David A. Kaplan, Esq.*
Legal & Consulting Services
*a member of the New York State Bar since 1986 and an expert with over 20 years of experience in the for-profit & nonprofit fields.

Career Milestones

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NY Times covers CMA Opening & "Make Art (In) Public" Exhibition

Crain's covers CMA Capital Campaign and Strategic Plan

Dave Kaplan quoted on "true empowerment" in NY Times piece on museums and social services

Dave Kaplan featured in NY Times "Sunday Routine"

Chuck Scarborough from Channel 4 interviews Dave Kaplan about CMA Opening

DETAILED CAREER TIMELINE (click here for complete resume)
May 1983: Graduated Vassar College, cum laude, with distinction honors on senior thesis
May 1984-October 1986
: Worked at clerk and associate at Fischer & Burstein, P.C., with a focus on real estate, litigation, estates and corporate law
October 1986
: Passed NY State Bar Exam
December 1986
: Admitted to NY State Bar
January 1986
: Admitted to practice in Federal Court, Southern District of NY
April 1987: Joined Matthew Bender & Co. as senior legal writer to work on Products Liability Practice Guide
February 1988
: Started sole practice: David A. Kaplan, Esq.
June 1988: Obtained $150,000 settlement for client
August 1988: Trial verdict for tenant in illegal eviction proceeding, including treble damage award under new statute
September 1989: Of counsel in major automobile accident case -- multi-million dollar settlement after trial
February 1990: Part of team at Matthew Bender & Co. that converted complete hardcopy reference library to CD Rom
June 1990: Part of team at Matthew Bender & Co. that provided one of the first legal analyses of the groundbreaking Americans with Disabilities Act
March-September 1992: Represented major real estate developer in several international business ventures
December 1992-January 1997: Provided pro bono representation of clients in criminal cases and divorce/custody proceedings
January 1993: Raised over $350,000 in multi-year contracts to help establish several free drop-in counseling/referral programs for at-risk teens and disenfranchised families 
June 1994: Created West 4th Street Summer Youth Basketball Tournament (still in operation)
June 1994: Raised $75,000 a year for 10 years to start Family Support & Respite Program for at-risk families on the Lower East Side
October 1994: Helped start Greenwich Village Girls Basketball League at PS 41 (still in operation)
October 1994: Secured major three-year grant from federal Administration for Children & Families for runaway prevention services ($150,000 per year)
February 1997: Established free arts, sports and counseling program at St. Patrick's Youth Center
March 1997: Established CHAMPS, a free program at PS 130 providing delinquency diversion activities for at-risk teens, including Chinese teens whose families spoke little or no English
February 1999: Organized fundraiser featuring Jungle Brothers, Joan Jett, & Cibo Matto  Click Here for MTV Press Release
April 2000: Secured multi-year contract with NYC Department of Youth & Community Development to run city-wide outreach and transport-to-shelter program for at-risk teens ($350,000 per year)
September 2001-November 2004: Provided Project Liberty counseling program in several sites of opportunity in Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the 9-11 tragedy
May 2004:  Greenwich Vill. Youth Council honored as Humanitarian of the Year at Chamber of Commerce Gala  Click Here
May 2005: Hired as Deputy Director at BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) to run 10 afterschool educational sites in at-risk communities in Manhattan and the Bronx
Summer 2005, 2006: Ran BELL's nationally-recognized summer educational support and mentoring program for over 300 BELL Scholars each summer
October 2006: Hired by YMCA of Greater New York as Executive Director of Chinatown YMCA and its Houston Street Center, a 42,000 sq ft facility with a six lane pool and state-of-the-art fitness center; helped complete capital campaign and construction/build out
January 2007: As first non-Asian Executive Director of Chinatown YMCA, held high level meetings with community leaders regarding issues facing Chinatown community  Click Here for coverage of CCBA meet and greet
January 2007: Helped launch YMCA's New American Welcome Center serving at-risk Chinese American and Latino immigrants from Lower Manhattan and providing free ESOL and legal clinics
June 2007: Chinatown YMCA attains $6,000,000 budget and provides over $300,000 in financial assistance to families in need from Lower Manhattan   Click Here for YMCA of Greater NY Press Release & Here for additional coverage of NAWC
November 2007: Chinatown YMCA Gala at Capitale on Bowery -- 400 guests and nets over $100,000 to support free programs in Chinatown and LES
May 2008: Organized fundraising event at NY Stock Exchange to benefit YMCA partnership with Millennium High School (attending honorees included Senator Martin Connor, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Andrew Whitehead, & Councilman Alan Gerson) 
October 2008: Yao Ming celebrates birthday and recent signing with Nets at Chinatown YMCA  Click Here
April 2009: Established free youth basketball instructional league for families on the Lower East Side   Click Here for Story
May 2009
Chinatown YMCA establishes Two Bridges Community Center in NYCHA facility  Click Here for "LOWDOWN"
May 2009: Helped organize the First Annual Asian American Golf Outing at Manhattan Woods Country Club with Ong Family Foundation, Asian American Federation, and the Coalition for Asian Children & Families 
September-December 2009: Chinatown YMCA wins major NYC ACS contract during re-organization of ACS Preventive Services Program
May 2010: Hired as Executive Director of Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA)
May 2010-April 2012: Helped lead capital-campaign team that raised over $5.7 million for 10,000 sq ft space in far West Village/SoHo
January 2011:
 NY Times covers ART WITHIN REACH exhibition Click Here
May 2011: Organized MAKE ROOM FOR ART fundraiser at Webster Hall hosted by Adrock of the Beastie Boys  Click Here and  Here
October 2011: New CMA opens on Charlton Street after $5 million design, construction and build out process.
October 2011
: MAKE ART (IN) PUBLIC exhibition at CMA features SWOON, Keith Haring, Moondog and other renown artists
October 2011: New CMA featured New York Times and on NY1
February-June 2012: Misaki Kawai's LOVE FROM Mt. POM POM exhibition opens to critical acclaim  Click Here & Here
February 2012: AT&T partners with CMA to bring family programming to DUMBO Arts Festival in Fall 2012
March 2012: CMA begins planning for Fall 2012 show featuring works from the innovative NYC artist RAMMELZEE
June 2012: CMA serves over 100,000 people in first year of new operation, including over 25,000 free of charge  Crain's II
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