New York, NY. Nixon Peabody Real Estate and Affordable Housing partner Joseph J. Lynch is the recipient of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s “Robert F. Kennedy Award for Humanitarian Services” for his work in affordable housing.
The RFK award is given out annually to individuals who have made substantial contributions to the Bed-Stuy community. The award takes its namesake from the once New York Senator who was one of Restoration’s founders.
Joe Lynch has a long history with Restoration starting in the late 1990s. He worked in property management and oversaw Restoration’s affordable housing portfolio while attending law school at night. After earning a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, Joe joined Nixon Peabody and worked with Restoration to recapitalize several struggling buildings.
“I’m incredibly honored by this award. I remember attending many town hall meetings with tenants and neighborhood residents. We’ve accomplished so much in the years behind us, but there is a lot to be done in the years ahead, in neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy and beyond,” said Joe. “There are visible wealth gaps in neighborhoods across our city and state, and we will continue to work with Restoration to help improve the lives of affordable housing residents.”
Since its founding in 1967, Restoration has been focused on rebuilding the residential and commercial infrastructure of Central Brooklyn by forging alliances among residents, government agencies, businesses and philanthropic entities. Community development and strengthening the borough’s network of support for its residents have also been focal points for the organization.
In 2013, Joe was elevated to managing partner of the firm’s New York City office, which he continues to lead through a period of growth and expansion.