Introducing nextLI’s Community Advisory Board

The nextLI Community Advisory Board is made up of thought leaders across the region from a wide range of industries. The committee members are asked to use their unique expertise and experiences to help us identify the issues facing Long Island, to refine our research, to guide our deliberations and to spread nextLI’s mission to each of their networks. At our inaugural board meeting in 2018, the group opted to provide why they are participating in nextLI rather than traditional biographies, fitting with nextLI’s approach of looking toward the future.


Ayesha Alleyne Ayesha AlleyneExecutive Director, Wyandanch Homes & Property Dev. Corp.

nextLI provides an opportunity to collaborate with a diverse population all with a singular goal of improving the life of Long Islanders.


Matthew Aracich Matthew Aracich President, Building Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk


Kelley Coughlin Kelley CoughlinSenior Development Manager, TriTec

As a development company focused on revitalizing downtown communities, TRITEC believes the dissemination of accurate data-driven research is essential in helping to educate and inform elected officials and the community at large.


Ernest D’Ambrose Ernest D’AmbroseNorthwell/Suffolk nextGen Council

I’ve joined nextLI because Long Island needs us as much as we need Long Island.


Ruth Douzinas-Smith Ruth Douzinas-SmithEnvironmental engineer, artist, and entrepreneur, partner of Trireme Consulting and a Board Member of the Rauch Foundation

I joined the nextLI advisory board to give back to a region I love and help bring the thinking behind the LI Index forward into its new incarnation.


Retha Fernandez Retha Fernandez Project Director, State of Black Long Island Equity Council

In telling the stories of Long Island, equity and representation matter.


Dave Kapell Dave Kapell Former Greenport Mayor

I am excited about the opportunity to bring my eclectic experience, gained over a lifetime in government, business and the arts, to my participation on the nextLI board.


Bob Keeler Bob Keeler Former Newsday reporter and editorial writer

What I hope is that nextLI can continue to develop powerful data, as the Long Island Index did, and add to the data some powerful advocacy and the ability to convene intelligent conversations about what Long island needs.


Danielle Oglesby Danielle OglesbyChief Operating Officer, LIU Global Institute

Understanding the complex issues that affect Long Island residents is the key to planning for our future.


Yacov Shamash Yacov ShamashVice President of Development, Stony Brook University

The mission of Stony Brook’s economic development programs is to promote a healthy regional economy now and over the long term; nextLI will provide the candid and accurate data that Long Islanders need to figure out how to make life better for ourselves and our children and grandchildren.