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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors represents a broad range of professional, community, and personal interests. Each member embraces our goal of helping to create a world-class park for everyone, lends particular expertise and experience to governing Friends of Hudson River Park, and agrees not only to provide time and financial assistance, but also to advocate for our mission and broaden our sphere of influence and support.

Board of Directors

Michael E. Novogratz, Chair
President and Director
Fortress Investment Group LLC

Scott M. Lawin, Vice Chair
Chief Operating Officer
Moore Capital Management, LP

Justin Sadrian, Vice Chair
Partner and Managing Director
Warburg Pincus

Samuel F. Martini, Treasurer
Partner
Omega Advisors

Susanna Aaron, Secretary 
Citizen Advocate

Cathy Blaney
Bloomberg Philanthropies

Anthony Borelli
Vice President for Planning & Real Estate
Edison Properties

Peter Braus
Executive Vice President, Principal
Lee & Associates, NYC

David Chang
Chef and Founder
Momofuku

Capt. John Doswell*, emeritus
Executive Director
Working Harbor Committee

Connie Fishman
Senior Vice President Real Estate
YMCA of Greater NY

Stacey Goergen
Independent Curator and Writer

Noam Gottesman
TomsCapital LLC
Managing Director

Suni Harford
Managing Director
Citi

Mark Hass
President & CEO
Edelman U.S.

Gaurav Kapadia
Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner
Soroban Capital Partners

Paula Madoff
Partner
Goldman Sachs

Trevor B. Price
Chief Executive Officer
Oxeon Partners

Joseph B. Rose
Rose Urban Strategies  

Peter A. Seccia
Managing Director & Partner
Goldman Sachs

Marla S. Smith
Principal
Berkenkamp Realty Group, LLC

Martha Stewart
Founder
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Diana L. Taylor
Managing Director, Wolfensohn & Co.
Chair, Hudson River Park Trust Board of Directors

Román Viñoly
Entrepreneur, Filmmaker and Creative Director

Madelyn Wils, ex officio
President & CEO
Hudson River Park Trust

*Founding Director

 

Biographies

Michael E. Novogratz, Chair

President and Director
Fortress Investment Group LLC

Michael E. Novogratz is a principal and a member of the board of directors of Fortress Investment Group LLC and Co-Chief Investment Officer of the Fortress Macro Fund and the Drawbridge Global Macro Fund. Mr. Novogratz joined Fortress in 2002 after spending 11 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was elected partner in 1998. Mr. Novogratz serves as a member of the New York Federal Reserve’s Investment Advisory Committee on Financial Markets. Mr. Novogratz founded and serves as the Chairman of the Board for Beat the Streets, a non-profit organization which builds wrestling programs in New York City public schools and is also the Honorary Chairman of USA Wrestling Foundation. Mr. Novogratz is Chairman of The Friends of the Hudson River Park. He also serves on the board of the Acumen Fund, NYU Langone Medical Center, Princeton Varsity Club and The Jazz Foundation of America. Mr. Novogratz received an AB from Princeton University in Economics, and served as a helicopter pilot in the US Army.

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Scott M. Lawin, Vice Chair

Chief Operating Officer
Moore Capital Management, LP

Mr. Lawin is Chief Operating Officer of Moore Capital Management, a global alternative investment management company with approximately $13bn in assets under management. Moore was founded in 1989 by Louis Bacon, and manages global macro, multi-manager and emerging market hedge funds. Moore is headquartered in New York and has affiliates with offices in Hong Kong, London and Washington, DC.

Mr. Lawin oversees the portfolio management, risk management, and trading functions within Moore and helps to manage the 400 person staff globally. He is a member of the Senior Management Team, Capital Allocation Committee, Execution Committee, Risk Policy Committee, and Valuation Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Moore Capital funds.

Prior to joining Moore in 2010, Mr. Lawin was Chief Operating Officer of the Liquid Markets business at Fortress Investment Group. He also spent 11 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., serving as Global Head of the Credit Liability Management business, head of Global Strategy and Chief of Staff of the Fixed Income, Currency & Commodity Division, founding member and Chief Operating Officer of GS Ventures, and Head of the Energy & Power Capital Markets group.

Mr. Lawin earned his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993. He and his family reside in Tribeca in New York City.

