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The recent national and local events are an urgent call for meaningful action and deep self-reflection. Karp Strategies strives to continually learn about and show up for anti-racism through our body of work and as individuals and as a team. Like many other organizations, our team is dedicating time and effort toward questioning our own practices, patterns, and taking action on how we can do better and more. We welcome conversations and partnerships with colleagues in the field as we work together to make effective, lasting change, and would be glad to share and learn of resources to support each other's efforts. 

In our field, the American Planning Association's New York Metro Chapter's Diversity Committee issued a strong set of actions and recommendations to promote urban planning that leads with equity and anti-racism. We strongly recommend you read these as an excellent resource. As we look towards the long road to healing, this month's newsletter focuses on social and environmental infrastructure that can help economies recover from COVID-19 and become more sustainable.


Offshore wind is a nascent but promising industry for the Eastern and Western US. Global offshore wind investments are expected to exceed $211 billion in the next five years. In the US, the market is expected to produce between 20 and 30 gigawatts (GW) of energy in the coming decade, generating $25 billion in annual economic return and 83,000 new jobs by 2030. This capacity will only grow: the US Department of Energy posits that offshore wind could eventually produce 2,000 GW of annual capacity - double the country’s current electricity use.

Karp Strategies is proud to be working closely with leaders in the offshore wind energy industry who are passionate about and committed to introducing this renewable energy source to communities and economies across the East Coast. We recently completed work for Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies and EDF Renewables. Karp Strategies developed a robust stakeholder engagement strategy to guide Atlantic Shores’ external affairs work, as well as an analysis to understand the workforce and capacity-building needs for the construction and operations of offshore wind.


Throughout the US, and particularly within the New York/New Jersey market, investments in clean energy are doubling down – trends that Karp Strategies is eager to actively support through the firm's array of practice and service areas. Our work has and will continue to help guide Atlantic Shores’ next steps as they move closer to meet energy targets in multiple East Coast markets. Atlantic Shores continues to advance their work and demonstrate leadership throughout COVID-19, increasing safety protocols and guidelines for the vessels surveying their lease area, and bringing on WBE firm EDR to manage environmental permitting.

If you are interested in learning more about our offshore wind practice area, please reach out at We look forward to speaking.

If you’re looking to become savvy around offshore wind, check out the recorded conference sessions from last week's US Offshore Wind ConfEx as well as WRISE's all-female panel discussing workforce development in offshore wind. WRISE: New York Offshore Wind | Have a WRISE membership? Check out a lively discussion from the women driving the next generation of renewable energy. View the recorded session hereReuters USOW20: US Offshore Wind ConfEx | Watch a series of virtual events about offshore wind financing, regulations, project case studies, and more. Register here to access all sessions on demand. Reach out to Rebecca Karp, Jen Becker, Tania Marinos, and Cheryl Lim to discuss their takeaways from the event and plan next steps. 


The road to economic recovery after COVID-19 must be bold and inclusive, not backward, but forward looking. Karp Strategies is diving into the economic development models and urban policies that will make necessary choices, the smart and equitable ones for our cities, inviting more people to the decision-making table.

Rebecca Karprecently spoke as a panelist on Commercial Observer’s Tenant Talks on rebuilding New York in a post-COVID world. Thank you Fisher Brothers for sponsoring the panel! 

Rebecca Karp joined byMax Gross (Commercial Observer), Winston Fisher (Fisher Brothers), Richard Florida (University of Toronto), and Hardik Bhatt (Amazon)

The conversation considered what it will take for New York City to reemerge on the leading edge. The panelists shared three central recommendations: subsidize and support small businesses, balance business and community growth, and invest in infrastructure. 

“COVID laid bare the economic fault lines of inequality in our city. This should be an opportunity to build back stronger, such as post-Sandy, to become more resilient, and define what the new normal should look like to be pro-business, pro-city, and pro-community.” - Rebecca Karp

Read our reflection on the discussion on our company blog and access the recorded webinar here

Reopening small businesses will be critical to reviving urban life. Rebecca also recently participated in Interise Strong, a COVID-19 crisis response program for StreetWise MBA alumni that equips M/WBE CEOs with the strategies to navigate uncertainty and financial shocks.


