At the start of this initiative, the participating Council Members asked the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) and Community Voices Heard (CVH) to help facilitate the process - PBP as the technical assistance lead and CVH as the community engagement lead. Together with the project leads, they formed a Steering Committee to guide the first year of PB. The four Council Members agreed on an initial invite list of city-wide partners - organizations and people that were committed to improving city spaces and governance, or that could contribute research, policy, or organizing expertise. Each Council Member also invited a few local groups and community boards, to ensure that district perspectives were represented. The following partners make up the initial Steering Committee:


Council Member Brad Lander

Council Member Mark-Viverito

Council Member Eric Ulrich

Council Member Jumaane Williams

Community Voices Heard

The Participatory Budgeting Project

Building Movement Project

Center for the Study of Brooklyn

Center for Urban Pedagogy

Common Cause NY

Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center


Fiscal Policy Institute

Hester Street Collaborative

Manhattan Institute

New York Civic

New York Civic Participation Project

New York Immigration Coalition

New Yorkers for Parks

NYC Independent Budget Office

Pratt Center for Community Development

Project for Public Spaces

Right to the City Alliance


Celina Su, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Jessica Gordon Nembhard, John Jay College, CUNY

Mimi Abramovitz, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, CUNY

Andreas Hernandez, Marymount Manhattan College

Ayse Yonder, Pratt Institute

The Children's Aid Society (8th District)

Little Sisters of the Assumption (8th District)

Union Settlement (8th District)

Flatbush Development Corporation (45th District)

East Flatbush Village, Inc. (45th District)

Rockaway Task Force (32nd District)

Fifth Avenue Committee (39th District)

Manhattan Community Board 11 (8th District)

Manhattan Community Board 7 (8th District)

Queens Community Board 14 (32nd District)

Brooklyn Community Board 7 (39th District)

Brooklyn Community Board 12 (39th District)


In addition to these city-wide partners, there are many more people and organizations working in each district to make participatory budgeting a success for their community.