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Justin Sadrian, Vice Chair

Partner and Managing Director
Warburg Pincus

Justin Sadrian is a Partner and Managing Director of Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm in New York City, where he specializes in the technology sector. Prior to Warburg, Justin worked in JP Morgan’s Investment Banking Division and Private Equity Group. He is on the Board of Directors of The Cobalt Group, OnTargetJobs, Centrum.cz, Multiview, Service Repair Solutions, and CAMP Systems International.

He is on the advisory board of Incarnation School in Washington Height and is a sponsor for Student Sponsor Partners. He was formerly a junior committee member for the Hudson Guild, a Chelsea settlement house. He was also a student sponsor for the "I Have a Dream Foundation."

Sadrian received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A from the Harvard University School of Business.

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Samuel F. Martini, Treasurer

Partner
Omega Advisors

Sam works at Omega Advisors as Partner and Co-Director of Research with specific focus on the Consumer, Energy, Financial, High Yield debt and Structured Products arenas.

Sam is also a co-founder of Success Academy Bed-Stuy 1, a public charter school opened in 2011 in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY.  The school seeks to offer an exceptional public educational experience to the children of New York City, free of charge to the attending students and families.  Sam received his B.A. from Middlebury College where he focused on Political Science and Classical Literature and is a designated Chartered Financial Analyst.

Sam lives in New York City with his wife and three beautiful children.

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Susanna Aaron, Secretary

Citizen Advocate

Susanna is a married mother of two young boys and has lived in Greenwich Village her entire life. Until about eight years ago she worked as a producer at NBC Nightly News. During her varied television career she earned two Emmys for work at ABC News and at NBC Sports.

A member of Community Board 2, Susanna has served on the board of Village Community School for over ten years She recently served as a volunteer research associate for the Center for an Urban Future, and has also done volunteer work with Wildcat Service Corporation, Donors Choose, and on Covenant House’s “9-Line” doing crisis intervention.

She graduated with Honors from Wesleyan University in 1981. She is married to Gary Ginsberg, Executive Vice President of Time Warner Inc.

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Cathy Blaney

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Cathy Blaney joined Bloomberg Philanthropies to head up their fundraising and partnership development in mid 2012. Additionally, Cathy serves as Executive Vice President of Development for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center.

Cathy is also the Founder of CBlaney Group (formerly Cathy Blaney & Associates), a nationally recognized fundraising firm in the political and not-for-profit world.  She has been involved in both Republican and Democratic campaigns, including New York Governors Andrew Cuomo and George Pataki.  She received her law degree from St. John’s University and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Fordham University.

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Anthony Borelli

Vice President for Planning & Real Estate
Edison Properties

Anthony Borelli is Edison Properties’ Vice President for Planning and Real Estate. Among his responsibilities, Anthony leads efforts to prepare high visibility sites in Manhattan for development and to create a master plan for 15 acres in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Anthony also has a key role in external affairs, engaging public officials, industry representatives and community members to advance zoning proposals, land use and transportation public policies, and other strategic projects.

Previously, Anthony served as Director of Land Use, Planning and Development for the Manhattan Borough President’s office. Under Mr. Borelli’s direction, the Borough President’s Planning Office developed positions on development proposals as part of the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, prepared land use policy reports and proposals for the growth and development of Manhattan, and provided technical assistance to community boards, among other planning activities. Mr. Borelli is the former District Manager of Manhattan Community Board 4, which represents the west side of Midtown. As District Manager, he advised the 50-member volunteer board on community needs, zoning and land use matters, municipal service delivery and the City budget.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Borelli served as Senior Project Manager at the Urban Technical Assistance Project, an urban planning and design extension program of Columbia University. During this time, he also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Mr. Borelli holds degrees from Syracuse University (B.A. in Policy Studies, 1992), and Columbia University (M.S. in Urban Planning, 1996). Formerly of Chelsea, Anthony has lived in the Hudson River Park Neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen for the past nine years, and is also an avid Park user.

