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MEET THE TEAM


Sarah Reginelli
President

As President of Capitalize Albany Corporation and CEO of the City of Albany Industrial Development Agency and Capital Resource Corporation, Sarah leads the City of Albany’s economic development efforts through transformational real estate development, targeted business and project assistance, and strategic planning. Sarah has worked in community redevelopment for more than a decade, previously serving as Principal Planner for the City of Albany specializing in neighborhood revitalization, plan implementation and community engagement. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Miami and bachelor’s degrees from Syracuse University. Read more.

Thomas Conoscenti
Vice President

With more than 15 years of experience working in real estate development, economic development and urban planning Tom serves as Vice President at Capitalize Albany Corporation. Tom supports the City of Albany’s strategic economic development programing working with local, regional and State agencies, organizations and institutional partners while leading the economic development staff at Capitalize Albany to catalyze transformative real estate development in the City of Albany. Prior to joining Capitalize Albany, Tom held senior leadership positions at Empire State Development. He holds a master’s degree in city planning from University of California, Berkeley; undergraduate degree from Vassar College. Read more.

 

 

 

Michael Bohne, APR
Communications & Marketing Manager  

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Mike is a proud City resident living in downtown Albany and enjoys a walkable commute to the office in the morning. As Communications & Marketing Assistant Mike facilitates the Corporation’s public relations management function — provides expertise in message development, media relations, manages the Corporation’s publications, website, social media, and other news sources. Our communications enhance our programs, amplifying our abilities to create, retain, and attract business in the City of Albany. Prior to joining the team at Capitalize Albany Mike worked as a public relations consultant. Read more.

Andy Corcione
Senior Economic Developer  

Andy Corcione, Economic DeveloperAndy serves as a Senior Economic Developer at Capitalize Albany Corporation. His practice area focuses on supporting citywide commercial real estate development, working with City of Albany Industrial Development Agency applicants, and working to assist businesses investing in Albany’s target growth sectors. Prior to this role, Andy managed the Corporation’s three in-house grant programs that focus on financing development in the City’s downtown and neighborhood commercial corridors and supporting small business growth. Read more.

Nora Culhane
Program Assistant

Nora provides management support of Corporation grant programs and business attraction and retention programming — assisting the Corporation in creating and maintaining an inviting, business-friendly environment in the Capital City. Nora brings experience in affordable housing development, most recently working as a Community Development Coordinator focusing on neighborhood revitalization work and an array of Mid-Hudson Valley community building projects. She’s an AmeriCorps alum, having served two years in Poughkeepsie, NY. Read more.

Tammie Fanfa
Executive Assistant

Tammie brings an aptitude of experience to her role as Executive Assistant, in addition to the provided support services for the economic development team she is instrumental in the management of day-to-day operations. Prior to Capitalize Albany, Tammie held administrative positions in the information and technology services, cyber and internet security industries. She later served as a project coordinator at Globalfoundries. Read more.

Christopher Medve
Senior Economic Developer

Chris serves as a senior economic developer managing grant administration, assisting business attraction, local business support and programming in the City of Albany. Prior to Capitalize Albany, he was employed by the Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR) at Empire State Development. He was a business development liaison for defense-focused manufacturers. He also brings experience working in the manufacturing sector for a decade as a Quality and Compliance Auditor. Read more.

Ashley Mohl
Director of Economic Development

Ashley MohlA life-long Capital Region resident, Ashley truly has a love for the City of Albany and the region. Ashley brings that passion with her every day while working as the Director of Economic Development for Capitalize Albany. She is responsible for business development, grant administration, strategic programs and leads Capitalize Albany’s business attraction and retention efforts, as well as developing new programs and initiatives in support of business and the City’s many commercial districts. She also serves as the local liaison for the City of Albany in the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process. Read more.

Mark Opalka
Controller

Mark OpalkaMark joined the team at Capitalize Albany in December 2012. As Controller Mark is responsible for the budget management, forecasting, and financial reporting and compliance for the Corporation. Prior to joining the team at Capitalize Albany Mark worked at Curtis Lumber Company for 17 years. Serving as Accounting Manager, Mark managed a $150 million retail operation specializing in building materials with 21 locations throughout New York and Vermont. Read more.

Virginia Rawlins
Program Assistant

Virginia provides project management support, assistance to local businesses and City of Albany Industrial Development Agency administrative support. She works with the team to identify creative solutions to development problems, discover and package funding and financing resources that make local economic growth possible. Prior to joining the team at Capitalize Albany Corporation, Virginia worked as a Housing Program Administrator at the Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program. Read more.

 

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