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Our Staff

Simeon Bankoff

Simeon Bankoff
Executive Director
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“The goal of preservation is to protect our historic built environment as a living, functional part of our lives; there is no better way to understand history than to be able to encounter it physically.”

– Simeon Bankoff

Simeon Bankoff is the Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council, a position he has held since 2000. Mr. Bankoff has focused his entire professional career on historic preservation in New York, and is a renowned expert on the city’s built environment. His work encompasses land use, zoning, affordable housing, and adaptive reuse, and, as a result, is at the forefront of New York City’s historic preservation movement.

A fierce defender of New York’s historic neighborhoods and buildings, Mr. Bankoff is regularly called on for advisement, testimony, and comment by civic, cultural, and media entities. He serves as the Historic Districts Council’s primary spokesperson, and works closely with the Board of Directors and Advisers to formulate the organization’s strategic direction and policy.

Before joining the Historic Districts Council, Mr. Bankoff was senior staff at the Historic House Trust of New York City, where he coordinated programmatic oversight of more than 20 historic house museums throughout the five boroughs. He has also worked with the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation and the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, where he helped initiate its acclaimed Cultural Medallions program.

Mr. Bankoff has lectured for graduate and undergraduate classes at Columbia University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Hunter College, New York University, Pratt Institute, and Sarah Lawrence College. He has also participated in cultural exchange programs concerning urban preservation with groups from Europe and Asia, and wrote a featured column for The New York Times.

Mr. Bankoff holds a Bachelors of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, and is expected to hold a Master of Historic Preservation from the Pratt Institute in 2017.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Mr. Bankoff resides in the borough’s Windsor Terrace neighborhood.


Adrian Untermyer

Adrian Untermyer
Deputy Director
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Adrian Untermyer is Deputy Director of the Historic Districts Council, a position he has held since 2015. As the organization’s primary outreach agent and fundraiser, Mr. Untermyer is responsible for strengthening and expanding the Historic Districts Council’s coalition of organizations and individuals using activism, advocacy, and programming. He maintains regular communication with elected officials, government agencies, community organizations, and private companies to broaden the understanding and support of historic preservation.

Mr. Untermyer began his career as a Legal Advocate with the Urban Justice Center, where he represented hundreds of low- and no-income New Yorkers facing homelessness, eviction, or loss of emergency government benefits. Untermyer proceeded to serve in a variety of management positions within the Urban Justice Center and helped launch a new legal office in the Bronx’s Fordham neighborhood, where a third of all residents live below the poverty line.

Mr. Untermyer holds a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts in Metropolitan Studies from the University’s College of Arts and Science, where he was a University Honors Scholar and a recipient of the Founders Day Award. He is also a passionate transit advocate, and was named an Emerging Leader in Transportation by the Rudin Center in 2015.

Born in Illinois and raised in Connecticut, Mr. Untermyer lives inches away from the Grand Concourse Historic District in the Bronx.


Kelly Carroll

Kelly Carroll
Director of Advocacy & Community Outreach
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Kelly Carroll is the Historic Districts Council’s Director of Advocacy and Community Outreach, a position she has held since 2014. She serves as the organization’s primary liaison to a network of over 500 local activist groups and facilitates both local and citywide preservation campaigns.

Prior to joining the Historic Districts Council’s staff, Ms. Carroll served as Director of Preservation for Landmark West!, where she coordinated campaigns to preserve significant structures on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She also conducted an historic resource survey of Prospect Cemetery for CTA Architects and served as an intern at the Historic Districts Council while attending graduate school.

Ms. Carroll has loved architecture and cities since childhood, and began her historic preservation career as a teenage employee of the Smith-McDowell House in Asheville, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she was honored with the Hugh T. Lefler Award on North Carolina History for research and writing. She also earned her Master of Historic Preservation from Columbia University, where she focused on preservation planning.

One of Ms. Carroll’s proudest moments at the Historic Districts Council was securing the Vanderbilt Family’s support for landmark designation of their family mausoleum in Staten Island.


Michelle Arbulu

Michelle Arbulu
Manager of Communications & Administration
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Michelle Arbulu is the Historic Districts Council’s Manager of Communications and Administration, and has been with the organization since 2009, when she began as a volunteer researching historic districts in the Bronx. Ms. Arbulu is responsible for both in-house and outreach communications, and disseminates hard news, action alerts, policy statements, white papers, and programming support.

Ms. Arbulu also manages the Historic Districts Council’s online presence, and helps coordinate the organization’s extensive website, e-mail, and social media content. In addition, she oversees the creation and production of printed matter for the Council’s activism and special events.

Ms. Arbulu attended the University of Mary Washington, where she studied Historic Preservation. She also took classes in Historic Preservation at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen in New York City.

Born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Ms. Arbulu lives near the Jackson Heights Historic District.


Barbara Zay

Barbara Zay
Manager of Preservation & Research
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Barbara Zay is the Historic Districts Council’s Manager of Preservation and Research, a position she has held since 2012. She is responsible for reviewing architectural drawings and delivering testimony at public hearings of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and other agencies.

Ms. Zay also manages “Six to Celebrate,” a competitive program that selects six local preservation groups for intensive guidance each year. Using research, technical knowledge, and public outreach, she helps these formulate and advance concrete preservation goals. This work also requires producing self-guided walking tour brochures of historic neighborhoods, organizing public programs, and strategizing with, and providing assistance to, community leaders on preservation campaigns.

Before joining the Historic Districts Council, Ms. Zay was an Associate for Programs at Jane Clark Chermayeff & Associates and interned for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in the Grants and Outreach division. She also completed an internship in Galway, Ireland, as part of the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program and worked in the Capital Projects Department of the Central Park Conservancy.

Barbara Zay holds a Bachelor of Arts from Scripps College and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Born in Rhinebeck, NY, and raised in Greenwich, CT, Ms. Zay is a resident of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District.


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Kasson Mangin
CUNY Service Corps Member
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Kasson Colon-Mangin is the Historic Districts Council’s City University of New York (CUNY) Service Corps Member. Mr. Colon-Mangin began his work with the Historic Districts Council in 2016, and currently focuses on communication and administration.

Before joining the Historic Districts Council, Mr. Colon-Mangin served as a park guide for the Governors Island National Monument. He also interned for the Student Conservation Association for three years as an AmeriCorps volunteer.

Mr. Colon-Mangin currently attends the Borough of Manhattan Community College and is majoring in Liberal Arts. He was born in New York City and resides near the Lower East Side Historic District.

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