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Peter Braus

Executive Vice President, Principal
Lee & Associates, NYC

Peter Braus has been involved in the ownership and brokerage of real estate for over a decade. Currently, he is the Executive Vice President of Sierra Realty Corp., where his clients include M&T Bank (Manhattan retail locations), Reprise Media, Union Square Hospitality Group and The Suarez Restaurant Group. Prior to Sierra, he worked for New Spectrum Realty Services and Newmark & Co. Real Estate. He has also represented such landlords as the Battery Park City Authority, Gotham, Goldman, Sachs & Company, C&K Properties and the ownership of Brown Harris Stevens.

Peter serves on the Boards of REBNY Retail Committee (Membership Chair); the Alliance for Downtown New York; the International Council of Shopping Centers; and The National Realty Club. He is a member of Community Board One and is Chair of its Planning and Community Development Committee. He is also on the World Trade Center Redevelopment, Tribeca, and Youth and Education Committees and was a member of the Pier 40 Working Group of the Advisory Council of the Hudson River Park Trust.

Peter received a B.B.A from Emory University and an M.B.A from the Columbia University School of Business.

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David Chang

Chef and Founder
Momofuku

David Chang is the chef and founder of Momofuku, which includes restaurants in New York City, Sydney, and Toronto as well as a best-selling cookbook and print journal called Lucky Peach.

Momofuku originated in New York City, now home to Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Momofuku Ko, Momofuku Milk Bar, Momofuku Má Pêche, and Booker and Dax at Ssäm. David opened Momofuku Seiōbo, his first restaurant outside of New York City, at The Star in Sydney in October 2011. In 2012, David opened Momofuku Toronto, located in a three-story glass cube in the heart of downtown Toronto. The building is home to five concepts: Noodle Bar Toronto, Nikai, Milk Bar Toronto, Daishō and Shōtō.   

Since opening Noodle Bar in 2004, David has been awarded Time 100 and Fortune’s “40 Under 40” and profiled in the New Yorker and Vogue. He was named a GQ “Man of the Year,” and called one of “the most influential people of the 21st century” by Esquire. He’s taken home four James Beard Foundation Awards and was named one of Observer Food Monthly's "Chefs of the Decade" with a profile by Bill Buford.

Momofuku Ko has two Michelin stars, which it has retained for five years. Momofuku Ko, Momofuku Ssäm Bar and Momofuku Seiōbo are all featured on the S. Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants list. Momofuku Seiōbo also has three hats from The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide (2013 and 2014 editions) and was the first restaurant to receive this honor in its opening year. Gourmet Traveller selected Momofuku Seiōbo as Restaurant of the Year for 2014 in addition to the #1 restaurant on the Top 100 2014 Restaurant Guide.

David's first cookbook, Momofuku, a New York Times best seller, came out in the fall of 2009. His quarterly print journal with Peter Meehan, Chris Ying and McSweeney’s called Lucky Peach launched in the summer of 2011. Lucky Peach Issue 2 & Issue 3 are both New York Times best sellers. In the fall of 2012, David was the first chef to be featured on the PBS television show The Mind of a Chef.

David and Momofuku are also collaborating with Dave Arnold to create new equipment for use in the food sciences. The company will be called Booker and Dax, which is also the name of Momofuku’s bar project with Arnold.

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Capt. John Doswell, emeritus

Executive Director
Working Harbor Committee

Capt. John Doswell was a pioneer in corporate multimedia presentations since the mid 1960’s when he developed many of the techniques that defined the industry. Since 1971, he has been the co-owner and President of Doswell Productions / PhotoShips, a full service production and software development company for corporate communications and business theater events. He is a writer, designer and computer systems designer/programmer.

Capt. Doswell is a member of Manhattan Community Board No. 4, as well as co-chair of the Waterfront & Parks Committee. In 1997/8, he worked for the passage of the Hudson River Park Act, which led to the formation of the Hudson River Park Trust, and was the founding chair of Friends of Hudson River Park. He serves on the boards of New York Windstar, North River Historic Ship Society, and Save Our Ships New York. He was also active in the quest to prevent Governor’s Island from being sold to a private developer and to reclaim it as public land. He is the author of a maritime glossary and Water Uses in Hudson River Park, a maritime survey of the Park and, for four years, was the designer and publisher of Hudson River Park VIEWS.

Capt. Doswell was the designer of a concept plan for Pier 84, and a contributing designer for Pier 76, elements of which have been adopted into the design for Hudson River Park. A United States Navy veteran, he holds a USCG Master’s License for the operation of vessels up to 100 tons under sail or power. He is part owner and occasional pilot of the retired historic fireboat John J. Harvey.

