we are even more proud of her for an exceptional career. We hope that you will join us in January at the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan to celebrate the accomplishments of a woman who has dedicated herself to helping transform New York’s civic life.