The leadership of Shelton Haynes has brought about remarkable transformation in the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. As a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, his commitment to positive change has significantly impacted the island community.
Revitalizing Riverwalk Neighborhood
Haynes and the RIOC worked closely with developers to transform the Riverwalk neighborhood into a bustling hub for both residential and commercial activities, which has significantly improved the residents’ quality of life by providing new opportunities.
Championing Public Safety
Recognizing the importance of a proficient public safety department, Haynes established an adept and responsive team. As a result, Roosevelt now boasts of being a safe and secure haven for both residents and visitors, thanks to his unwavering efforts.
Recognized for Excellence
The CEO was recognized for his commitment to preserving and rehabilitating the Upper East Side’s historic districts with the 2023 Rehabilitation Award presented by Friends. This award acknowledges his dedication to maintaining the unique heritage of the island, showcasing his love for its history.
Pickleball and Community Engagement
In 2023, Haynes teamed up with Akeem Jamal to introduce pickleball to Roosevelt Island. The new recreational activity aims to encourage social interaction among residents while promoting healthy living.
Unveiling a Memorable Tribute
Haynes led the initiative to unveil a remarkable memorial on Roosevelt Island, commemorating its history and residents’ contributions. This powerful symbolic tribute is a testament to his unwavering commitment to preserving the island’s profound heritage.
A Forward-Looking Leader
The CEO leadership has made RIOC operate efficiently and effectively. Under his transparent and accountable focus, the island has been cast as a hidden gem amidst Queens and NYC.
As President and CEO of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, Shelton Haynes spearheaded a transformational period for the island community. His innovative mindset demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and unwavering passion for preserving its heritage made him instrumental in making Roosevelt a place that’s buzzing with life. Under his leadership, this model community continuously grows and evolves with progress and inclusivity as their driving forces.