Capt. Doswell is currently the Executive Director of the Working Harbor Committee, which educates people about the history and importance of our working harbor via narrated Hidden Harbor Tours® and other events. He is also active as a professional maritime event producer and consultant for waterfront development. In 2006 he became the producer of the annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Festival, previously hosted by the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum each year on the Sunday before Labor Day, and is the port captain for the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s annual City of Water Day as well as safety officer for the annual Liberty Cup Hawai’ian outrigger canoe race, and other on-water events.

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Connie Fishman

Senior Vice President Real Estate
YMCA of Greater NY

Connie Fishman is the Senior Vice President for Real Estate at the YMCA of Greater New York and the immediate past president of the Hudson River Park Trust, having held that position since 2004 until February of 2011. From 1999 through 2003, Ms. Fishman served as Executive Vice President for the Trust, and during her eleven year tenure was responsible for guiding the building and development of the Park from its master planning to its current 80% completion state. She was a proactive leader in forging the new relationship between Friends and the Trust for private-sector fundraising, and was honored at the 2011 Friends annual Gala with our Public Service Award.

Prior to her work at the Trust, she was the Planning and Development Director for two New York City Deputy Mayors and the Deputy Director for Housing, Economic and Infrastructure Planning at the NYC Department of City Planning. Ms. Fishman received her M.A. (1984) from the University of California at Berkeley and her B.A. (1979) from UCLA. Connie has lived in Brooklyn since moving to New York in the mid-1980s.

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Stacey Goergen

Independent Curator and Writer

Stacey is an independent curator and writer based in New York City.   She is Co-Director of SmartSpaces, a non-profit organization that installs contemporary art in vacant urban spaces. Stacey has published in the Wall Street Journal, Gotham, Hamptons Magazine, Art Basel Miami Beach Magazine and Whitney Museum catalogues.  She has also produced art related content for Plum TV.  She was previously the Curatorial Director of The Station, a non-profit independent group show in 2008. Prior to this, she worked in the curatorial department at the Whitney Museum of Art. Before moving into the art world, Stacey worked in media and entertainment finance. She was a Vice President at Allen & Company and a Director at Emerging Market Partnership.

Stacey is on the Board of Directors of The Drawing Center and The Princeton University Art Museum. She is on the Producer’s Council at The New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Stacey received a A.B. cum laude from Princeton University, an M.B.A from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and an M.A. from the Christies Education Program.  She lives in Soho with her husband and three children.

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Noam Gottesman

Manging Partner
TomsCapital LLC

Noam Gottesman is the Managing Partner of TomsCapital LLC, a family office focusing on investments in various industries, including real estate, hospitality, retail, technology, energy, and financial services. Prior to TomsCapital, Noam co-founded GLG Partners, an alternative asset management firm. During his tenure as Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, GLG grew to manage ~$30 billion and became the first publicly traded alternative asset manager on the New York Stock Exchange. Noam and his partners sold GLG to the Man Group in October 2010. Prior to GLG, Noam was an Executive Director of Goldman Sachs International, where he managed global equity portfolios in the private client group. He is a trustee of the Tate Gallery Foundation, Columbia University and a member of The International Council of the Museum of Modern Art and is also involved with a number of other charitable organizations.

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Suni Harford

Managing Director
Citi

Suni Harford is a Managing Director and Citigroup’s Head of Markets for North America.  In this capacity, Suni oversees the North American sales, trading, and origination businesses of Citi's securities and banking franchise.  In addition to her current responsibilities, Suni is a member of Citi’s Pension Plan Investment Committee, and a Director on the Board of Citibank Canada.  Suni is also the co head of Citigroup’s global women’s initiative, Citi Women.

Ms. Harford is a member of the Board of Directors of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation.   Suni also serves on several non-profit Boards including the Forte Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of women leaders in business, the Taproot Foundation, an organization engaged in skills-based volunteerism and pro-bono philanthropy, and the Friends of Hudson River Park.  Suni is passionate about awareness and support for our veteran community, and in addition to serving on the US Chamber of Commerce Veteran’s Employment Advisory Council, Suni is seconded to Citi’s ex-Chairman Dick Parsons and his work with First Lady Michele Obama’s Joining Forces initiative.  She represents Citi as a founding member of Veterans on Wall Street, and having helped formalize Citi’s very successful Veterans Initiative, CitiSalutes, in 2009, Ms. Harford remains the senior business sponsor for the initiative. 

