Karen Blondel, Public Housing Advocate

Karen Blondel has lived in Red Hook for over four decades and is a true Jill of all trades. Looking to learn about climate justice, local organizing, structural engineering, or the best pilsner in Brooklyn (Strong Rope Brewery)? Karen’s your girl. You’ll likely find her hanging out in Coffey Park when she’s not helping navigate tenant questions or finding a marching band to play at the next Red Hook West get-together.

I am thrilled that Karen sits on the Public Housing Community Fund board. She is a force of nature. I am honored to spend time with New Yorkers who care passionately about this city.

Karen is the “mayor” of Red Hook. We all need more Karen Blondels in our lives and our cities.