Nancy Biberman

Nancy Biberman

Nancy Biberman is founder and President of the Women’s Housing & Economic Development Corp (WHEDco), a community development organization based in the Bronx with 185 full-time and 125 part-time staff working in cross-disciplinary programs that include green affordable housing development and energy retrofits, community safety and merchant organizing, early childhood education, youth development, family support services, food business incubation and home-based childcare microenterprise. With its first development, the restoration of an abandoned city hospital in 1997, WHEDco created space for and still houses a primary health care facility. Health promotion has been central to all of WHEDco’s work, including: exercise for toddlers, implementation of AIA active design guidelines in its buildings to encourage stair-walking, comprehensive sex education for middle schoolers, outdoor recreational play spaces, and yoga and sports for adults and children. To bring fresh produce to the South Bronx, WHEDco launched an urban rooftop farm, partners with Corbin Hill Farm ( a community-supported agriculture program), and provides training and technical assistance for NYC Green Cart vendors. Nancy’s next venture is the planned Bronx Music Heritage Center, a cultural institution showcasing the work of Bronx-born musicians, which will include affordable housing for families, live/work space for elder musicians, a performance venue, a public high school, a hydroponic roof garden and a soccer/baseball field. Nancy began her career as a Legal Services lawyer, after which she developed an intergenerational residence for homeless adults and families in Manhattan. She began working in the Bronx in 1988 and led the development over a thousand affordable apartments in 26 buildings. Three of the buildings (300 apartments) have garnered multiple national design awards. Nancy received her BA from Barnard College, JD from Rutgers-Newark Law School, and a post-grad fellowship at Columbia University School of Architecture & Planning. Her work in community development has been recognized by national awards from the American Planning Association, HUD, the Fannie Mae Foundation and a teaching fellowship at Harvard Law School.