Karp Strategies is proud to sponsor the Coro New York Leadership Center, which hosts a suite of transformative leadership development programs for New York’s best and brightest.

For mid-career professionals, the Leadership New York Program - whose graduates include Rebecca Karp, Jen Becker, and Ali Sutherland-Brown on our team - is accepting applications until June 30th. We highly encourage our peers to apply here! Contact us with any questions - we would be delighted to share our experiences with you. 

For early-career professionals, the Coro Fellows program brings twelve up and coming leaders together for experiential cross-sector learning. Karp Strategies hosted two Fellows from this year’s unstoppable cohort who have officially graduated and are entering the job market. If you are looking for a talented, curious, ambitious young leader to join your team, someone who is a civic change maker interested in diving in, reach out to a Fellow. Many of them are now on the job market and eager to meet YOU and help YOUR TEAM thrive through and beyond the pandemic.

Get to know the Fellows here


Join us as we keep our finger on the pulse of key issues impacting our region.

NYC Commission on Gender Equity’s | Town Hall on Gender Equity and the COVID-19 Recovery |  Hear from experts on the impacts of COVID-19 on girls, women, transgender, and gender-nonbinary New Yorkers and the approach for an equitability recovery. Watch the recorded session here. New York Building Congress: Espresso with Carlo Featuring Elizabeth Velez & Cheryl McKissack |  Listen to a discussion about issues of inclusion and equity within the building and development industry. Watch the recorded conversation here. Urban Design Forum: City Life After Coronavirus: São Paulo, June 22, 12:30 PM | Tune in to a discussion about how leaders in São Paulo and New York are organizing support for communities hit hard by the pandemic. Register here. RPA: What Comes Next? The Future of Housing, Neighborhoods & Urban Living, June 25, 12 PM | Participate in a conversation about the long term effects of COVID-19 on our regional health, economy, and infrastructure. Register hereWRISE: Virtual Luncheon Event, June 30, 1 PM | Join this event to network with renewable energy professionals. Register here.

Want to continue the conversation? We’d love to hear from you. As always, we welcome the opportunity to connect with your network of partners and clients or to work with you. Feel free to drop us a line at

Above anything else, we hope that you and your families are staying safe during this time.

As Karp Strategies works at full speed from home, we are energized to leverage our community economic development know-how to be part of the recovery solution. As always, our team is particularly committed to championing economic development efforts that preserve the livelihoods of those most at risk. Minority and women-owned businesses are integral drivers of our economy. With this in mind, we are inspired to share resources to help push for an inclusive recovery and connect these small businesses with the support they need. As a small, woman-owned business, this moment has also made clear the importance of engaging with our network and supporting one another. 

We encourage you to reach out if we can be of help and to learn more about the ways Karp Strategies is building stronger cities in these challenging times.

A Reflection from Karp Strategies Managing Principal & CEO, Rebecca Karp

"It feels trite to write that we are experiencing unprecedented times — but there is little other way to describe where we are. The COVID-19 outbreak is shaking society to its core. As a consultant, this means continuing to advise and support cities, developers, private companies, and non-profits on how to move their projects forward, and more often, how to do so with equity, safety, and business continuity at the fore. In real time, we are advising our clients and partners to participate in and support many of the same programs and practices that Karp Strategies is participating in as a small business." - Rebecca Karp Read Rebecca's full reflection on our blog

Small Business Resources

Federal and local governments have committed to providing financial assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Here is a list of programs that may be helpful to you or someone you know:

SBA Subsidy Loan Program

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A program providing immediate relief to small businesses with existing SBA loans that were borrowed prior to the pandemic.

Initial funds have run out for the following programs, but the government is anticipated to replenish these, making them worth monitoring. 

SBA Paycheck Protection Program

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A loan available to businesses with fewer than 500 employees to cover business costs including employee payroll, rent, insurance, paid sick leave or medical leave, interest on mortgage obligations and utilities. 

SBA Economic Disaster Loan Learn more A loan to available small businesses and nonprofits to overcome the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19.  NYC Small Business Services Continuity Loan Program Learn more A loan for NYC businesses with fewer than 100 employees and those that can demonstrate a 25% decrease in revenue due to COVID-19.