Ms. Harford joined Salomon Brothers in January 1993, after five years with Merrill Lynch & Co. She joined Merrill upon graduation from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.  Prior to business school, Ms. Harford was an actuary at Insurance Services Office, Inc. 

Suni received her Bachelor of Science degree from Denison University, where she majored in physics and math. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children: Devon (16), Jenna (13) and Liam (10).

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Mark Hass

President and CEO
Edelman U.S.

Mark Hass is CEO of Edelman U.S. and a member of the firm’s global executive committee. Prior to assuming his current role in May 2012, Mark was President of Edelman China. Mark previously was the global CEO of MS&L Worldwide, and founder and CEO of the digital PR firm Hass Associates in Michigan.
 
Prior to entering the PR industry, Mark worked as a reporter and editor at several major U.S. newspapers, including The Miami Herald and The Detroit News. He is a trustee of the Institute for Public Relations; a member of the Arthur Page Society; a board member of the U.S. Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications; and sits on several NY-based nonprofit boards. Mark is a Brooklyn, NY, native and graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Gaurav Kapadia

Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner
Soroban Capital Partners

Gaurav Kapadia is the Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner of Soroban Capital Partners, an investment firm based in New York. Prior to forming Soroban Capital, Gaurav was a Partner at TPG-Axon Capital, a multi-billion dollar global investment firm.  Gaurav started his career at the Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant. He graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a BSC in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Management.  Gaurav serves on the Board of Uncommon Schools and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Gaurav lives in Tribeca with his wife and son.

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Paula Madoff

Partner
Goldman Sachs

Paula Madoff is a Partner at Goldman, Sachs and Co., where she is Head of Interest Rate Products Sales and Mortgage Sales for North America. She is a member of the Securities Division Operating Committee, Firmwide New Activity Committee, Securities Division Counterparty Risk Committee, GS Bank USA Client and Business Standards Committee, an advisor to the Securities Division Women's Steering Committee, and is co-chair of the firm’s US Retirement Investment Committee.

Before joining Goldman, she worked in Corporate and Real Estate Finance at Bankers Trust and in Mergers and Acquisitions at Wasserstein Perella & Co. Paula received a BA in Economics from Lafayette College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Paula serves on the Board of Trustees of Grace Church School in New York City and the Advisory Board of the NYU Child Study Center. She has lived in Greenwich Village for over 15 years. Her children participate in sports programs at Pier 40, and her family enjoys biking and running in Hudson River Park.

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Trevor B. Price

Chief Executive Officer
Oxeon Partners

Trevor is Chief Executive Officer of Oxeon Partners, an investment and retained executive search firm that invests in and then helps build management teams for leading growth stage healthcare technology and service companies driving underlying transformation in the U.S. Healthcare system.  Additionally, Trevor is the Managing General Partner of Oxeon Investments LLC. The Fund currently has a portfolio of over 70 investments in emerging and growth stage healthcare information technology and service companies, a subset of which are companies where Oxeon Partners conducts executive search work.

Trevor also currently sits on the Board of Directors and/or Advisory Boards of UHG (United Health Group) Ventures, AVIA Innovation Venture Fund, Linkwell Health, CarePlanners and Questus. He is an advisor to StartUp Health, BluePrint Health and HealthBox.

Trevor is a serial entrepreneur and prior to Oxeon Partners,  started and built multiple venture and private equity backed companies in the technology and technology-enabled services space. His companies have been acquired by Continuus Software (NASD: CNSW), PiperJaffrey (NYSE: PJC) and SaveTree, LLC.

Trevor is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.  His “second home” is Hudson River Park where he coaches soccer and little league, bikes with his kids, plays tennis, basketball, reads, runs and as an avid gardener, admires the landscaping.  Trevor, his wife Megan, their kids and dogs live in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City.

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Joseph B. Rose

Partner
The Georgetown Company

Joseph B. Rose has been a leader in development efforts in both the public and private sectors.

