Lee Wellington has dedicated her career to industrial development for over a decade. Before joining the UMA as our Founding Executive Director, Lee directed a New York City Council Member’s land use decisions and legislative portfolio as Chief of Staff; helped create NYC’s Industrial Business Zones and a broader industrial policy for the NYC Mayor’s Office; and administered a New York State tax incentive program, expanding incentive boundaries to include new industrial neighborhoods.
Lee was a Planning Fellow at the Pratt Center for Community Development where she coordinated a vacant lot activation program and assisted with a large-scale study of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Lee received a B.S. in Economics from the Stern School of Business at New York University, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and a M.S. in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute.
Before serving as UMA’s Program and Membership Director, Katy spent eight years at HSG Campaigns, culminating as their Managing Director, a role that included developing winning strategies for candidates and overseeing the creative and production processes for all direct mail. As a member of HSG’s Founders’ Board, Katy helped to strengthen the company, and also prepare HSG for future growth in the changing political environment.
Katy began her political work in 2005, when she interned in Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold’s Washington DC office. In 2006, she took a position on the campaign team for a congressional candidate, starting as an intern and working her way through the ranks, from field organizer, to fundraising assistant, and finally, assistant campaign manager. She graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin with a Bachelors in Government and Environmental Science.
Johnny Magdaleno is a journalist, photographer, writer and consultant. Since starting in 2013 he’s worked in eight countries for Newsweek (forthcoming), the Guardian, Al Jazeera, VICE News, the Christian Science Monitor, the United Nations, the Atlantic’s CityLab, the New York Times Style Magazine and others.
Recently he was the Equitable Cities fellow at Next City, where he spent eight months reporting out nearly 100 articles on equitable economy initiatives taking place across the United States. His fellowship column was nominated by his editors for a Society of Professional Journalists award in online reporting.
As a minority coming from a financially troubled family, he’s seen how not having access to spheres of influence or capital can seal the fate of people with big ambitions but few connections. His reporting on equity initiatives revealed that cities who supported small to medium-sized manufacturers saw robust impact on the local economy, and provided new livelihoods for traditionally disadvantaged communities.