Staff/Board

Executive Director Ron Hine, a founding member of FBW, currently serves as its Executive Director. He helped lead the successful 1990 and 1992 Hoboken waterfront referenda that defeated an ill-conceived development scheme for Hoboken’s South Waterfront. He then led the organization as it developed its own plan for the waterfront, the centerpiece of which is a continuous, public waterfront park that is today largely built. He has been instrumental in forming a number of other nonprofit organizations including People for Open Government in Hoboken. His work over the last four decades includes extensive experience working with nonprofits, government agencies and community based organizations throughout Hudson County, New Jersey and in New York City. He began his working career in the 1970s as a community organizer.

Mike Anderson provides technical support in addition to database administration and management. Mike is the CEO and founder of MEA Strategic Solutions, LLC. MEA is a business focused technology consulting, executive search, and staff augmentation firm. With offices in Hoboken, NJ, Houston, Chicago and Austin, MEA’s clients include global construction companies, consumer products companies, major retailers, and international restaurant chains.

Prior to founding MEA, Mr. Anderson was Chief Information Officer for several major public and private retailers throughout the United States. An author of several books and dozens of technical articles, Mr. Anderson holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Indiana University and is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Navy.

Steve Spinello is helping perform research for post-Sandy mitigation. Additionally, he is assisting with social media, grant writing, and public policy analysis. Steve graduated in May 2012 from the University of Maryland with a bachelor of arts in economics. Before FBW, Steve worked with a tech startup in New York City. While enrolled as an undergraduate, Steve worked for a nonprofit organization that served as the primary fundraising arm of his university’s annual fund. He also served as a voice for the Maryland student body by writing for the university’s independent newspaper.

Ron Hine leading tour

FBW’s Ron Hine in Pier A Park leading a waterfront tour.

Wafa Dahbali is assisting FBW with urban planning and design, grant writing, and research. Wafa holds a bachelors of architecture from the New York Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Design. She is currently pursuing her masters in international affairs at the New School’s Milano School of International Affairs with a concentration in management and urban policy. Wafa also works with Publicolor teaching middle and high school students through the use of interactive arts in public spaces. In her previous experience, Wafa taught english as a second language while living and working in South Korea to both elementary students and advanced level professionals. She has also worked for several engineering & design firms based in New York City.

FBW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

James Vance, President, Partner, Vance & Engles Aircraft Brokers, Inc.
David White, Secretary, Attorney, Pashman Stein
Monica Pollock, Treasurer, Staff Accountant, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Nicholas Borg, President, Pelham Partners, LLC
Heather Gibbons, Video Producer, Paddy Films
Ron Hine, FBW Executive Director
Ines Garcia Keim, Customer Service, United Airlines
Aaron Lewit, Consultant to nonprofit low-income housing programs
Brad Miller, Civil Engineer and Planner
Augusta Przygoda, Civic Activist
Christopher Welsh, Architect, Christopher Welsh Architects