City University Construction Fund (CUCF) Mission Statement
The CUCF is a public benefit corporation established in 1966 by the New York State Legislature, known as the City University Construction Fund Act. The Mission of CUCF is to manage the resources necessary for the design and construction of space required to support the educational mandate of the City University of New York. A seven-member Board of Trustees governs the CUCF’s programs.
CUCF Performance Standards:
- Design and Build cost effective high quality capacity to meet the long term needs of the University System.
- Ensure the maximum use of energy efficient green technology in designing new buildings and in the replacement of existing building systems.
- Maintain the highest standards of business integrity and financial accountability through good management and internal control systems.
- Establish and maintain analytic processes to identify the budgetary requirements necessary to support the infrastructure needs of the individual colleges.
- Implement and maintain a successful Minority and Women – Owned Business Enterprise Program.
PHILIP A. BERRY serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for strategies to attract, develop, and retain talent for the Clinton Foundation. Prior to his current role, he was the president of Philip Berry Associates LLC, a management consulting firm which focuses on executive coaching, global talent development, and organizational effectiveness.
As the former vice president of global workplace initiatives, and the corporate officer for Colgate-Palmolive, Mr. Berry led the company’s human resources efforts to create a diverse and effective workforce. Before joining Colgate-Palmolive, he acquired human resources expertise at Procter & Gamble. He also was the vice president of human resources at Digital Equipment and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.
Mr. Berry’s educational background includes an M.B.A. from Xavier University, an M.S.W. from Columbia University, a B.A. in Sociology from Queens College, and an A.A. in Marketing from Manhattan Community College.
Mr. Berry was the vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for the City University of New York (CUNY) from 2006 to 2016 where he was responsible for the 24 public colleges within New York City. He is presently the acting chair of the City University Construction Fund.
BRIAN D. OBERGFELL
is an attorney with extensive background in banking, real estate and commercial finance and a Brooklyn resident, who was nominated by Governor Cuomo and unanimously confirmed by the New York Senate as a member of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York in June 2012 to a term that ends June 2018.
Mr. Obergfell is a senior partner in Emmet, Marvin & Martin LLP, the New York City law firm where he has worked since 1985. He is admitted to practice in New York State and, since 2010, in England and Wales. He graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Communications in 1979 and from New York Law School with a J.D. in 1985.
Mr. Obergfell has been a permanent trustee of the Heisman Trophy Trust since 2001, is a trustee of the Leake & Watts Children’s House since 2009, and served on the New York State Banking Board from 2007 through 2011. Mr. Obergfell was appointed to the State Charter Advisory Board of the New York State Department of Financial Services in March 2012.
Mr. Obergfell serves as Chair of the CUNY Board of Trustees’ Committee on Facilities Planning and Management, and is a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Obergfell was appointed by Governor Cuomo to the City University Construction Fund in June 2015.
VICTOR M. PICHARDO was appointed by the Speaker of the New York State Assembly on January 22, 2018, to the Board of Trustees of the City University Construction Fund. He is the Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing the 86th New York State Assembly District, which includes the University and Morris Heights, Mount Eden, Kingsbridge, Tremont, and Fordham sections of the Bronx.
After graduating from the University at Buffalo in 2007 with a degree in Communications and double minors in English and Sociology, Victor pursued an internship with Senator Charles Schumer in New York City. After completing his internship, Victor became Senator Schumer’s Staff Assistant and was eventually promoted to Community Outreach Coordinator/Latino Liaison.
After serving 4 years in Senator Schumer’s office, Victor expanded his career and became an Associate Director of Public Relations at Mercy College. Victor missed the life of public service and decided to return to his true calling. In 2012, Victor became the Director of Community Affairs for State Senator Gustavo Rivera in the Bronx. Victor was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 2013 and has since been re-elected in 2014 and in 2016 to full terms.
MICHAEL M. WALSH is a Staten Island attorney who concentrates in residential and commercial real estate transactions, estate planning and Probate and Administration of Estates, as well as personal injury matters. Michael M. Walsh, Esq. has been admitted to practice law in New York State and in the United States Federal Court Eastern District since 1983. He was admitted to practice to the U.S. Federal Court for the Southern District in 1985 and admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America in 1988. Prior to his own law office, Mr. Walsh was an associate attorney with Russ Fusco Scano PC. Mr. Walsh was appointed by the Governor to the City University Construction Fund and confirmed on June 18, 2015 by the New York State Senate.
