The QCC Fund, Inc. - Georgiana Reese-Benatti
Community Relations Consultant
Queens County Savings Bank
Division of New York Community Bank
For the past three decades, Georgiana Reese-Benatti has devoted her time both professionally and personally to enhancing Queens communities by supporting arts and cultural initiatives, furthering the development of neighborhoods and sponsoring education and mental health programs. She has received countless accolades for her achievements and dedication to the community, and she continues to be an influential and respected advisor in the community.
For the past thirty-five years, Ms. Benatti has been affiliated with Queens County Savings Bank (a division of New York Community Bank). Currently, she serves as Community Relations Consultant for the Bank. In this capacity, she oversees the company’s social responsibility platform in which she utilizes her community relations expertise to counsel leadership, implement strategic partnerships, strengthen key relationships and develop community goals.
After focusing her studies on Business Administration at St. John’s University in Queens, Ms. Benatti briefly worked at Metropolitan Life before beginning her career at Queens County Savings Bank where she held a variety of positions in departments such as the Mortgage Department, Student Loans Department and Purchasing before retiring in 2004 and becoming a consultant.
Currently, Ms. Benatti serves on the Board of the Directors for Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, Queens Theatre in the Park, Queensborough Community College Fund, Inc., School of Language and Community and New York Community Bank Foundation. She is also a member of many local organizations and leads or supports a variety of projects for non-profit groups including Holy Cross High School, Transitional Services, American Heart Association, Queens Botanical Gardens, Child Center of New York, Great Neck Coral Society, Flushing Willets Point, Corona LDC, The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, The John Browne House, The Voekler Orth Museum and Queens Chamber of Commerce.
Recognition for her outstanding community contributions include: Transitional Services of New York Community Service Award Honoree, Holy Cross High School Hall of Fame Inductee, Queens Child Guidance Community Service Award, Little Neck Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Woman of the Year, New York Families for Autistic Children Excellence in the Community Award, Alliance of Queens Artists Overall Dedication to Art in the Community Award, Samaritan Foundation Inc., Carl Goldstein Samaritan Ambassador Award, Queensborough Council for Social Welfare Inc., Outstanding Service for the People of Queens Award, American Cancer Society Outstanding Achievement in Fundraising, and Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts Woman of the Year Award.
Ms. Benatti continues to be instrumental in championing many causes and giving back to her community. What began as a small part of her responsibilities at Queens County Savings Bank has blossomed into her life’s passion. She’s grateful for the opportunity to continue devoting her energies to the enrichment of Queens – the place she was born and raised and will always be dear to her heart.
Georgiana was elected to the Board of Directors of the QCC Fund, Inc. in 2003 and has previously served as the Secretary.