Lower East Side Community Hero
Nominated by Debra Jeffreys-Glass
K Webster is a longtime resident and community organizer of the Bowery and the LES.
She advocated for the return of Rivington House to community use, joining with Community Voices for Health Systems Accountability’s statewide effort to protect NYS Healthcare consumers and nursing home residents.
She has worked extensively on women’s and girl’s rights: successfully fighting to be admitted as the first woman to Plumbers local 2 Manhattan, as a program manager and instructor for Non-Traditional Employment for Women (and the former AllCraft Center on St. Marks) and served in the role of organizer for No Limits for Women at the UN’s NGO Commission on the Status of Women/NY, including as a delegate for the UN 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing.
She worked for the Fortune Society as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director and later with Playing to Win, a Harlem based Youth Program. She has led workshops and training including for the HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Project and as a blogger for the proposed Park51 Islamic Center in NYC. She was a Discussant at the UN meeting on the Global Movement Against Racism on UN 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban and was a periodic panelist and delegate of the UN NGO International Federation of Settlements and United to End Racism. She was formerly a Co-Chair of the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden.
She trains peer counselors, is a community board 3 member and is a writer on eliminating white racism, ending elder abuse, art, housing, girl’s and women’s empowerment, class disparities, and more.
She is the current President of the LES and Chinatown’s four decade old Sara Roosevelt Park Community Coalition which joins in coalition with other LES/Chinatown organizations, residents, volunteers and elected officials, on behalf of the park and the public: including the almost four decade old fight to return the Stanton Building to community (full return now promised in 2026).
She is a proud member of the “PlayFair for Parks” advisory group and was honored to join the full board of AAFE to focus on community development initiatives in the areas of affordable housing, open space planning, civic engagement, organizing, and policy advocacy.