Santander’s Scott E. Powell, Housing Industry Leaders Raise $1.7 Million for Critical Services



Annual event provides meaningful support to
College Access, South Bronx programs.

June 2019 (New York, NY) – Guests of Phipps Houses and Phipps Neighborhoods raised over $1.7 million at the Phipps Community Builder Awards Dinner held on May 29th, 2019. This year’s annual fundraising gala honored Scott E. Powell, Chief Executive Officer of Santander US and Santander Consumer USA, and Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP for their leadership and commitment to community building in low-income neighborhoods. All proceeds from the event benefit Phipps Neighborhoods’ programs which provide quality education, career readiness training and connections to critical resources to communities in the South Bronx.

The 2019 Community Builder Awards were presented to Scott E. Powell and the law firm of Hirschen Singer and Epstein LLP.  Mr. Powell’s award underscores his leadership of Santander US, his bank’s commitment to greater involvement in low-income communities, and for his continued guidance as a member of Phipps Houses Board of Trustees. Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP’s recognition as a Phipps Community Builder stems from the firm’s commitment for over 50 years as a mission-driven real estate law firm, including substantial work with Phipps Houses.

“I’m delighted to be honored and to be recognized personally and on behalf of Santander,” said Scott E. Powell. “When you look at the track record of Phipps, it’s really very impressive.

Phipps Houses affordable housing is one part of the puzzle to combat poverty, but providing Phipps Neighborhoods’ programs and services really allows people the opportunity to succeed.”

“Hirschen Singer & Epstein is proud to be a part of Phipps’ creation of affordable housing and the New York City skyline. The breadth and scope of projects that our teams have completed over the past 50 years are a testament to our successful partnership,” said Oliver Chase and Russ Kivler, Partners at Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP.

“We are thrilled to recognize our friends Scott Powell and Hirschen Singer & Epstein for their contributions to affordable housing and communities we serve,” said Phipps Houses President and CEO Adam Weinstein. “Both are leaders in their respective fields and have given back generously to help individuals and community rise out of poverty and thrive.”

“Scott Powell and Santander have continued to provide meaningful support to our College Access and youth programming,” said Dianne Morales, Executive Director and CEO of Phipps Neighborhoods. “Creating exposure to, and demystifying, the college access and application process is critical to creating meaningful change in the lives of our young people.”


Phipps Houses is the nation’s oldest and largest not-for-profit developer and long-term operator of affordable housing in New York City. It builds and maintains high-quality developments throughout New York City, with a concentration on neighborhoods that have not seen their fair share of investment and opportunity. Phipps Houses and its affiliates currently oversee over 8,500 affordable apartments with another 6,400 units in our construction and development pipeline.


Phipps Neighborhoods is a nonprofit that works toward a New York City in which no one is caught in the cycle of poverty. We provide 12,000 children, youth, and families in low-income neighborhoods the opportunities they need to thrive through comprehensive education and career programs, and access to community services.

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