The Washington Street Historical Society’s founding board includes historians of the neighborhood and long-time activists for its preservation. To learn more about the board and the procedures for membership and involvement in the organization, please message Todd Fine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Todd Fine serves as President. A graduate of Harvard, he is a scholar of the Arab-American writer Ameen Rihani and his novel The Book of Khalid.
Elizabeth Saylor is a PhD scholar in Arabic Literature. Performing a postdoc research position at N.C. State, she wrote her dissertation on feminist journalist Afifa Karam.
Bob Madey is a media maker and educator with a background in film-making, anthropology, and cross cultural education. He is the grandson of Little Syria-based journalist and poet Elia Abu Madi.
Hani Bawardi is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. His new book narrates the early history of Arab-American political organizing.
Joe Svehlak is an active New York City historian and tour guide whose Moravian ancestors immigrated in 1912 to the Washington Street neighborhood. He issued a manifesto for its preservation in 2003.
Mary Ann DiNapoli
Mary Ann DiNapoli is a local historian with a special interest in the Arab American community of New York. She is also a genealogist whose clients have included producers and biographers.
Esther Regelson has lived on lower Washington Street for several decades and is a community activist of the Friends of the Lower West Side and other groups.
Treasurer / Collections Director
Carl Antoun serves as Treasurer and Collections Director. His family once lived and worked on Washington Street, and as an undergraduate studying at Saint Francis College, he co-founded a campaign to save the remaining buildings on the street from destruction.