In the news: Don’t Leave Minority and Women-Owned Businesses Out of the Bailout

As a small business owner and community development consultant, Rebecca shared a call for fair and meaningful policy as the best path forward in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a recent Op Ed in Crain’s. The article considers the impact of the pandemic on small businesses—especially minority and women-owned businesses—and recommends policy and program changes to ensure that the recovery process is inclusive and equitable for those that will need it most.

“Minority and women-owned businesses in particular, who often run their businesses with fewer resources in the bank, a weaker social and professional network, and less access to loans and investments, are already disadvantaged. Proactive planning to survive the next economic disaster is critical.” - Rebecca Karp, CEO + Managing Principal, Karp Strategies

Read the full article on our blog

Supporting Inclusive Change at Inerise 2020

When the Karp Strategies team was still meeting in person with our colleagues from across the country, Rebecca Karp and Cheryl Lim attended Interise 2020. The conference, in Boston, convened a national conversation about building inclusive economies—a topic particularly relevant as the world faces unprecedented economic challenges. Rebecca presented a keynote SolveIt talk, Building Diverse Economies & Stronger Cities. In her presentation, Rebecca challenged attendees to consider obstacles to equitable economic development and advocated for supporting the growth of minority and women-owned businesses, and including local communities in economic development initiatives. Rebecca and Cheryl also attended a presentation by Karyn Polito, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, about including women of color in the innovation economy, and a talk by Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack, who spoke about equity and family-owned business. These important dialogues reinforced the team’s attention to the systematic challenges, including structural inequality and racism, that undermine fair growth. 

Learn more about Rebecca and Cheryl’s experience at Interise 2020 by watching Rebecca speak withKelly Burton, CEO,Founders of Color, about Karp Strategies' 'data, people, place' methodology here and reading our blog post about key lessons learned.

Celebrating Change Agents at the Coro New York Leadership Virtual Gala: Monday, April 27

Karp Strategies has long been an advocate of the Coro New York Leadership Center and its unmatched network of civic changemakers. In times of crisis, we rely on our communities more than ever: Coro is nothing if not an immense and dynamic community of problem solvers— many of whom are working at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Karp Strategies is proud to be a corporate sponsor of Coro in 2020 and joyously invites you to join us at Coro’s annual gala, which will be held virtually on Monday, April 27 from 6:30-7:30 PM. We invite our partners, clients, and friends, and anyone interested in learning about Coro to celebrate the work of this incredible organization alongside us. RSVP here — we hope to see you at our virtual table!

The Leadership New York program for mid-career professionals is recruiting now. Many of our own team members — Rebecca Karp, Jen Becker, Ali Sutherland-Brown, Tania Marinos — are alumni of Coro programs. If you or someone you know is interested in applying, learn more here

Looking Forward

As we look ahead to what comes next in the time of COVID-19, nobody can predict what will come for our economies, our workforce, and our communities. What we do know is that this is a time to lead with compassion, empathy, and grace; to check in with each other — our immediate and broader communities; and to consider how we can use our skills to contribute to the recovery. Karp Strategies believes that we must continue to collaborate, and that as the pandemic demonstrates even more starkly the inequity and inequality so many face, recovery efforts must be inclusive, equitable, and attainable for people, small businesses, and communities. We look forward to working with you to be part of this solution. 

Want to continue the conversation? We’d love to hear from you. As always, we welcome the opportunity to attend events with your network of partners and clients or to work with you. Feel free to drop us a line at

Updated: Jan 21

What makes a city sparkle? From a thriving economy to an accessible and dynamic public realm, our team has been thinking about downtowns, now and in the future, through both our projects and thought leadership.

Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Engagement in Downtown Baldwin We are thrilled to focus on downtowns with our project in Baldwin, Long Island. Karp Strategies is delighted to be teamed with VHB to support the Hamlet of Baldwin with their $10 million New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant. We will be providing strategic planning advisement to help Baldwin advance its downtown initiatives.

