Meet The Team
Alexandra Silversmith is the Executive Director of the Alliance. Ms. Silversmith's past experience includes working with the New York City Economic
Development Corporation where her projects spanned a variety of neighborhoods including Coney Island, where she helped incorporate and form the Alliance for Coney Island and worked on Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.
& Public Relations Manager
Cindy wears many hats within the organization. She is charged with overseeing our Marketing efforts, promotions and programming within the Amusement District as well as being the Public Relations Manager for the Alliance for Coney Island. With her strong organizational skills, attention to detail, creative imagination and "get the job done" attitude, she has earned a reputation for excellence. A native Brooklynite, her many years spent in Coney Island has given her a deep appreciation for the history, and is passionate about the revitalization of the community.
Outreach & Development Manager
As the Development and Outreach Manager, Melanie Hirsch comes to the Alliance via state government including senior positions with several elected officials and as Director of Mediation Services for the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal. As a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, she is excited to be part of the continuing redevelopment of Coney Island, specifically partnering with residents and community stakeholders in the commercial revitalization of Mermaid Avenue.
Bookkeeping, Communications & Office Assistant
Understanding the value of building equitable communities, Ariel chose to intern at the United Nations, working for the former Zambian Ambassador after graduating from Vassar College, as well as the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation to build upon her passion for community organizing. As a Brooklyn native, Ariel continues to build upon her passion to contribute by working at the Alliance for Coney Island!