Dr. Kuhen has been engaged with Sustainable Long Island since its founding during the 1990’s, when he participated in the group of Long Island’s leading activists and practitioners in the realms of economic development, environmental health and social equity that formulated Sustainable Long Island’s mission, goals and strategies. Throughout that process, Dr. Kuhen shared his in-depth, hands-on experience in community-based economic development, affordable housing development and rehabilitation, community organizing, and provision of essential services.
Dr. Kuhen received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology from Stony Brook University, and his BA from the University of Virginia. While in Virginia, he mentored youth and worked as a rehabilitation volunteer in lower income communities. He has been a “Long Islander” since 1978. Dr. Kuhen was previously the Senior Vice President of Community Development Corporation of Long Island, where his responsibilities included oversight of housing development and rehabilitation programs, acquisition and redevelopment of foreclosed properties, and emergency repair, mold remediation and housing rehabilitation services after Superstorm Sandy. Dr. Kuhen has been an active member and served on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including Chair Emeritus of Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, Chair of the Steering Committee of the NeighborWorks® Alliance of New York State, President, Long Island Community Development Organization, and Chair of the Long Island Coalition for Affordable Rental Housing.
Dr. Kuhen received his Certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council, and completed the Achieving Excellence in Community Development Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He is an avid wildlife photographer, gardener, and collector of vinyl records. He lives in South Setauket, with his wife Georgia Mavromatis Kuhen, and three children.