Mr. Rose is a partner in The Georgetown Company, a privately held real estate development firm which has developed or overseen in excess of 15,000,000 square feet of office, residential, and recreational properties throughout the country, including the award-winning planned communities of Easton and New Albany in Columbus, Ohio. Among Mr. Rose’s current projects is a partnership with InterActiveCorp and Frank Gehry to develop InterActiveCorp’s striking new waterfront headquarters in Manhattan’s west Chelsea neighborhood.

Prior to joining Georgetown, Mr. Rose served for eight years as Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning in the administration of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. As the official with primary responsibility for the physical redevelopment of New York City, Mr. Rose initiated a broad range of strategic initiatives including extensive rezonings throughout the city which spurred a tripling of the city’s annual housing production. Other major initiatives of his tenure included New York’s first regulations controlling the proliferation of Adult Uses and a comprehensive program for the protection and preservation of the Broadway Theaters. Mr. Rose was the principal public official responsible for the redevelopment of Columbus Circle, including the construction of the Time Warner Center, the establishment of the performance complex for Jazz at Lincoln Center and the reconfiguration and redesign of the circle itself. Among the other major projects in which Mr. Rose had a principal role are the establishment of the new Hudson River Park, the construction of the new Museum of Modern Art, the planning and construction of minor league baseball stadiums in Coney Island and Staten Island, the rescuing and rehabilitation of the Biltmore theater, and the creation of a permanent home for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company.

Before his tenure at City Planning, Mr. Rose was Executive Director of the Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council and Special Assistant for Urban Affairs to United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. He also served as Chairman of the Community Board for Midtown Manhattan during which time he established the Midtown Children’s project for homeless families and was an active participant in the plans for the redevelopment of Times Square, the preservation the Broadway Theaters, and the retention of large scale lights and signage in the area.

Mr. Rose has held teaching positions at the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and the Robert Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and has lectured at the Harvard School of Design, the Yale University School of Architecture, Princeton University, NYU Law School, and the Urban Land Institute. His publications include articles in The Public Interest, The New York Times, The New Republic, The City Journal, and The Journal of the American Planning Association.

Mr. Rose was named to the Trust Board by the NYC Mayor in 1999.

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Peter A. Seccia

Managing Director & Partner
Goldman Sachs

Peter is responsible for running the North American Derivative Sales business for the Equities Division. He started his career in the J. Aron Division in 1989 as an analyst in Foreign Exchange Derivative trading in New York and moved to Tokyo in 1992. He relocated to London to assume a senior role in FX options trading in 1995. In 2000, Peter joined the Equities Division to run Swiss Equity volatility trading. In 2002, he assumed responsibility for the flow derivatives and futures businesses, and then more broadly for Hedge Fund Sales in 2006. Peter was named managing director in 2003 and partner in 2008.

Peter serves on the Board of Governors at Xavier High School in New York City, and is on the board of Play Rugby USA, a national nonprofit organization that pioneers the development of youth through rugby. Additionally, he serves on the board of the United States Rugby Union, the national governing board of Rugby in the US.

Peter earned a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Jack and Rose.

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Marla S. Smith

Principal
Berkenkamp Realty Group, LLC

Marla S. Smith has spent her 30 year career as an investment banking professional, private equity investor, real estate developer and dedicated Board Member of select organizations.

Until December, 2012, Ms. Smith directed investments and finance activities at The Fidelco Group, a privately owned investment group with both real estate and corporate assets. Ms. Smith commenced working at Fidelco in 1988. Prior to her retirement from Fidelco upon the sale of certain portfolio assets, Ms. Smith had overall responsibility for the Chief Financial and Administrative Officers of all operating companies, and for all of Fidelco’s and its affiliates’ relationships with financial institutions and outside professionals.  She had responsibility for the development of business plans and comprehensive growth strategies, legal matters, environmental issues, human-resources and all matters related to financing, both taxable and tax exempt. With the Fidelco Group’s large urban real estate redevelopment transactions, Smith led on all matters regarding financings and took a prominent role in negotiating transactions.  She is currently working with Berkenkamp Realty Group, LLC, a New Jersey-based real estate developer, in a similar capacity on a part time basis to assist with the redevelopment of an historic, three-building complex in Harrison, New Jersey. The complex was originally constructed at the turn of the century by Thomas Edison for the production of light bulbs and is now being redeveloped into 300 loft-style luxury apartments.