Forging Dialogues at the International Downtown Association Conference A city’s downtown is its vital artery, providing access for the flow of people from one destination to another and serving diverse retail, cultural and civic needs for residents and workers. Recently, Karp Strategies Director Ali Sutherland-Brown attended the annual International Downtown Association (IDA) conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

“The conference was a great reminder of why we do what we do and how to do it well,” affirmed Ali. Read Ali's main takeaways here.

Next year, New York City will become the first place in the United States to have a congestion pricing program. As implementation of the policy nears, Karp Strategies is keeping a close watch of its impacts on transportation, real estate, and the city more broadly. Recently, Rebecca Karp facilitated a panel discussion hosted by CoreNet's NYC Public Policy Committee, of which we are proud members, about congestion pricing. The event brought together the policy, transit, and advocacy expertise of Ya-Ting Liu, Kate Slevin, and Nicole Gelinas. Missed the discussion? Read about our analysis and reflections here.

We are delighted to welcome three new team members to the Karp Strategies team and announce a promotion for two others! Risa Shoup, Michaela Kramer, and Max Gottlieb join Karp Strategies with expertise in urban planning, economic development, research, and project management. In addition, Tania Marinos has been promoted to Consultant and Yuri Chang to Analyst. Our team looks forward to continuing to provide top-flight services to our partners and clients.

From left to right: Risa Shoup, Tania Marinos, Michaela Kramer.

Risa Shoup Senior Consultant Risa brings more than a decade in senior leadership roles with NYC cultural nonprofits and an expertise at the intersection of planning, arts and culture, and real estate. At Karp Strategies, Risa is managing several projects, from a socioeconomic analysis of a large cultural institution to strategic planning for a downtown revitalization project in Long Island.

Tania Marinos Consultant Tania has been promoted to Consultant, where she will manage an expanded portfolio and assume leadership over client engagements. During Tania's time with Karp Strategies, she has supported community engagement at two Brooklyn Public Library branches, delivered holistic planning and advisory services for Western Beef, and helped deliver services to EDC in support of the EIS for the Brooklyn Queens Connector. In her new role, Tania will manage projects in Long Island City and downtown Manhattan.

Michaela Kramer Analyst Michaela brings experience in community planning, human-centered research, and design. She’ll be supporting urban planning and community economic development research, participatory design, and graphics on a range of projects.

From left to right: Yuri Chang and Max Gottlieb.

Yuri Chang Analyst Yuri has been promoted to Analyst, following nearly a year of excellent cross-sector work at Karp Strategies. Her portfolio focuses on strategic planning, economic development, and community engagement.

Max Gottlieb Graduate Analyst Max joins Karp Strategies with experience in spatial analysis, research, and advocacy. He brings that expertise to the analysis of Long Island City and stakeholder engagement for BQX.

We will be out and about! Join us as we keep our finger on the pulse of key issues impacting our region.

Town & Gown with NYCDDC November 18 | Ali Sutherland-Brown and Isabel Saffon will be presenting on our philosophy of participant-driven community engagement and participatory action research. Learn More.

Long Island City Summit November 19 | Ali Sutherland Brown will be attending. Join us.

ABNY Talks on Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) & NYC Property Tax November 20 | Tania Marinos and Isabel Saffon will be there. Learn More.

New Yorkers for Parks Open Space Dialogues: Neighborhoods Facing Change November 25 | Rebecca Karp will be a panelist, alongside Council Members Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. and Antonia Reynoso, moderator Jarrett Murphy, Executive Editor at City Limits, and presenter, Lucy Robson, Director of Research & Policy at New Yorkers for Parks to discuss open space as critical infrastructure for neighborhoods across the five boroughs. Join us.

Coro Alumni Holiday Party December 2 | Coro Alums Rebecca Karp, Ali Sutherland-Brown, and Tania Marinos will be there. Join us.

WTS Holiday Party December 3 | Rebecca Karp, Helen Ho, and Tania Marinos will be there to celebrate with our colleagues in transportation. See you there!

Hindsight: A Conference on Urban Planning through the Equity Lens December 6 | Helen Ho will present a "Conversation with Delivery Workers", during which delivery workers will share their experiences. Join Us.

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