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RIOC announces Jonna Carmona-Graf is the new Asst. VP of Capital Planning and Projects

Updated 15 weeks ago David Stone
Newly appointed Jonna Carmona-Graf inherits a history of shoddy spending on park improvements resulting in wrecks like this in Lighthouse Park.
Newly appointed Jonna Carmona-Graf inherits a history of shoddy spending on park improvements resulting in wrecks like this in Lighthouse Park.
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Monday, RIOC moved to shore up a workforce that's been leaking executive talent by hiring Jonna Carmona-Graf, a move, like that of landing John O'Reilly as CFO, suggesting a commitment to experienced depth exceeding past practices.

Carmona-Graf worked in the New York City Parks Department for the last 23 years, according to her LinkedIn profile, not 30 as RIOC's press release claimed, starting out as an Architectural Project Manager.

Her advancement, through multiple City administrations was steady. She became Chief of Capital Program Management in late 2009, a position she's held since then, a period that encompasses some of the most highly praised improvements in City parks.

While still a Senior Team Leader in 2008, Carmona-Graf won the Commissioner’s Award for outstanding service for contributions helping ensure that billions of dollars committed to park improvements were well spent.

Her hiring is consistent with President/CEO Susan Rosenthal's oft-stated determination to invest in Island infrastructure and comes as the State agency rushes to complete upgrades in Lighthouse Park before FIGMENT NYC opens there on June 1st.

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Here is the full text of RIOC's press release:

Jonna Carmona-Graf is the new Assistant Vice President of Capital Planning and Projects for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC). She is responsible for the direction and oversight of all engineering, architectural/design, construction, and maintenance activities on Roosevelt Island.

Ms. Carmona-Graf comes to RIOC after a 30-year career with New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Throughout her tenure at Parks, Jonna gained a thorough understanding of park operations, public programs, capital budgeting, and the delivery of projects on time and within budget. As the Chief of Capital Program Management, she led staff in the successful completion of over 1,100 projects valued over $3B, helping to transform public spaces citywide. In this capacity, she developed implementation strategies for project delivery and execution of all pipeline work funded in the Agency’s four-year and 10-year Capital Plans. She has more than 10 years of experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in the planning, design and construction of over $500 million improvements annually and has ensured timeliness and quality of deliverables for hundreds of projects annually. Working with Agency managers, Jonna also developed standards to ensure projects were durable, maintainable, sustainable, aesthetically pleasing, and affordable. She is a seasoned collaborator who strives to incorporate all stakeholders in the planning and development of community projects.

Ms. Carmona-Graf received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture from Barnard College of Columbia University. Outside of work, the Bronx native is a wife, mother of three, and proud grandmother of one. She loves spending time with her family and friends, enjoys cooking, traveling, and exploring the city's public spaces.

RIOC did not respond to a request for information on Carmona-Graf's reporting relationships within the agency.

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