Ms. Smith has received numerous business and industry recognitions, including NJBIZ magazine’s “Top 50 Women in Business,” Real Estate New Jersey’s “50 Women of Influence” and the Executive Women of New Jersey’s “Salute to Policy Makers.”

Ms. Smith is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of Goods for Good, Inc., President of the Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark, Assistant Treasurer of the Board of the Branch Brook Park Alliance, Vice Chair of the Newark Police Foundation, and, among other prior philanthropic and civic roles, was a former Commissioner of the New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone Authority.  She began her professional career in 1982 as an investment banker in the Corporate Finance Department of Paine Webber Inc.  She received her Master’s degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and her Bachelor’s degree from New York University. 

Ms. Smith lived in Short Hills, NJ for the past 20 years with her husband and two children.  Upon her retirement from Fidelco, the family recently made its much anticipated move back to New York City.

 

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Martha Stewart

Founder
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur and bestselling author, is America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living - cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. Her namesake company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which she founded in 1996, reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media platforms each month with an expansive portfolio that includes award-winning magazines, bestselling books, innovative websites and apps, television and video programming, and a live daily radio show. The Company also has a growing retail presence with 8,500 products in thousands of retail locations, including J.C. Penney, The Home Depot, Macy's, Staples (together with Avery), PetSmart, Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores.

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Diana L. Taylor

Managing Director
Wolfensohn & Co.

Chair
Hudson River Park Trust Board of Directors

Diana Taylor joined Wolfensohn & Co., an investment banking firm, as a Managing Director in April, 2007. She has more than 20 years of experience serving in both the public and private sectors. She started her career as an investment banker, working for Smith Barney, then Lehman Brothers, then Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. She then held various positions in the State government, including Chief Financial Officer of the Long Island Power Authority, and Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Housing and Finance. From 2003 to 2007 she held the position of Superintendent of Banks for the State of New York, a post to which she was nominated by Governor George Pataki and confirmed by the State Senate.

Ms. Taylor serves on the Board of Directors of Sotheby’s and Brookfield Properties. In addition, she serves on several not for profit boards, including Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, the New York Women’s Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and ACCION International, and she chairs a commission for the Federal Depository Insurance Corporation concentrating on financially underserved communities. Ms. Taylor is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Taylor was named to the Trust Board by the NYS Governor in 1999.  She has served as Chair since August 2007.

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Román Viñoly 

Entrepreneur, Filmmaker and Creative Director

Román Viñoly is an entrepreneur, filmmaker and creative director.

He started his working life as an independent cinematographer and documentarian and in 2003 founded Firebrand; a TV, web and mobile programming company backed by Microsoft, GE Capital, NBC Universal and Allen & Company. Broadcast nightly to 97 million households in the US, Firebrand was an entertainment and marketing hybrid that programmed the best TV commercials the way MTV used to program music videos. Despite a growing audience and unprecedented response rates on its e-commerce platform, the start-up was prematurely shuttered during the financial crisis in 2008.

Over the years, Román has filled various management and creative roles in his family's international architecture practice in NYC, where he continues to serve as Director. In 2011, he founded Hive House, a company with a mission to provide innovative building solutions that make a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged communities around the world. The prefabricated construction system that the company has developed is capable of delivering a variety of inexpensive, customizable, high-performance, and easy-to-construct building types from emergency shelters and temporary worker housing to durable homes, clinics, schools and community centers.

Román is an alumnus of Haverford College and holds an MFA from the Graduate Film program of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid.

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Madelyn Wils, ex-officio

President and CEO
Hudson River Park Trust

Madelyn Wils began her tenure as the Trust’s President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2011. She previously served as the Executive Vice President of the Planning, Development and Maritime Division of the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC), where her portfolio included over 100 complex projects such as the redevelopment of Willlets Point, Coney Island, East River Esplanade and Hunters Point South. Prior to joining EDC, she served as the President of the Tribeca Film Institute, managing the expansion of the organization from a 10-day festival into a diverse institution offering year-round cultural programming. From 2001 to 2005, she served as Chair of Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan, where she played an integral role in the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan following the events of September 11, 2001. She was a founding member of both the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the Hudson River Park Trust.

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