Board of Directors

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Brendan Aguayo
Senior Vice President Managing Director, Halstead Property Development Marketing

As Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Halstead Property Development Marketing (HPDM), Brendan oversees the development process from inception to completion. He is consistently ahead of the curve on market trends and sought out for maximizing value in all areas of new development. Brendan has successfully worked on over 200 projects throughout the New York metropolitan area, encompassing over 2,200 units with a gross valuation of roughly $2 billion. With this wealth of experience, he brings enormous insight to the development process which in turn guides him in each client interaction. He understands both the complexities and risks with each site and believes that consulting and development are both an art and a science.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Brendan has not only experienced the renaissance in the borough but has been integral in creating new markets, especially evident in Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and the previously undeveloped area of the 4th Avenue corridor in Park Slope. A graduate of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and a licensed broker, he headed the real estate development division of Aguayo Realty Group, one of the most successful boutique real estate firms in Brooklyn, before being recruited by Halstead in 2013. Brendan is committed to sustainable design and responsible development through both advanced building sciences and sound construction methods on his personal real estate projects. One of his own developments, Haus 96, was the first multi-family Passivhaus project in the United States, which uses 70 percent less energy and 90 percent less heat than a typical building.

Brendan is an active member of the community and serves on the board of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, advocating for the cleanup, public access and responsible redevelopment of the Gowanus Canal and upland areas. He has assisted in building affordable housing for families in Suffolk County as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.


Eve Moros Ortega
Independent Producer and Consultant

Eve Moros Ortega has worked at the intersection of art, film, and community engagement for over 20 years. After working at art galleries early in her career, Eve moved into film production for commercials, independent features, and documentaries. Eve is the Director and Producer of “Made in Thailand” a film about women factory workers in Thailand organizing labor unions, for which Eve organized a major grassroots outreach campaign of community screenings. Merging her interest in art, media, and community engagement, Eve joined Art21 founder Susan Sollins as the nonprofit’s first employee, helping to grow Art21 into a leading producer of contemporary art films, education, and public programs. In addition to Executive Producing its flagship PBS series “Art in the Twenty-FirstCentury,” Eve also co-produced the Peabody-Award film “William Kentridge:Anything is Possible” and helped grow the organization's community engagement screenings to reach hundreds of organizations worldwide.  Most recently, Eve served as interim Executive Director of Art21. Currently, Eve consults for arts and cultural clients including the Bronx Museum, Forward Union Fair, and Montefiore Fine Art Program.


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Marcy Orchard
Human Resources Director

Marcy has lived in Brooklyn for nearly twenty years. She started volunteering with Arts Gowanus because of her love of the Gowanus Open Studios event. She still enjoys walking into the industrial buildings throughout the neighborhood and discovering that inside is really wonderful local art. She also collects art, primarily from Brooklyn artists. When not volunteering with Arts Gowanus, Marcy can typically be found at a New York Islanders hockey game.


Neil Platt
Chief Revenue Officer, Payoneer

Neil has spent most of the past 20 years as a software and payments entrepreneur and executive, nurturing and growing successful fintech companies. He spent 11 years building CashEdge from start-up through its sale to Fiserv for $465 million, where he subsequently served as SVP, Payments. He later served as Chief Revenue Officer of Payoneer, a leading global payments company, where he oversaw all sales and marketing activity, and is an advisor and board member of several payments start-ups. Earlier in his career, Neil earned his MBA from Columbia University and worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He is proud to be a Princeton Tiger!

Neil loves to travel abroad with his wife and their two teenagers – he’s visited over 60 countries in five continents. He is passionate about the outdoors, so he’s usually seeking out the best trails, campsites, rapids and ski slopes wherever he finds himself.


Krista Scenna
Co-Owner, Ground Floor Gallery 

Krista Scenna is an independent curator and gallerist based in Brooklyn, NY.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Art History & Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in interdisciplinary contemporary art from New York University’s Draper Program.  Scenna has worked for the ICA in Philadelphia, the Queens Museum, the Whitney Museum of Art and New Museum of Contemporary Art in various capacities.  She was also a 2010-11 Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellow. In addition to exhibitions at BRIC, NURTUREart and Lesley Heller Workspace, her curatorial portfolio also includes site-specific exhibitions in alternative forums such The Old Stone House, Vax Moto motorcycle garage, the DUMBO Arts Festival and SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2015-2016.  As the co-owner of Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn, Scenna connects emerging artists with new art buyers.  She is also a proud member of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) and serves on the board of Arts Gowanus. 

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