Beckelman+Capalino ("B+C"), a strategic advisory firm, was founded in 2005 in response to strong demand from arts, cultural, educational, and historic preservation clients to provide high quality strategic planning and project management services. The firm's founders, Laurie Beckelman and Jim Capalino, created a team of professionals with strengths in multiple disciplines in order to provide a breadth of services to its cultural and not-for-profit clients.
Serving cultural and educational institutions, Beckelman+Capalino is a New York-based company with extensive experience in advising not-for-profit organizations. Through its Principals’ past experiences and current assignments B+C has developed established professional relationships with colleagues throughout the construction, finance and design fields, as well as many other industries. Based on these relationships B+C is positioned to provide its Clients with access to the widest range of talent available including in the fields of architecture and space planning, real estate, technology, exhibition design, visual programming, marketing and merchandising, staffing, and educational development. In addition, the Principals are able to work on a Client's organizational requirements, from Board restructuring and development to fundraising and overall strategic planning.
Prior to founding B+C Laurie Beckelman was Chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and served two Mayors. James Capalino served as Commissioner of the Department of General Services and was responsible for many major projects throughout the City. Mark Thompson was a senior staff member at several City agencies and worked for more than twenty years in national and international real estate development and management consulting. Mimi Taft provides a high level of organizational and writing services with a strong background in arts and cultural development. B+C works closely with its affiliated firm, Capalino+Company, to provide Clients with additional services.
For its New York City based projects, the Principals work with all of the various agencies that may be involved with assignments, such as the departments of Cultural Affairs, Buildings, and City Planning, the Economic Development Corporation, the Empire State Development Corporation, community boards, the City Council, and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.
While the Partners had initially envisioned the firm as New York City focused organization, it has been called upon to assist clients in many other areas, including other states, Eastern Europe, and Central America.