Director of Capacity Building
Layman Lee is the Project Director of Neighborhood Safety Initiative (NSI) at the Center for Court Innovation, a lead implementation partner in the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP). Prior to this position, she was the Neighborhood Development & Placemaking Manager at Brownsville Partnership/Community Solutions working to improve the built environment and neighborhood health through the lens of art and design with residents, community-based organizations, city agencies, and creative experts. She also served as the Creative Director at ORE Design working on projects such as transformations of vacant lots in Brooklyn into small business incubators and community space with shipping containers, an emergency jacket to aid the homeless and a modular lighting system using clear PVC. She gained hands-on experience with large art installations at Fung Collaboratives where she helped construct the massive snow and ice sculptures designed by artist and artists teams including Tatsuo Miyajima and Tadao Ando, and Anish Kapoor and Future Systems. She has traveled to New Mexico to help realize the SITE Sante Fe Biennial: Lucky Number Seven, and to Atlantic City as Project Director for ARTLANTIC, a project aimed at transforming the vacant lots through public art with artists including Kiki Smith and the landscape design firm Balmori Associates. During this time she worked at the environmental nonprofit GrowNYC, supporting the creation and maintenance of community gardens, and other local environmental sustainability projects and campaigns. In her free time, Layman is a multidisciplinary artist and designer working in the belief that every project should be equitable, innovative, and foster positive social and environmental change.