Solidarity Economy Strategist
As a Regional Lead for the NYC market, Androniki leads and contributes to projects across the Urbane portfolio. Her role includes community and commercial facility strategy for Urbane’s development pipeline, stakeholder engagement design and execution, business technical assistance and program design. Since early 2019, Androniki spearheaded the crafting of pilot programs to connect NYCHA residents to NYC’s tech workforce, managed the design and implementation of business curriculum for high-barrier entrepreneurs at Flatbush Caton Market, and co-leads the development of the Caton Flats holistic business incubator.
Prior to joining Urbane, Androniki directed the launch of a North Brooklyn community food platform, creating new urban agriculture space, fresh food access points, culinary education programs, and economic opportunity in the NYC food ecosystem. She played a key role in the U.S. launch and expansion of Divine, the world’s first farmer-owned, Fairtrade chocolate company creating wealth for Ghanaian cocoa producers as owners of a branded specialty product.
Androniki holds a M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. The daughter of immigrant entrepreneurs, she hails from the coastal community of Sitka, Alaska where she learned how to face a grizzly bear and walk away to tell about it.