NEW YORK, April 17, 2023 - Trinity Church Wall Street announced today that Beatriz de la Torre, currently Managing Director of Housing & Homelessness, has been named Chief Philanthropy Officer, effective May 1. In this role, Ms. de la Torre will lead Trinity’s Philanthropies team and mission grant-making function, which includes its efforts to address housing and homelessness, racial justice, mission real estate development, and leadership development.
“With her demonstrated leadership of Trinity’s work to address housing insecurity, as well as her deep experience in philanthropy and grant-making in New York City nonprofits and government, Bea is well situated to lead our Philanthropies team,” said the Rev. Phillip A. Jackson, Rector of Trinity Church Wall Street. “As our city sees unprecedented need following the pandemic, Trinity’s work with grantees and other partners is more critical than ever.”
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead Trinity’s well-respected Philanthropies team, and to expand my work with organizations around New York City and the world as we seek to walk alongside those in need,” Ms. de la Torre said.
Ms. de la Torre joined Trinity in 2019 as Managing Director of Housing & Homelessness. In that role, she was responsible for grants, Program Related Investments, and Mission Investing designed to address housing insecurity. She also led several strategic impact investing initiatives to increase the supply of low-income affordable housing, including the refinancing of St. Margaret’s House– a 249-unit subsidized apartment building that serves seniors and mobility-impaired adults– and the development of an underutilized parcel in Lower Manhattan.
Before joining Trinity, Ms. de la Torre managed the housing and homelessness portfolio at Robin Hood. She also focused on the creation and preservation of affordable housing through such projects as The Eliza in Inwood, which co-locates low-income housing over a redesigned public library. Before that, Ms. de la Torre worked in New York City government for eight years, including in various positions at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the Department of Small Business Services.
Ms. de la Torre serves on the boards of the CUNY School for Professional Studies Foundation, The Clemente Soto Velez Art Center on the Lower East Side, and Grupo Guayacan. She also participates on advisory boards including Enterprise NY Policy Advisory Group and the Local Supports Community Corporation Advisory Board.
Ms. de la Torre has a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A native Spanish speaker from Puerto Rico, Ms. de la Torre resides in Pelham, NY, with her husband and their three children.
About Trinity Church Wall Street:
Trinity Church Wall Street is a vibrant and growing Episcopal parish of more than 1,600 members. Over the past 325 years, the fabric of Trinity has been woven by the Spirit from the lives and gifts of diverse people; their desire to live their faith through worship, service, study, and stewardship; and the ever-evolving life of New York City itself. The parish is guided by its mission to share God’s love for all people. Trinity’s programs seek to offer shared encounters with the holy, to cultivate compassion, to deepen our knowledge and spiritual practices, to work for justice rooted in essential human dignity, to provide places of solace and healing, and to inspire a desire in all people to be conscientious contributors to the life of New York City and the world. More than 20 worship services are offered every week online at trinitywallstreet.org and at historic Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, the cornerstones of the parish’s community life, worship, and mission.