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July 16, 2018

NYC’s Billion Oyster Project Appoints Three New Board Members


New York, NY, July 16, 2018:

Joining the Billion Oyster Project Board of Directors are Robin Bramwell-Stewart, J.D.; Andria Castellanos, MBA; and Noah Heller, Ph.D.

“Robin, Andria, and Noah have all served New York City communities for many years, and their talent and expertise will be invaluable as we work toward our goal of restoring 1 billion oysters to New York Harbor, with local communities, by the year 2035,” says Pete Malinowski, Executive Director of Billion Oyster Project.

Robin Bramwell-Stewart serves as the Assistant Director for Capital Planning for the Project Management Office within the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In this role, she is responsible for development, management, and oversight of the Agency’s $32 billion capital plan. Prior to taking her current role in December of 2016, she was the Manager of Policy and Strategic Planning for the Port Department, where she worked to develop business and strategic plans and initiatives for the business. Before joining the Port Authority, Ms. Bramwell-Stewart was an Associate and Vice President at JP Morgan Securities, where she worked as a Municipal Finance banker. She began her career in the New York City Office of Labor Relations and is a graduate of Howard University and Brooklyn Law School.

“I’m excited to join the board of the BOP and to advance the mission of restoring the oyster population while fostering awareness, affinity, and understanding of the Harbor,” says Ms. Bramwell-Stewart. “Our Harbor remains an integral part of commerce, industry, and development in the region and is key to regional goods movement and the overall economic health of the Northeast. Sharing this knowledge with students and local communities will assure future stewardship of this important resource.”

Andria Castellanos recently retired from New York Presbyterian Hospital. She joined the hospital in 1989, and for the last ten years, served as the Group Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for New York-Presbyterian (NYP)/Columbia University Medical Center. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Operations for Milstein Hospital. Working as an Urban Park Ranger in the NYC Parks Department in the early years of her career helped create both a passion and deep respect for natural urban settings. Andria earned an MBA from the Mt. Sinai/Baruch Program and undergraduate degree in Resource Management/Forestry from Syracuse University/State University of New York Environmental Science and Forestry School.

“I’m very excited to join the Board of Billion Oyster Project! Restoring and revitalizing our magnificent Harbor is vital to the health and well being of our amazing City,” says Ms. Castellanos.

Noah Heller is lecturer on education, master teacher in residence in mathematics, and co-director for the Harvard Teacher Fellows program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Prior to joining the faculty of HGSE, Heller directed the development and expansion of Math for America’s professional development program for hundreds of “master teachers” of math and science in New York City. Heller began his career in education as the founding math teacher at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, the Billion Oyster Project’s flagship school—where he taught from 2003 to 2012. He earned his Ph.D. in urban education with a focus on science, math, and technology from the Graduate Center, CUNY.

The full Board of Directors list for Billion Oyster Project is available here.



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Launched in 2014, Billion Oyster Project is an ecosystem restoration and education movement aimed at restoring one billion oysters to New York Harbor by the year 2035. With the ability to filter water, provide habitat for many marine species, and help shield NYC shorelines from storm damage, oysters have the power to protect life in and out of the water.

To date, Billion Oyster Project has planted 25 million oysters so far, engaging 6,000+ students, 9,000+ volunteers, and 60+ NYC restaurant partners. The project’s hands-on science and restoration curriculum is taught at 70+ schools across the city. To follow the journey toward 1 billion oysters restored, subscribe to Billion Oyster Project’s e-newsletter at, and follow @billionoyster on Twitter and Instagram and @billionoysterproject on Facebook.