The Local Development Corporation of Crown Heights
Board of Directors

Russell L. Taylor, Chairperson,
has been the Chairman of the Board for LDCCH since 2008. Previously, Russell was one of the original board members of the David Chavis Apartments, commencing in 1982. Russell has always been at the forefront of leadership starting with his illustrious career in the United States Army. In 1961, Mr. Taylor was the Commander of a team participating in the National Drill competition at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He followed that accomplishment in 1962 when he received an appointment from Mayor Robert Wagner to help raise vote awareness, something that he continues to do today with the NYC Board of Elections.



Nizjoni Granville, Director, has been an officer of LDCCH since 2002 and serves as its Secretary-Treasurer. Nizjoni is currently employed with New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority where she started working from Baruch College in 1981. Following her bachelor's degree, she has earned two Master's degrees; one in Transportation Management from Polytechnic University, and one in Public Administration from Long Island University.

Nizjoni was appointed by the Brooklyn Borough President to serve as a Member of Brooklyn Community Board 8 in May 1996 and Chairperson of the Housing/ULURP Committee since 2003. In 2007, Nizjoni was elected to the position of Chairperson of Brooklyn Community Board 8.

Ms. Granville graduated from the Citizens' Police Academy in December 2000 and served on the Neighborhood Advisory Board from 1998-2003. In February 2009, the Committee for African Americans in Transit (CAAT) recognized her for "untiring efforts that have helped so many." In March 2010, she was also recognized by State Senator Eric Adams "for outstanding leadership and work in the 20th Senatorial District."


William Boyd, Director, was born in Anniston, Alabama, and raised and educated in Brooklyn. After graduating from Manhattan Technical high school, he pursued a number of professional career endeavors that led him into banking, where he worked at Morgan Guarantee Trust Bank in the stocks and bonds department. This was followed by several years in the public sector where he worked at the New York City Department of Preservation and Development in the housing finance division.

Aside from his professional endeavors, Mr. Boyd is passionate about his community. He is committed to use his resources and abilities toward helping others and improving their quality of lives. His recognition of the need to give back has directed him to volunteer his time working with community youth, chairing David Chavis Apartment's tenant organization where he serves as President. In addition to being a member of the board of directors of LDCCH, he is also a member of the Concerned Parents Association of Crown Heights.

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