Board of Directors Candidate – Penny Lee

PENNY LEE

My husband, Jim Brown, our 14-year-old daughter, Piper Brown, and I made Seabrook our home in August 2017. We’ve owned a home on Seabrook for the past 10 years that we visited as often as we could, and my husband and I have been vacationing on Seabrook since the 1980s. We’re avid tennis players and Jim and Piper also enjoy golf. We also enjoy family bike rides, the beach, and the equestrian center—our favorite part of the island. Somehow we also manage to find time to take Piper to Porter Gaud, where she’s a ninth grader. Piper’s on her school tennis team and jazz band, where she plays French horn, and she is a proud co-founder of her school’s Chinese Club. While we enjoyed living in New York, we deeply appreciate Seabrook’s natural environment and strong sense of community and we’re thrilled to finally be living here.

I recently retired from the New York City Department of City Planning, where I was the planner for Long Island City, Queens for 29 years. I worked closely with the local community and elected officials to initiate and direct public infrastructure projects, including the construction of a one-acre public park and wetland from land formerly used for public parking, as well as zoning changes that facilitated over 13,000 apartments and 3.5 million square feet of office space (but I don’t think we need that kind of density on Seabrook!).

I was fortunate to be able to combine my professional planning skills and love of Seabrook by serving on the Sense of Place Committee beginning in 2012, and then joining the Planning Committee after the Sense of Place project ended. In addition to collaborating closely with committee members and consultants on the Sense of Place final report, I’m proud to have worked with committee members and SIPOA leadership to establish a Style Guide for Seabrook’s streetscape elements including signs and screens. This effort resulted in the recent updating of all of the island’s street signs.

My familiarity with Seabrook’s governance and my planning skills will serve the island on issues such as resiliency and mobility that will continue to play a significant role in the island’s future. I’m also interested in working with the growing number of families with children who are making their home on Seabrook. As Piper would say, I will be as devoted to taking care of Seabrook as I am to taking care of her.

-Submitted by Nominating Committee

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