Leadership Team 

Rob Crauderueff: CEO & Founder

Rob Crauderueff, CEO and Founder of Crauderueff & Associates (C&A), brings more than a decade of experience advancing green economic development projects in New York City and across the nation.  Prior to founding C&A, he successfully led the NYC-based Stormwater Infrastructure Matters coalition’s efforts to advance NYC’s $1+ Billion green infrastructure plan. He is an internationally recognized expert in green infrastructure, receiving the 2009 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities International Award of Excellence for Civic Engagement and serving as a delegate in 2013 to study green roof design and policy in Switzerland. He has held positions as Senior Researcher for the NYC Soil & Water Conservation District and as Policy Director at Sustainable South Bronx, where he supervised land use planning, workforce development and environmental infrastructure initiatives.   Rob has conducted research with the Columbia Earth Institute, the Harvard Graduate School of Design's Climate Justice Project, the MIT Community Innovators Lab, and the MIT Program on Human Rights & Justice.  He served as a peer reviewer for the Design Trust for Public Space’s High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines and presently serves as a member of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Infrastructure Steering Committee.  He also has consulted for local and national economic development programs, strengthening business development efforts.   Rob holds a Master in City Planning degree from MIT and his B.A. from Columbia University.

Kathleen Bakewell: Chief Design Officer

Kathleen Bakewell is the Chief Design Officer of Crauderueff & Associates. She is a registered landscape architect and LEED Accredited Professional with specialties in Neighborhood Development and Building Design + Construction. Kathleen earned her Master in Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.  She has devoted her 20+ year professional and academic practice to the exploration and creation of productive and ecologically productive landscapes and green infrastructure through connecting natural processes to local and regional ecosystems, infrastructure and cultures.  Currently, this work is focused on urban food and agricultural systems, with an emphasis on the their ecological opportunities.  

Kathleen is a Founding Director of Our Growing Place, a NYCHA children’s food growing and cooking program piloted at Gracie Mansion in 2010. Kathleen is also active in NYC’s sitopian (“food-place”) community and has taught and lectured widely on urban agriculture, at numerous local and national forums including the United Green Building Council’s annual Greenbuild, American Institute of Architects, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Hungry New York, and the Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop. She founded and led Sustainable South Bronx’s team that created the SmartRoof demonstration project, featured in the book, “Women in Green.” 

Kathleen contributed to the LEED Regionalization Task Force, the Sustainable Site section of ASHRAE’s Proposed Standard 189.1P, for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings and NYC’s Green Codes Task Force’s landscape section. She has also lectured widely on green infrastructure and high performance landscapes and has taught numerous graduate-level environment planning seminars and urban ecology studios at Yale, Harvard, Columbia and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  

Advisory Board

Caroline Harris, Principal, Goldman Harris LLC 

Caroline Harris's practice is focused on land use law, emphasizing New York City zoning and historic preservation. She is an expert on development rights deals (“air rights”). She also has substantial transactional experience and serves as a Neutral Arbitrator on the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association. Ms. Harris began her zoning career in the public sector as Associate Counsel for the New York City Department of City Planning. As Associate Counsel, she was responsible for all legal matters relating to applications for re-zonings, urban renewal plan approvals, special permits, certifications, and authorizations. She also handled legal issues associated with complex special projects involving multiple city and state agencies, such as the 42nd Street Development Project. She regularly appears before the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals, City Planning Commission and Landmarks Preservation Commission. After City Planning, Ms. Harris was associated with Stadtmauer Bailkin (now Akerman Senterfitt) and then Stroock, Stroock & Lavan. She also was Of Counsel at Troutman Sanders LLP. In 2000, she joined with Howard Goldman as his partner to form GoldmanHarris LLC.


Benjamin Warnke, Principal, Alembic Community Development

Benjamin founded Warnke Community Consulting, the community development firm that grew into Alembic Community Development, in 1998, after a career in nonprofit consulting and real estate finance. Previously, Benjamin was a Senior Director at the Corporation for Supportive Housing and at the Enterprise Foundation. He also established and directed the New York Office of the Low Income Investment Fund, a national community development nonprofit financial institution. Benjamin is a trustee of the Mary McDowell Friends School; a Board Member of the American Friends Service Committee, an international Quaker service organization; a board member of Proteus Gowanus, a nonprofit interdisciplinary gallery and reading room; and a member of the Haverford College Corporation. He formerly served as Chair of the Board of Brooklyn Friends School. Benjamin received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Yale University.


Shana Wertheimer, Assistant Vice President, Housing and Operations, Breaking Ground

Shana provides building management and program development expertise to Common Ground Community, an internationally recognized model of green supportive housing.  Shana oversees the Prince George Hotel and the Christopher - apartment buildings with a combined 600+ units of supportive housing. Since 2006 she has worked with Common Ground to address chronic street homelessness in New York City both from the perspective of street outreach and emergency services as well as the facility management and compliance of permanent supportive housing. Shana has spearheaded Common Ground's emergency preparedness efforts and recently spoke at the 2014 SHNNY Conference on a panel entitled "How To Prepare for the Next Disaster." Shana earned her undergraduate degree in Urban Design from Columbia University and her MBA from New York University.