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NY Sun Works Welcomes New Board Members

September 29, 2022

NY Sun Works is pleased to welcome Susan Tenner, Sarah Horowitz, and Chris Collins to our Board of Directors.

A graduate of Holy Cross College and Albany Law School, Chris worked for 20 years as a litigator in both New York and California. He specialized in complex commercial litigation, environmental litigation, civil rights, securities, elder abuse, and many other areas of law. After leaving the law in 1999, Chris worked as a Director at Oracle Corp. and as a Director of Risk Management at Sapient. Born and raised in the NYC area, Chris moved to San Francisco in 1988 and returned to New York in 2004 to take the position of Executive Director at Solar One. Chris also has a long history of working with nonprofit organizations. He was a founder of New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community Services Center and the Callan-Lourde Health Clinic. He served as co-chair of the LGBT Center between 1985 and 1989. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force between 1991 and 1996 and served as Board co-Chair between 1994 and 1996. After 17 years of leading Solar One, Chris retired at the end of 2021.

Sarah is currently a producer on the upcoming film Acts of Reparation, as well as a pro-bono consultant in project management and fundraising at The Greene County African American Museum in Greensboro, Georgia. Prior to shifting her focus toward family and volunteer work, Sarah worked at Jones Lang LaSalle, adapting historic buildings for reuse, including the redevelopment of Times Square and the renovation of Grand Central Terminal. At the historic Grand Central, she became the Director of Programming & Events and created a diverse series of arts programming at Vanderbilt Hall. Sarah has also worked as a talent agent at Triad Artists in NYC, representing actors in film, television, and theater. She attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s Real Estate Development Program and has a BA from Williams College. 

The executive director & co-founder of the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS), Susan oversees the school’s educational, operational, and financial aspects. BUGS, a middle school, was created by a group of committed community members and currently provides a unique and rigorous learning community that embodies the sustainability mission of NY Sun Works. Susan holds a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard and has worked in the education field for nearly 3 decades. She is a skilled grant writer and fundraiser, has extensive board experience, and is an education expert.

We’re both honored and excited to be joined by these accomplished leaders in our mission to improve science-based education throughout NYC. Together, we can continue leveling the educational playing field in America’s largest public school system, and better prepare young learners with the climate education they need to tackle the environmental issues of today.


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