Colvin W. Grannum

Colvin GrannumColvin W. Grannum has served as president of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) since March 2001. Restoration is the nation’s first community development corporation, founded by community leaders and United States Senators Robert Kennedy and Jacob Javits in 1967. Restoration owns and manages a 300,000 square foot commercial and cultural center in the heart of Central Brooklyn. Restoration also provides services and programs in the areas of arts and education, commercial revitalization, youth and workforce development, weatherization, and affordable housing. Prior to joining Restoration, Colvin served as the founding president and chief executive officer of Bridge Street Development Corporation, a community development corporation affiliated with Bridge Street AWME Church. Before embarking on his career in community development, Colvin practiced law for over 17 years primarily as a litigation attorney in the public and private sectors, including the United States Department of Justice, Verizon, and the New York City Corporation Counsel. Colvin earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He serves as a member of the boards of directors of the New York City Workforce Investment Board, Center for New York City Neighborhoods (CNYCN), Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the Association of Housing and Neighborhood Developers (ANHD), Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and the Brunswick School, Greenwich, Connecticut. He is a member of Black Agency Executives (BAE). Mayor Bloomberg appointed Colvin to serve on the Mayor’s Commission for Economic Opportunity, and Governor Spitzer appointed him to the Housing Policy Committee of the then Governor-elect’s Transition Team. He has also served on advisory boards of JPMorgan Chase, Fannie Mae, HSBC Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, to name a few.