Mr. Walsh is a member and Former Director of the Richmond County Bar Association. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association. Between 1989 and 1996, he served as a board member of the March of Dimes charitable organization. The Staten Island resident graduated with B.A. in Political Science from St. John’s University and a J.D. from New York Law School.
ROBERT F. MUJICA was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 15, 2016 as a member of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York.
Mr. Mujica is the Budget Director of the State of New York, responsible for the overall development and management of the State’s fiscal policy, including overseeing the preparation of budget recommendations for all State agencies and programs, economic and revenue forecasting, tax policy, fiscal planning, capital financing and management of the State’s debt portfolio.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Mujica was Chief of Staff to the Temporary President and Majority Leader of the Senate and concurrently served as the Secretary to the Senate Finance Committee. For two decades, Mr. Mujica advised various elected and other government officials in New York on State budget, fiscal and policy issues.
Robert received his B.A. degree in Sociology from Brooklyn College at the City University of New York. He received his Master’s degree in Government Administration (M.G.A.) from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Albany Law School.
Mr. Mujica is Chair of the Board’s Subcommittee on Audit, and serves as a member of the Board’s Standing Committee on Fiscal Affairs.
WILLIAM C. THOMPSON, JR., B.A., was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 15, 2016 as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York and serves as ex-officio member of the CUCF Board of Trustees.
Mr. Thompson is a dedicated advocate for innovation, diversity and progress in the public and private sectors. He champions transformational policy for positive change, demanding accountability, transparency and integrity. Mr. Thompson’s legacy includes driving positive, innovative change in New York City education and economic development, protecting the City’s financial integrity and fighting to protect the interests of millions.
Currently, Mr. Thompson is a Partner at Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., a full service investment firm, serving as Chief Administrative Officer since April 2010. Siebert Brandford Shank has managed over $1 trillion of municipal bonds in more than 4,000 transactions for the funding of education, housing, health services, transportation, utilities, capital facilities, economic development, redevelopment and general infrastructure projects. The firm has ranked as the #1 M/WBE (Minority and Women-Owned Business) firm in public finance from 1998 to 2015 and was the first M/WBE firm to be ranked in the top 10 for public finance senior managed transactions.
Mr. Thompson was elected to two consecutive, four-year terms as Comptroller of the City of New York in 2002. As the NYC Comptroller, he led a team of 720 employees, managed a $66 million annual operating budget, $36.5 million capital budget, and the 5th largest billion-dollar pension fund in the United States, which was rated among the top 20 in the world. Mr. Thompson safeguarded multi-billion dollar portfolios and protected the assets and interests of millions of New Yorkers during one of the most challenging economic periods in history.
Prior to being elected New York City Comptroller, Mr. Thompson was appointed to the New York City Board of Education where he served five terms as President of the nation’s largest school system with more than 130,000 employees and an annual budget of nearly $12 billion. As President, Mr. Thompson led policy development and implementation for a public school system with 1.1 million public school children. In particular, Mr. Thompson worked closely with CUNY officials to expand the University’s College Now program, which enables public high school students to take college courses. College Now, which enrolled 449 students from a few Brooklyn high schools when it started in fall 1984, currently serves more than 20,000 students and partners with 400 high schools.
In January 2015, Governor Cuomo named Mr. Thompson as Chairman of the New York State Housing Finance Agency and Chairman of the State of New York Mortgage Agency. In 2011, Governor Cuomo selected Mr. Thompson to Chair his M/WBE Task Force. In February 2010, Governor David Paterson named Mr. Thompson to serve as Chairman of the Board of The Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority, a position he held until 2012.
A lifelong New York City resident and a product of its public schools, Mr. Thompson graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Political Science. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Tufts University.
Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Thompson resides in Harlem with his wife and three children.
Executive Director - Judith Bergtraum
JUDITH BERGTRAUM, Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management has been directly involved with the management of CUNY’s multibillion dollar capital program for the past decade. In 2007, Bergtraum moved to higher education capital facilities from a 20-year career in educational administration when she accepted the role of Deputy to the Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management for CUNY. She was promoted to Interim Vice Chancellor for FPCM in 2014 and the role was soon made permanent in 2015. Read More