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2022 Newsletter #1

Updated: Jan 27, 2022

WEDG Trainings, Portside Team Outings, and Celebrating our Team's Growth and Expansion


Karp Strategies is thrilled to announce that multiple team members will be participating in the Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG) Training held by the Waterfront Alliance this upcoming winter session! Several of our team members participated in the training last year, as a critical way to contribute additional skills to our growing Renewable Energy + Offshore Wind practice area.


As part of our end-of-year celebration, the Karp Strategies team visited the Brooklyn Cruise and Red Hook Container Terminals last month. Given all the work we do on the waterfront - and recent global supply chain challenges at ports - it seemed like a particularly timely moment to ensure our whole team understands the inner workings and import of regional marine terminals. Our CEO, Rebecca Karp, also recently wrote an op-ed to this effect - With Supply Chain Issues Canceling Christmas, Local Ports Need a Game Plan - highlighting the need to invest in our port infrastructure.

Our team had a great opportunity to learn more about the crucial role our ports play in moving consumer goods through dense urban areas, and to understand first hand how supply chain issues (like those highlighted in the op-ed) are playing out in real time throughout North America. More importantly, we were able to ask detailed questions about how the port leadership teams dealt with the ongoing curveballs of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Karp Strategies team plans on taking the lessons learned from our port visits and applying them to our current and future projects related to port infrastructure and supply chain management.

Karp Strategies team at the Red Hook ContainerTerminal.

Karp Strategies team at the Brooklyn CruiseTerminal.

Thank you to both the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and the Red Hook Container Terminal staff for graciously supporting our firm’s professional development and taking the time to give us tours around your facilities.


Karp Strategies team members Carlos Mandeville, Gopinath Gnanakumar Malathi, Jeff Lee-Romero, and Leah Yudin also had the opportunity to visit the GCT Bayonne facility in New Jersey. Our team members have been growing their expertise in our Transportation + Infrastructure and Real Estate Development Advisory practice areas and were thrilled to have the opportunity to learn more about New Jersey’s port systems. As our team continues to grow and expand our expertise in port infrastructure strategy and waterfront development, Karp Strategies looks forward to working with key players in this space to help our ports meet the needs of local and regional communities.

Karp Strategies team visit at GCT Bayonne.



Join us in celebrating Gopinath’s promotion to full-time Senior Analyst! Gopi began at Karp Strategies as a Graduate Analyst, and subsequently advanced to an Analyst position, a title he held until his recent promotion to Senior Analyst.


Join us in celebrating Zeineb’s promotion to full-time Consultant! Zeineb joined Karp Strategies as a Graduate Analyst, and advanced to an Analyst role, a position she held until her recent promotion to Consultant.


Karp Strategies is thrilled to announce the two newest members of our team: Christina Blanco as Director of Business Operations and Administration, and Ian Straughter as Director. Christina and Ian bring decades of experience leading a wide variety of projects across a range of practice areas, from workforce development and stakeholder engagement to internal systems design and strategic planning.

Christina brings over a decade of experience in organizational strategy, operations, and process management. As Karp Strategies’ manager of internal operations, her role includes engagement with external vendors, oversight of internal employee initiatives, and support for the implementation of the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time in nature or with her cat, Arthur.

Ian has more than a decade of experience in workforce development, project management, and partnership creation. Prior to joining Karp Strategies, Ian was at the NYC Economic Development Corporation spearheading partnerships with key workforce development stakeholders throughout New York City. Ian has seen every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


As we continue to grow, Karp Strategies seeks passionate and community-driven professionals to join our dynamic team. Check out our open positions here, and apply now!

The following positions are open:


The New York City Employment & Training Coalition (NYCETC) will host a webinar entitled The State of Retail, Food & Hospitality, in partnership with the NYC Workforce Business Council members and other partners on Thursday, January 20th at 12 PM. Learn more about the event and register here.

Join ABNY’s final installation of the ABNY University Bootcamp: How to Run a Successful Political Campaign Session Three: How to Organize to Effect Change in the Electoral Process with Kimberly Peeler-Allen on Wednesday, January 19th from 1 - 2 PM. Learn more about the event and register here.

Join the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for the IEDC Leadership Summit taking place in Coachella Valley, CA from Sunday, January 30th to Tuesday, February 1st. Learn more about the event here and 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. Reach out to us at


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