2016-04-13 / Front Page

Modern Spaces Appoints Dana Frankel As Director Of Business Development & Community Relations

Dana FrankelDana FrankelReal estate brokerage company Modern Spaces announced today that Dana Frankel has been hired as its new Director of Business Development and Community Relations. Frankel joined the Queens-based firm to further strengthen the relationship that Modern Spaces has with the communities it serves, including Long Island City, Astoria, Williamsburg and Chelsea. Frankel will be responsible for cultivating new business opportunities for Modern Spaces by fostering new relationships with developers, property owners and real estate industry stakeholders. She will also plan local events that grow the Modern Spaces brand and engage the community, assist with government relations and help with the pre-planning of major new development projects.

“During her four years with the LIC Partnership, Dana was the go-to person for every developer and property owner in the neighborhood. She led real estate initiatives and managed BID services, creating invaluable relationships with local leaders. Dana also has a strong understanding of the Long Island City real estate market, allowing her to intelligently source new business leads that are a fit for the firm,” said Eric Benaim, founder and CEO of Modern Spaces. “As Modern Spaces continues to grow, we’ve recognized the need for a full-time expert who can focus on conveying our reputation and business principles to neighborhood organizations and residents, as well as to developers looking for partners on ground-up projects.”

Previously, Frankel served as the director of economic development, planning & BID services for the Long Island City Partnership. Focusing primarily in Western Queens, Frankel was a liaison between real estate developers and government agencies, local residents and community groups. She led various business and neighborhood attraction programs and initiated the process of expanding the LIC Business Improvement District to include additional corridors.

“Modern Spaces is deeply rooted in the areas where it does business. Many of the agents live and volunteer where they work, creating a dynamic sense of community throughout the seven offices,” said Frankel. “Through my new role, I’ll use the relationships I’ve built with community influencers to establish substantial partnerships with real estate leaders in the area.  I’ll also act as a liaison to ensure that the work we do is beneficial to everyone in the community. Being entrenched in the growth of a neighborhood at the ground level is something I’m ready and eager to be doing again, and I’m glad to do that with a company like Modern Spaces.”

Frankel holds a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University, where she studied Community and Regional Planning. She earned her master’s degree in Urban Planning from City University of New York at Hunter College.

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