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Board of Directors & Message

Message from the Chair

Diana L. Taylor
Hudson River Park Trust Board of Directors

Hudson River Park is an indispensable and cherished resource for millions of New Yorkers. It’s hard to overstate the Park's impact on the city’s waterfront and on the quality of life of the park’s neighbors. Once a dilapidated remnant of New York’s industrial past, the Hudson River waterfront is now a blue and green playground for the whole city to enjoy.

While Hudson River Park today symbolizes more than a decade of hard work and progress, we’re not done yet. The Hudson River Park Trust is hard at work designing and building new park sections in Tribeca, the Meatpacking District, northern Chelsea and Midtown that will complete the full vision of a transformed waterfront spanning the Park’s entire five-mile length.

In the past, the State and City were able to dedicate significant construction funds to create the park – nearly $350 million to date.  The federal government also participated, contributing close to $80 million for the Hudson River Park’s Tribeca section.  But in a time of budget constraints, we are looking to a new generation of park advocates and supporters to step forward to support the open space, sports facilities and gardens they love.

In 2011, the Trust formalized a partnership with Friends of Hudson River Park that will, for the first time, seek private financial support to accelerate completion of new Park areas and to help the Trust care for the playgrounds, dog runs, gardens, courts and other amenities that park visitors enjoy every day.  Together, we will be working to get the message out that the Trust does not receive any public funding to care for park maintenance or operations.  We need you to get involved. 

Please take the time to learn more about what’s happening in Hudson River Park and how you can help.  Become part of the story of how Hudson River Park came to be.  Become part of history.

Diana L. Taylor, Chair

Board of Directors

Pursuant to the Hudson River Park Act, the Board of Directors of the Hudson River Park Trust consists of 13 Directors. Five are appointed by the Governor; five are appointed by the Mayor; and three by the Manhattan Borough President. Eight members are required for a quorum and Board approvals.

Committees

Governance Committee

  • Diana Taylor
  • Lawrence Goldberg, Esq.
  • Joseph B. Rose
  • Henry Stern

Hudson River Park Trust Goverance Committee Charter

Audit Committee

  • Diana Taylor
  • Jeffrey Kaplan
  • Michael Kuh
  • Franz Leichter
  • Paul Ullman

Hudson River Park Trust Audit Committee Charter

Design Committee

  • Diana Taylor
  • Pamela Frederick
  • Rose Harvey
  • Joseph Martens
  • Joseph B. Rose
  • Veronica White

Sanctuary Committee

  • Diana Taylor
  • Joseph Martens
  • Pamela Frederick
  • Rose Harvey
  • Veronica White

Strategic Planning and Partnership Committee

  • Diana Taylor
  • Veronica White
  • Rose Harvey
  • Joseph Martens
  • Pamela Frederick
  • Paul Ullman
  • Michael Kuh

Hudson River Park holds Board meetings approximately 6 times per year, or once every-other month. Such meetings are open to the public and publicly noticed.

Diana L. Taylor, Chair

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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Rose Harvey

Commissioner, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Citing her “experience and knowledge as well as her expertise creating countless cost-effective parks, playgrounds and open spaces in underserved communities,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo nominated Rose Harvey to serve as Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in January 2012.

For 27 years, Ms. Harvey held multiple leadership positions with The Trust for Public Land, beginning as a community organizer and rising to Senior Vice President and Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region and finally as National Director of Urban Programs. Serving as Regional Director for 17 years, she led a 50 person staff in an eight-state region that, each year, purchased about $75 million of conservation lands and, annually designed and developed 10 to 12 new urban parks with and for underserved communities. Under her leadership, TPL’s Mid- Atlantic Region – with community partners – designed and developed over 300 city parks, gardens and playgrounds, and purchased over a billion dollars of conservation lands to help create or enhance another 500 State, regional, rural and metropolitan parks like Woodlawn State Park, Green Lakes State Park, and Sterling Forest State Park in New York State.

Ms. Harvey most recently served as a senior fellow at the Jonathan Rose Companies, and a McCluskey Fellow and Lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

She serves on the Board of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Yale Leadership Advisory Council. In addition to multiple state and national awards for her environmental stewardship and advocacy for open space and parks, Ms. Harvey has written articles and op/eds in numerous national media outlets and industry trade journals.

Rose holds a B.A. from Colorado College and an M.E.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES). Her hobbies include family excursions (to State Parks), basketball, tennis, and hiking.

Commissioner Harvey serves as an ex-officio member of the Trust Board appointed by the NYS Governor.

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Michael J. Kuh

Counsel in the New York office of Latham & Watkins

Michael Kuh is counsel in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. He specializes in sports law related matters as well as both public and private company mergers and acquisitions,
including representation of special committees, principals, private equity and leveraged buyout funds and financial advisors.
 
