Our Team

James F. Capalino, Chief Executive Officer James F. Capalino, Chief Executive OfficerOne of New York’s premier urban problem-solving strategists, Jim’s background combines senior management roles in government, public relations, real estate, and construction management, with extensive public sector experience at senior levels of New York City government. Prior to establishing Capalino+Company he founded The Growth Strategy Group and served as COO of AJ Contracting, one of the nation’s largest minority owned contractors. He was named Commissioner of General Services, a 2,000+ employee, $750 million agency, at the age of 28. Jim sits on the board of Friends of the Hudson River Park.  Read More about James Capalino…


Travis H. Terry, Chief Operating Officer Travis H. Terry, Chief Operating OfficerTravis brings to Capalino+Company’s clients more than a decade of hands-on experience providing strategic advice to some of New York’s leading not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Since 2002, Travis has been a senior executive at Capalino+Company, becoming its Chief Operating Officer in 2006. In this position, Travis is responsible for the firm’s strategic planning and managing some of the firm’s major accounts including Time Warner Cable, Rudin Management, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of the Moving Image. His successes at Capalino+Company include raising hundreds of millions of dollars in public sector funding for various clients and advising Related Companies on its successfully rezoning of the West Side Railyards. Read More about Travis Terry…

Jeanne B. Mullgrav, Executive Vice President

Jeanne B. Mullgrav, Executive Vice President  Jeanne brings to Capalino+Company over three decades of experience in both City and State Government and non-profit management.  In her role as Executive Vice President, Jeanne oversees Capalino+Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Group.  In April 2002, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Jeanne as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Youth And Community Development (DYCD).  As New York City’s lead agency for administering youth and community programs, DYCD invests public funds in experienced community-based organizations that provide after-school programs, train young people for jobs and enhance individuals’ literacy skills, among other goals. Read More about Jeanne Mullgrav…


Mark P. Thompson, Executive Vice President Mark P. Thompson, Executive Vice PresidentMark has spent more than three decades advising a wide variety of clients in New York, the United States and Eastern Europe. His clients have included not-for-profit and cultural institutions and private organizations in both advisory and transaction-oriented roles. Using his decades of experience working for and alongside government agencies, Mark assists his clients in accomplishing difficult, complicated projects, ranging from securing funding for not-for-profits to project managing new homes for cultural institutions to working with public agencies to helping clients navigate the complicated world of public approvals.  Read More about Mark Thompson…

George M. Fontas, Senior Vice President George M. Fontas, Senior Vice PresidentGeorge oversees the firm’s efforts in public sector funding, legislative action and plays a key strategic role in our clients’ efforts to secure elected official and community support for major public projects and public policy initiatives.  During George’s eight years at Capalino+Company he has earned a reputation as an innovative public policy and community relations strategist.  George’s work ranges from managing and advising on ULURP strategy, legislative policy advocacy, and budget lobbying.  During his tenure he has secured in excess of $55 million in public sector funding for various not-for-profit clients and successfully advised on land use projects such as: The Chelsea Market Rezoning, Thor Equities’ Coney Island Rezoning, Starrett Corporation’s citywide development projects, and Hampshire Hotels & Resorts’ Dream Hotel.  Read More about George Fontas…


Brooke Schafran, Senior Vice President Brooke Schafran, Senior Vice PresidentBrooke’s work focuses on resolving operational and regulatory issues, including permits and licensing, working to secure permits and approvals and shepherding projects through the City’s complex and myriad processes. In this role, she coordinates Clients’ teams (including project managers, attorneys, architects, expediters and others) to achieve quick, successful solutions. Among the public bodies she deals with are Community Boards, the Departments of Buildings, Environmental Protection, Consumer Affairs, Landmarks Preservation Commission, and Con Edison. In addition, Brooke guides our clients through the City’s and State’s Lobbying Compliance Requirements.  Read More about Brooke Schafran…

 

Tom Gray, Vice President

Tom Gray, Vice President Tom joins Capalino+Company with extensive experience in city government and the not-for-profit sector. From 2011-2013 Tom served as Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. There he helped give a voice to the business community and shape important public economic development projects. Tom also worked in the City Council and Public Advocate offices of Bill de Blasio where he focused on community relations, land use, and economic development. Read more about Tom Gray…

 

 

Ben Kleinbaum, Vice PresidentBen Kleinbaum, Vice President Since 2011 Ben has provided strategic advice for clients on issues related to public policy, land use, and economic development. His experience includes successfully advocating for amending and passing multiple City Council bills, managing community relations for land use applications and construction projects, and overseeing the creation of RFP responses and grant applications. Read more about Ben Kleinbaum

 

 

Fred Kreizman, Vice PresidentFred Kreizman, Vice President From 2002 through the end of 2013, Fred worked at the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, rising through the ranks from the Brooklyn Director to the Deputy Commissioner of Citywide Outreach.  During his time at the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, Fred was responsible for interfacing with elected officials of all levels, providing counsel to senior staff at City Hall, and working with mayoral agencies to address the needs of communities across the city.  Read more about Fred Kreizman…

 

Reid Capalino, Senior Advisor

Reid Capalino, Senior Advisor Reid coordinates the firm’s work on behalf of companies seeking to make New York City more resilient and sustainable. Much of this involves forging partnerships with City government or other private sector firms to pilot and scale up new technologies. Current engagements include suppliers of microgrids, energy-efficient heating equipment, biogas generation, and LED lighting systems, with projects ranging from small pilot demonstrations to multi-million dollar deployments. Read more about Reid Capalino…