The Inaugural Manhattan Power List honored the most influential men and women in Manhattan

The 2023 Manhattan Power List
Photo: Corazan Aguirre

Hundreds of supporters cheered while the honorees were celebrated at the 2023 Power List of Manhattan.

The individuals selected to the Power List make Manhattan the thriving and vibrant place it is to live, work, live and play. The event took place on Tuesday, April 18, at Bryant Park Grill in New York City.

“I’m honored to be part of the community that serves New York and Manhattan,” said Leonard Achan, President & CEO, LiveOnNY. “It’s just great to be here with other people who afford grace and love to our community and help everybody.”

The ultimate networking event celebrated extraordinary men and women from a broad spectrum of the business and nonprofit world who were recognized for their commitment, impact and influence in the Manhattan community.

“It’s an awesome opportunity. The work that we do at the community college provides access to success for so many minority and historically underrepresented communities. So this work really speaks to the emphasis on student success, and that is what we do,” said Larry Johnson, President, CUNY Guttman Community College.

The event was hosted by Schneps Media, publishers of amNewYork Metro, Chelsea Now, Downtown Express, Gay City News, The Villager, Manhattan Express, Caribbean Life and El Correo

“It’s an honor to be among everyone here tonight. It’s a great representation from different folks across New York who are doing really good things for the neighborhood and for the city,” said Erin Drinkwater, Chief of Government Relations & Strategic Partnerships, MetroPlus Health.

In addition to being the ultimate networking and joyful celebration, the event also supported a good cause with a raffle; 100% of the drawing’s proceeds went to the nonprofit AHRC NYC.

“This honor is really for the 5,000 amazing staff that work at AHCR in New York City. Every day we work hard to get people with disabilities and lives that they choose. And we’ve gotten way better over the years. But society still isn’t welcoming enough, not accepting enough,” said Marco Damiani, Chief Executive Officer, AHRC NYC. “We need to work really hard with an amazing group like this tonight to be sure that disability becomes almost invisible.”

The celebration was a night to remember for all the honorees and supporters.

“It feels great to be among such elite professionals in New York City. I feel great. Throughout my career I’ve felt like I had impostor syndrome and tonight makes me feel like maybe I’m doing okay,” said Moya O’Connor, a trial attorney for Barry, McTiernan & Moore and CEO and founder Caribbean Attorneys Network.

The honorees represent what makes Manhattan tick and Schneps Media is proud to bring together these individuals, support one another, do business and build community.

“I’m so pleased to be connected to all these people. I’ve made so many instant friends here, which is so important. And, in what we do, I like to try to support communities in every way that we can,” said Adam Brecht, trustee of the Margaret Brecht Family Trust.

The Power List honorees are as follows:

  • Leonard Achan, president and CEO, LiveOnNY
  • Hon. Eric Adams, mayor, City of New York
  • Curtis L. Archer, president, Harlem Community Development Corporation
  • David A. Aviles, manager of development, Manhattan Neighborhood Network
  • Adam Brecht, trustee, Margaret Brecht Family Trust
  • Robert Bullock, assistant vice president and retail cluster manager, Ponce Bank
  • Elbia Cabral, director of community affairs, NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
  • Rodney Capel, vice president for government affairs, northeast region, Charter Communications
  • Wellington Z. Chen, executive director, Chinatown BID/Partnership
  • Marco Damiani, chief executive officer, AHRC NYC
  • Michele de Milly, principal, Geto & de Milly Inc.
  • Erin Drinkwater, chief of government relations and strategic partnerships, MetroPlus Health
  • Aldrin Enis, president, One Hundred Black Men of NY
  • David Feldman, co-founder and CEO, Skip Intro Advisors LLC
  • Jan Feuerstadt, partner, Mercury Public Affairs
  • Nathaniel M. Fields, chief executive officer, Urban Resource Institute
  • Winston Fisher, partner and CEO,, Fisher Brothers and AREA15
  • Ethan Geto, principal, Geto & de Milly Inc.
  • Debra-Ellen Glickstein, founding executive director, NYC Kids RISE
  • Patricia E. Harris, chief executive officer, Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Risa Heller, chief executive officer, Risa Heller Communications
  • Rev. Carmen Hernandez, chairwoman, New York State Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
  • TaLona Holbert, associate, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
  • Hon. Letitia James, attorney general, State of New York
  • Patrick B. Jenkins, founder and president, Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates
  • Larry Johnson, president, CUNY Guttman Community College
  • Camille Joseph-Goldman, group vice president for state government affairs, Charter Communications
  • Keith Klein, chief creative officer, MSA Marketing
  • Alan Klinger, co-managing partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
  • Frances Kweller, founder and owner, Kweller Prep Tutoring and Educational Services
  • Hon. Mark Levine, Manhattan borough president
  • Hossam Maksoud, president and chairman of the board, Community Care RX
  • Joanna Mansfield, general manager, Coterie Hudson Yards
  • Misty Marris, managing partner, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP
  • Rick McGuire, founder, Subway Creatures & What is New York
  • Moya M. O’Connor, trial attorney, Barry, McTiernan & Moore LLC
  • Suzanne Rosnowski, CEO and founder, Relevance International
  • Hon. Rebecca Seawright, New York State Assembly Member, 76th District
  • Nick E. Smith, first deputy public advocate, City of New York
  • Christopher Taylor, chairman, Li-Lac Chocolates
  • Eleonora Tornatore-Mikesh, president and CEO, CaringKind
  • David Vassel, chief executive officer, My Br& Inc
  • William Villanova, president, Frank E. Campbell The Funeral Chapel
  • Anthony Watson, executive director, SUNY New York Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC)
  • Hon. Jumaane Williams, public advocate, City of New York
  • Lloyd A. Williams, president and CEO, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce
  • Michelle Yanche, chief executive officer, Good Shepherd Services
  • Thomas Yu, executive director, Asian Americans for Equality
To learn more about the Power Listers, visit ManhattanPowerList.com.
To learn more about Schneps Media’s upcoming events visit SchnepsEvents.com or reach out to the Director of Corporate Events Demetra Mattone at [email protected] or call 718-260-4512.