Welcome New Board Members & Officers

Grand Street Community Arts is pleased to announce a smooth and complete succession of leadership this January.
At a special meeting of the Board on January 19th, GSCA welcomed four new board members, said farewell to our previous Board President and Board Vice President, and elected a full new slate of officers.

New Board Members

GSCA welcomes  Kara Banks, Michael Banks, Benjamin Clark and Ty Riddick to our board of directors.

New Officers

New Officers were elected at a special meeting of the Board on Jan 19, 2016.

Michael Banks

Athlete, actor and activist Michael Banks was born in South Norwalk, Connecticut–a city known for dense proximity of rich and poor neighborhoods. Mike Banks has spent the past decade working in the inner-city communities of Albany, NY, where he is currently Program Coordinator for the City of Albany Department of Recreation. As a coach and mentor, Mike Banks is engaged in the community and looks forward to bridging the gaps between resources and accessibility. Mike Banks has performed on stages and in front of cameras, and also has a passion for music production. He looks forward to promoting both music and drama at Grand Street Community Arts.  Mike Banks is thankful and appreciative for all the people who have influenced his life: his wife, family and friends.

Vice President
Ellen Becker

Attorney Ellen Bennett Becker was born in Dayton, OH, and raised in northern Maryland. Ellen Becker studied political science at the University of Michigan and law at the Albany Law School. Long interested in the arts, she also has a Master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy granted by the European Graduate School located in Leuk-Stadt, Switzerland. Ellen Becker clerked with the Appellate Division, Third Department and served with several Albany, NY, law firms before joining her husband in the firm of Becker & Becker Attorneys at Law of Albany in 1989. Larry and Ellen Becker are Founding Board Members of Grand Street Community Arts and have been the foremost champions of the Grand Street Revitalization. Prior to election as our Vice-President, Ellen Becker has served as Treasurer for GSCA for the past four years.


Benjamin Clark

Benjamin ClarkBen Clark was born and raised in Schenectady NY and is a current resident of Albany. Ben attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie where he earned a B.S. in Business with a Concentration in Finance. After graduation he worked in NYC and Long Island before returning to the Capital Region where he is a Senior Financial Analyst at the New York State Department of Health. Ben is excited about the opportunity to join Grand Street Community Arts in providing a great resource to the city’s youth.




Ty Riddick

A resident of Albany, New York since 1989, Ty Riddick has attended Hudson Valley Community College, the State University of Albany, and the Sage Colleges of Albany receiving her AAS in Liberal Arts, BA in African/African-American Studies, and a MS in Community Health Education, respectively. Ms. Riddick has worked for Albany Medical Center for 13 years to the present time. She is currently the Program Coordinator for AVillage…Inc, a grassroots community organization, where is working on a healthy community initiative for the Ezra Prentice Community Residence in the South End of Albany. She recently became a member of the Board for Grand Street Community Arts and is now Board Secretary. Ms. Riddick is a proud single mother of four beautiful children. Ty Riddick is passionate about helping others in her community lead and live healthier and more empowered lives.
Come meet our new officers on February 18th at “A Toast to Grand Street“!

Thank you, Vicki and Barbara!

We also said goodbye to two deeply committed Board Members who have made the Grand Street Revitalization a reality! Farewell Victoria Kereszi and Barbara Spring! Thank you for all of your dedicated service!

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