Our Team

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
— Andrew Carnegie

Our Team includes development, finance, legal, strategic planning and public relations professionals with a strong track record of completing complex, multi-party initiatives.


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Sandra Acosta

FOUNDER/President
 

Sandra Acosta is currently the principal of AIM Development Group, Corp., a company she founded in 2003 to provide a full range of strategic planning, predevelopment and development services to for profit businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities seeking to conceptualize and implement site specific developments or broader housing, neighborhood and economic development initiatives. Through AIM, Ms. Acosta and her Team assist public and private entities in analyzing real estate opportunities, structuring housing and economic development projects and advising organizations on creating sustainable, community-driven economic development opportunities. 

Ms. Acosta graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, from which she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. She holds a Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the New School for Social Research. She is a member of the American Planning Association (APA) and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She also holds a certificate as an Economic Development Finance Professionals from the National Development Council (NDC). Ms. Acosta is a former Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Fellow and currently a Board Member of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council (CHPC). 

 
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Heather Caudill

Director/Team Leader
 

Heather has project management expertise in the private and nonprofit sectors for over 20 years, and brings significant expertise in data analysis, data-driven decision making, community outreach and leadership to the AIM team. She ensures that all neighborhood, economic and portfolio analyses and market studies reflect the most recent information available and best practices in data collection in order to provide our clients and stakeholders with solid data to inform decision-making. Prior to joining AIM, she spent the first several years of her career as an environmental consultant working with both industry and the local, state, and federal government. As a federal and state contractor, she led large-scale site assessments and brownfield remediation projects. She has also worked with schools and local communities to improve access to quality public education with a focus on helping schools and nonprofit organizations develop and implement data strategies to improve organizational decision-making at all levels. Ms. Caudill served on the founding team of two schools, and has consulted for several non-profit and education capacity building organizations. Her strong commitment to community-driven redevelopment make her an invaluable asset to the AIM team.  

Ms. Caudill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computing-Business from Furman University and a Master’s of Science Degree in Geology from Georgia State University.

 

Danixa Rivera

Director/Team Leader
 

Danixa M. Rivera has over 20 years of progressive experience in project management.  She has provided her expertise in the private sector and brings her knowledge in strategic planning, project budgeting, quality assurance & control and community relations.  She spent the majority of her career in a financial institution working with general contractors, architects and engineers.  Danixa managed capital expenditures and build-outs from design through project cycle of $300 thousand - $2 million budget delivering projects on time and within budget.  She developed strong relationships with community relation leaders to ensure adequate distribution of financial institutions in low to moderate income sectors in the Outer Boroughs of New York.  In addition, Danixa served as a Board Member of Heartshare, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and in 2008 received the Hispanic Corporate Achievement Award from the National Hispanic Business Group (NHBG).

Ms. Rivera has a Master’s Degree in Facilities Management from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Hunter College.