About Us

The RETI Center (The Resilience, Education, Training and Innovation Center) is a non-profit organization acting as a local hub dedicated to partnering with organizations in the education, business, and workforce development sectors to enhance and deepen their engagement in resilience. RETI Center provides services to support and transform existing efforts and creates new programming to help grow and sustain an economic future for New York City and open pathways for youth and underserved communities.


Who We Are


timTim Gilman-Ševčík                                              Executive Director
Artist, writer and neighborhood activist Tim Gilman-Sevcik has been actively involved in Red Hook’s recovery effort since Superstorm Sandy. A professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, he focuses on social impact and communications, while researching and writing about institutional reform.


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Gita Nandan
Board Chair
LEED-certified architect and founder of thread collective, an architecture, urban planning and landscape design firm focused on sustainability, Gita Nandan is also a faculty member of Pratt Institute. A leader in the post-Sandy recovery effort in Red Hook and the greater Brooklyn area, Gita helped found RETI Center as well as several other organizations essential to the city’s resilience efforts.


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Ron Shiffman
Board Member
Founder of Pratt Institute’s Center for Community and Environmental Development, the oldest continuously operated university-based community design and development center, Ron Shiffman has a leading voice for social justice in New York City’s recovery following Sandy.


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Carter Craft
Board Member
Currently Senior Economic Officer at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, Carter is an urban planner with more than twenty years of experience specializing in water, education, transportation and land use in and around New York City.
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