Founding Board Member, Co-Chairperson
Managing Partner, BOS Development
BOS Development is a real estate and community development firm based in Harlem. Formed in 2005 by Beatrice Sibblies, BOS Development’s platform is to develop the spectrum of projects necessary for a vibrant community. In her leadership of BOS Development Ms. Sibblies brings to bear a track record of financial innovation as a former structured finance banker. In its debut transaction, BOS Development successfully developed a 74-unit residential cooperative apartment on a 99-year ground lease from a church, which despite its deal complexity relative to other for sale condo product in the market at the time, proved to be one of the fastest selling developments in Harlem. The success of the 88 Morningside project has created the opportunity for BOS Development to acquire and joint venture with local Harlem churches to develop their real estate assets. BOS Development is currently executing ground lease developments with two Harlem churches.
Prior to forming BOS Development, Ms. Sibblies worked at J.P. Morgan Chase, acting at first a Vice President of Emerging Markets Research and then Vice President of Structured Finance. Ms. Sibblies graduated from Yale University with a major in Economics and Political Science. She also gained a Masters in Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Sibblies serves on a number of non-profit boards including Co-Chairperson of Harlem Park to Park, a Central Harlem merchant and community development organization; Higher Heights for America, a women’s leadership development organization; and the Urban Design Forum.
Founding Board Member, Treasurer
Owner, Settepani Restaurant
Leah Abraham is one of the founders of Settepani, a Harlem restaurant established in 2000. Prior to moving to the United States, Leah, who was born in Ethiopia, lived in Kenya, Lebanon and the former British colony of Aden. In 1993, Leah joined her husband Antonino Settepani, on his restaurant venture, Cafe Bondi and Bruno Bakery in an operational capacity. In 2000, Leah alongside her husband launched Settepani Bakery in Westchester (Dobbs Ferry and Irvington) and Settepani in Harlem. Leah is one of the founding members of Harlem Park to Park (HP2P) and a recipient of several awards that include the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association Cornerstone award and the Harlem Business Alliance Entrepreneur of the year award. Leah is a founding Board Member and Treasurer of Harlem Park to Park.
Founding Board Member, Co-Chairperson
Third Generation Owner, Sylvia’s Restaurant
T. Tren’ness Woods-Black is President and Chief Strategist of Tren’ness Woods-Black, LLC Passion for People, Poised for Press and granddaughter of the late Sylvia Woods, renowned founder of the Soul Food icon, Sylvia’s Restaurant where she serves as theVP Communications. With over 20 years experience in the restaurant industry and as a seasoned communications executive, Tren’ness has worked for clients such as Sylvia’s restaurant and food products, National Action Network and J. Walter Thompson. She has successfully brokered marketing deals with Target, Splenda, Starbucks and Whirlpool to name a few. Her philanthropic efforts have raised over one hundred thousand dollars for The Sylvia and Herbert Woods Scholarship Fund. Tren’ness has served as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, is Co-Chair and
founding Board Member of Harlem Park to Park and serves on the Board of Directors for NYC & Company and the NYC Hospitality Alliance.
Media accolades include: Ebony Magazine’s coveted Power 100 List, NV Magazine’s Movers and Shakers List, and Paper Magazine’s Beautiful People List. Woods-Black has been interviewed by numerous outlets to include: The Associated Press, Time Magazine, Epoch Times, Oggi, Good Morning America, MSNBC, The Early Show, BBC, Good Day New York, The New York Times, The Daily News, and the Dr.Phil Show to name a few. She has been featured in several official New York City promotions both nationally and internationally. Moreover, she has appeared and/or been featured on: The View, Master Chef (Poland, Australia) The Food Network Special Savoring Harlem, Food Paradise, Project Runaway. Most recently she has been featured in two documentaries: Harlem on My Plate & HEIRLOOM: Upholding a Family Legacy. Tren’ness is a sought after speaker and personality in the culinary, lifestyle, philanthropic, and business corridor. Her vibrant, motivational personality ignites audiences and peers alike. An accomplished public speaker, Tren’ness captivates diverse segments with her inspirational words and blows them away with her incredible sense of style. Her passion for culinary arts and hospitality has been cultivated over a lifetime of being immersed in the restaurant industry, as well as the arts/culture that is the heart of New York City and her village of Harlem. Tren’ness is married to physical culturist and real estate executive, Scott Black.
Founding Board Member, Executive Director
Nikoa Evans-Hendricks is a founding board member and Executive Director of Harlem Park to Park (HP2P), a social enterprise of 250+ entrepreneurs committed to cultural preservation, small business and economic development in Central Harlem. In this role, Nikoa oversees the marketing strategy and business development initiatives; as well as strategic partnerships for the organization. Under her leadership, HP2P has implemented economic development programs including the Harlem Local Vendor Program in partnership with Whole Foods Market and Columbia University; and launched signature marketing and consumer engagement programs including Harlem Restaurant and Retail Week, Uptown Battle of the Bars, Harlem Harvest Festival and Shop Harlem Live Harlem Vendor Fairs. Prior to founding Harlem Park to Park, Nikoa served as Vice President of Investments for financial lending institution Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), managing a $3 million restaurant and retail initiative designed to assess investment opportunities for retail and restaurant expansion within the Harlem market.
Nikoa has also worked as a corporate retail executive and strategic business consultant, helping national brands and retail developers expand business opportunities in emerging U.S. markets. An accomplished entrepreneur, Nikoa was the founder and managing director of Harlem retail venture N Boutique. She has been featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine, O Magazine, Uptown Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, USA Today, Food Network’s Savoring Harlem, NV Magazine’s Movers and Shakers List and other top publications. The child of an Air Force intelligence officer, Nikoa was raised in Germany, Italy and Japan. She received her B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Nikoa is also a graduate of the premiere civic leadership training program, Coro New York produced in partnership with NYC Small Business Services. Nikoa also serves as the Secretary of Harlem Park to Park.
Founding Board Member, Vice Chairperson
Owner, 67 Orange Street and Good Ice Marketing
After graduating from Yale University, Karl Franz Williams spent 10 years in the brand management and innovation departments of Procter & Gamble and Pepsi Cola North America. Karl then took his passion for mixology to open critically acclaimed 67 Orange Street. Also the owner of Solomon and Kuff Rum Hall and Anchor Spa cocktail bar located in New Haven, CT, Karl has designed cocktails for an array of clients including the Yale Club of NY and Belvedere Vodka. Karl has also been honored as one of FOX Business’s Young Guns, by Black Enterprise Magazine. Karl is the Founder and Chief Thinker Dude of Good Ice Marketing; and a founding Board Member and Vice Chairperson of Harlem Park to Park
Founding Board Member
Owner, Melba’s Restaurant
Melba Wilson learned her trade by working for 11 years with her Aunt Sylvia Woods (of Sylvia’s fame) and helped launch Virgil’s Real Barbecue. Melba’s Restaurant menu has soul food at its core, along with lighter alternatives like entrée salads and simply prepared fish dishes. Melba’s famous dish, Southern Fried Chicken & Eggnog Waffles, was featured as the winning dish on the Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Melba is a founding member of Harlem Park to Park.