ISLAND – (April 11, 2018) – Erica
Spencer-EL, an employee of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation since
2007, was promoted Tuesday to the new Director of Community Relations position.
“We are happy to announce that Erica
Spencer-EL, a long-time RIOC community relations manager has been promoted to the
position of Director of Community Affairs,” said RIOC President Susan
Rosenthal. “Erica’s new position will encompass
oversight of the community relations department, Island-wide events and the
Roosevelt Island Youth Center,” she said.
serving in her previous positions as a Community Relations Specialist and
Community Relations Manager, Spencer-EL demonstrated management success
negotiating several internal and external RIOC partnership agreements,
procedures and program agreements.
Some of those
· The design and drafting of the
first-ever operating procedures for the renovated RI Cultural Center
· Establishing the Bike New York
program on Roosevelt Island, a free bicycle workshop and training center for
· Helping create several Island and
Main Street beautification initiatives including seasonal street banners,
holiday lamp posts and tree lights (working with co-sponsors Hudson Companies
Inc.), the Motorgate Art Gallery and the soon-to-be unveiled Good Shepherd
Garden rotating sculpture display featuring works from local artists.
Operation Officer Shelton Hayes added, “during my time here, I’ve watched Erica
grow professionally and I personally recommended her for this promotion with no
initiatives that Spencer-EL was responsible for include RIOC’s internal and
external marketing and branding; the planning and implementation of eight
annual community events, including Roosevelt Island Day, the Fall for Arts
Festival and July 4th event; as well as creating and managing RIOC’s
first community-wide emergency alert notification system and the recent
redesign and launch of the new RIOC website.
“During my tenure here at Roosevelt Island,
I’ve worked hard to build sustainable relationships which not only allowed me
to connect with our residents, but also resulted in my gaining a deep understanding
of the community’s needs,” said Spencer-EL, who will supervise a staff of five
employees including Jessica Murray, RIOC’s current communications and events
forward to providing unique programming to benefit the Island’s evolving
community of young adults, families, and our growing population of active and
involved youth,” she said.
is a Philadelphia native and a 2000 graduate of Temple University where she
earned a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Sports Science. She formerly
founded an inner-city Fencing program in Houston, Texas and
previously served in programs such as Nike P.L.A.Y. Corps and the National
Youth Sports Program providing coaching, clinics and activities of
non-traditional sports to children in underserved communities.
She was a
collegiate varsity team fencer, is a New York Yankees and Rangers fan and
spends her free time engaged in activities with her four children. She is also a member of A Better New York
(ABNY), Black Women in Sports Foundation and the New York State Policy and
RIOC expressed thanks to former Roosevelt Island Youth Center
Director Roy Magsisi and members of his staff for their work in keeping the
center open with no service disruptions during this transition period.
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