BENNINGTON — Bennington College president Laura Walker was honored Monday at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Restore Brooklyn Virtual Gala for her work with New York Public Radio, her previous employer.
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the country’s oldest community development organization, is committed to disrupting and closing the racial wealth gap. The gala pays tribute to outstanding professionals and civic leaders, while celebrating the deep-rooted connection between Restoration and Central Brooklyn.
“Restoration has a tangible impact on thousands of lives,” Walker said in a statement. “I am proud to support Restoration in these endeavors. Sometimes these days, hope can feel elusive, but we must not be deterred. Now is the time to summon the tireless courage of the Restoration’s founders.”
“Restoration is privileged to honor Laura R. Walker, the President of Bennington College and former President & CEO of New York Public Radio,” said Colvin Grannum, president of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration.
“Under her leadership, NYPR increased its annual budget from $8 million to $95 million and its monthly audience from 1 million to 26 million. As a pioneer in podcasting, she’s responsible for one of the top 3 podcast studios in the world — WNYC. Laura is also a longtime friend and supporter of the board of directors and arts and culture programs at Restoration, including the Billie Holiday Theatre. It is for this reason and so many more that we will present Laura R. Walker with the Jacob Javits Award for Enlightened Corporate Leadership,” Grannum said in a statement.
In addition to Walker, this year’s virtual gala will honor David Adjaye, architect; Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO of TIAA; and George Gresham, president of 1199 SEIU.
Restoration serves 50,000 people per year through facilities and programs that range from financial coaching to workforce development, energy conservation, technical support for small businesses, affordable housing, and theatre and arts education. Restoration Plaza, the hub of Central Brooklyn, receives more than 1.5 million visits per year. Restoration has developed and preserved more than 2,500 units of affordable housing, assisted more than 25,000 people find jobs, and annually helped scores of businesses create and retain jobs.