Betsy Imershein has over 30 years experience leading mission-driven initiatives and organizations. Betsy is a high-energy yet pragmatic leader and a persuasive advocate, writer and researcher.
Over the course of Betsy’s professional career she has honed her skills for strategy and entrepreneurship and has a proven ability to set vision, provide creative approaches and drive projects to implementation and completion, delivering significant results.
Betsy has an exceptional talent for building productive relationships with a wide variety of constituencies, including elected officials, high-profile stakeholders, and boards of directors.
In brief she has an aptitude for making great things happen.
2015 - present | New York, NY
Change Matters is an early stage start-up. Its focus is to help alleviate hunger with coin collection arcades by capturing the change that people 'hate' to carry around, for the purpose of creating additional funding streams to support area food pantries and soup kitchens. Positioning them at hubs where lots of people move through-out the day - such as area airports, large markets, music festivals and sporting events, for example - would maximize the collection potential.
consultant — Community & Economic Development, Arts & Sustainable Initiatives
2008 - present | Greater New York City Area
- Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts Working Group
- Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design
- Fractured Atlas/ Place+Displaced
- Shop Small Stores
- Karp Associates
- Bronx Council on the Arts
- PDF Development Corp
- Policy analysis instructor
- Ridgewood LDC
- NJ State Council for the Arts
- Pratt Center for Community Development
- The Storefront Gallery Project
Managing Partner —Sustainability Strategies llc
2012 - 2014
Producing sustainability possibilities, which includes energy management, waste reduction and recycling, and sustainability engagement projects for the non-profit and commercial/industrial sectors.
director (sustain) — Fourth Arts Block-FABnyc
2008 - 2014 | New York, NY
Development, partnerships and implementation of sustainability and streetscapes initiatives for the leadership organization of the East Village's E. 4th Street Cultural District, including: placemaking, energy efficiency projects for arts organizations, small businesses and low income housing tenants; waste, recycling and storm-water management reduction projects; Manhattan Borough President's 'Model Block' initiative and SUSTAIN: a Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund grant project, focusing on using the arts as a tool of engagement for behavior change to create a more resilient and sustainable block.
co-founder & ceo — croton energy group
2009 - 2012 | Croton on Hudson, NY
Energy management and sustainability services start-up, focusing in the commercial/industrial and public sectors.
director — maspeth industrial business zone
2006 - 2008 | Queens, NY
Launched and directed this start-up initiative, focused on supporting, retaining and attracting industrial firms to this key business zone.
Start-up included complete set up of office and infrastructure with limited budget and resources. Managed staff of consultants and interns.
Developed strategic partnerships with businesses, city and government agencies, elected officials, community-based organizations, and educational and other nonprofit groups working in the sector to encourage development.
Conducted outreach to businesses and community, facilitated business access to government agencies, encouraged creative approaches to problem resolution, and advocated for improved area maintenance and infrastructure.
freelance — Photographer/writer/Curator/ Teacher
1984 - 2005
- Published 10 photo essay books for children
- Fine art and freelance photographer
managing director — arts & Non-Profit Management
1977 - 1981 | New York, NY
- Ensemble Studio Theatre
- Jewish Repertory Theatre
milano the new school for management & Urban policy
2001 - 2004
MS, policy & management studies, including public finance, economics, community & economic development
1975 - 1977
MSW, Social Work
New York University
1971 - 1975
BA, psychology & the arts