Being experts in the affordable housing field is the easy part. Giving people hope and helping them rebuild their lives is what makes us unique. As the “Go To Resource” for information on domestic violence and permanent housing, we understand the needs of all those we serve – and the importance of giving hope.

Carol Corden, Executive Director
Ms. Corden joined New Destiny as Executive Director in 1996. During her tenure, the organization has developed 15 buildings and helped thousands of families find safe apartments, avoid homelessness and achieve economic independence. In addressing the importance of New Destiny’s work, Ms. Corden emphasizes that “safe, affordable housing is a basic need that must be met if individuals and families are to break the cycle of domestic violence and achieve greater economic and personal independence. The scarcity of stable permanent housing leads low-income victims of abuse to remain in potentially dangerous situations and also contributes to forcing victims who have fled from violence back to their abusers.”

Prior to joining New Destiny, Ms. Corden was a Vice President for Community Development at NatWest/Fleet Bank where she identified potential projects for funding, provided technical assistance to community-based organizations, and managed the Bank’s contributions program. She has also served as Director of the Small Buildings Rehabilitation Unit at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Ms. Corden’s previous work in the nonprofit sector includes serving as the Director of a community-based housing organization in Brooklyn and as the Associate Director of Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of New York City. She has an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.

Board of Directors

New Destiny’s Board of Directors comprises a dynamic group that represents the real estate, financial, legal, housing development and nonprofit sectors.


  • Jessie M. Gabriel , Chair
    Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Nora E. Levinson, Vice-Chair
    Caeden, Inc.
  • Rachel E. Miller, Treasurer
    New York City Administration for Children’s Services
  • Paula M. Sarro, Secretary
    Mercy Center
  • Charles E. McLean, Jr., Assistant Secretary
  • Lane Addonizio
    Central Park Conservancy
  • Elaine Calos
  • Jo Ellen Cooper
  • Gina Doynow
  • Nicole Firment
    Barclays Investment Bank
  • Erin Galligan
    Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Vladimir Ganchev
    Credit Suisse
  • Michael E. Hantar
    Santander Bank, USA
  • Marjorie A. McAndrews
    Children’s Rights
  • Krishana Pleasant
    Maynard Cooper & Gale
  • Hadrian A. Tucker
    State Bank of India
  • Jason Vazquez
    Sterling National Bank

Senior Staff

New Destiny’s staff understands the housing process from start to finish and can help families put the pieces of the housing puzzle together. New Destiny’s staff is experienced in developing affordable housing and experts on the housing needs of homeless survivors of domestic violence.