The Team

Colvin Grannum

Colvin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the nation’s first community development corporation. He has led the successful resurgence of Restoration, which serves over 50,000 people annually through its programs, events and facilities. Restoration Plaza serves as Central Brooklyn’s town square receiving more than 1.5 million visits annually. Restoration has attracted over $650 million to the community, assisted over 25,000 job seekers secure employment, provided financial coaching to more than 8,000 households, and developed over 2,000 units of affordable housing. Under Colvin’s leadership, Restoration has adopted a new strategic direction focused on disrupting and closing the racial wealth gap. Restoration has also expanded community programming by deepening the organization’s capacities and outcomes related to health, arts and culture, workforce development, financial counseling and coaching, and mixed income housing development. 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. Colvin launched Bridge Street’s programs focused on promoting homeownership, technology education and entrepreneurship. Before embarking on his career in community development, he 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. Colvin is Chair of Bedford Stuyvesant Early Childhood Development Center, Inc. which serves more than 350 youngsters, and is a member of the boards of directors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carver Federal Savings Bank, New York City Workforce Investment Board, Center for New York City Neighborhoods (CNYCN), Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. He recently served as a member of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. He has also served on advisory boards for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and several financial institutions.