Mr. Kuh was lead outside counsel in the creation of the National Women’s Soccer League, a new Division I women’s professional soccer league, featuring players from Canada, Mexico and the United States. Mr. Kuh represented the United States bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ and previously was counsel to NYC2012, New York City's bid committee for the 2012 Olympic Games. Mr. Kuh routinely represents a range of leading private equity firms as well as their portfolio companies and also represents investment banks in financial advisory and other work. Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Kuh worked in New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's administration, focusing primarily on economic development work, but also on emergency management, privatization, labor union issues and city planning. Mr. Kuh also directed national field operations and outreach on behalf of the Children's Scholarship Fund, a US$200 million charity founded by Theodore J. Forstmann and John Walton. 
 
From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Kuh was a member of the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College. He is currently vice president of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council for the Collegiate School, a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, a member of the Pro Bono Advisory Council of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and serves on the Public Policy Committee of the YMCA of Greater New York.

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Joseph Martens

Commissioner, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Since 1998, Mr. Martens has served as President of the Open Space Institute, directing and overseeing land acquisition, sustainable development, historic preservation and farmland protection. Previously, Mr. Martens served as Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and the Environment from 1992-94 and before that Assistant Secretary from 1990-92. He is the Chair of the Olympic Regional Development Authority and also Chair of the Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation.

Mr. Martens studied Resource Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and received an M.S. in Resource Management from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University.

Commissioner Martens serves as an ex-officio member of the Trust Board appointed by the NYS Governor.

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Paul A. Ullman

Paul A. Ullman is a member of the Highland Financial Holdings Group’s Board of Directors and serves as Chairman of the investment committee. He oversees all portfolio management duties firmwide and is Senior Portfolio Manager on the firm’s flagship fund.

Prior to founding HFH Group, Mr. Ullman was co-founder of the MBS specialty investment management group at Alliance Capital Management where, as senior portfolio manager, he was responsible for the management of an investment business that grew during his tenure from $500 million in a single fund to $5 billion in multiple on-shore and off-shore investment vehicles and separate accounts. His management responsibilities included day-to-day decision making regarding sector and security selection, hedging and duration, credit and prepayment estimates used for the various Mortgage Assets in the portfolios, as well as the most cost-effective methodology to deploy leverage.

Prior to Alliance, Mr. Ullman was a director and portfolio manager at Hyperion Capital Management where he had substantially similar duties to those at Alliance. Mr. Ullman helped create the short duration investment product that became one of the more successful investment products over the succeeding years.

Mr. Ullman began his career at Salomon Brothers in 1982, where he had sales and trading responsibilities in New York and London. Mr. Ullman established Salomon’s mortgage trading capacity in London in 1987 and was a member of the team that brought the first series of securities backed by Sterling mortgages to the marketplace. Mr. Ullman received a BS/BA degree from Washington University.

Mr. Ullman was named to the Trust Board by the NYS Governor in December 2007.

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Veronica M. White

Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Veronica M. White is Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, which is the steward of more than 29,000 acres of land including 1,700 parks, 14 miles of beaches, 500 community gardens, and 2,500 Greenstreets. Parks also manages the City’s athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, public pools, nature centers, golf courses, monuments, and historic house museums. Since 2002, Parks has committed more than $3.9 billion in capital enhancements and has $1.5 billion in the budget for future projects. Parks’ annual operating budget is $337 million, and there are approximately 3,500 full-time employees and approximately 2,500 seasonal and transitional employees.  The Department of Parks & Recreation plays a key role in the PlaNYC and MillionTreesNYC initiatives, Mayor Bloomberg’s signature projects to green the city and develop a more sustainable future. Parks provides free public programs and services in coordination with New York City’s local elected officials, community members, and non-profit partners.

Commissioner White has worked on behalf of New York City as a public official under the administration of Mayors Edward I. Koch, Rudolph Giuliani and Michael R. Bloomberg. She has also served in the private and non-profit sectors as a consultant specializing in strategic business planning and management for non-profits, real estate development and environmental issues, and public-private partnerships. She has served in various executive positions, including as Chief Operating Officer of the New York City Partnership and President and CEO of the New York City Housing Partnership. She also worked as Deputy Commissioner of Planning, Policy, and Intergovernmental Affairs at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and practiced law at the firms of Brown & Wood and Sidley & Austin. Commissioner White served for eight years on the New York Advisory Council of The Trust for Public Land and for seven years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Taconic Foundation.

A lifelong New Yorker, Commissioner White grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and now lives in Manhattan with her husband, Victor Marrero and two sons, Andrew and Robert. A graduate of Niagara University, she received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Juris Doctorate from the Harvard Law School.

Commissioner White serves as an ex-officio member of the Trust Board appointed by the NYC Mayor.

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Joseph B. Rose

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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Henry J. Stern

A native New Yorker, Henry J. Stern has served in various capacities in New York City government. In 1973, and again in 1977, he was elected to the City Council as a member-at-large from Manhattan, a position he held for nine years before being appointed commissioner of parks and recreation by Mayor Koch on February 14, 1983. He served seven years in the Koch administration, until the end of the mayor’s term, during which he founded the Natural Resources Group, an environmental watchdog for New York City. In 1994, he was re-appointed parks commissioner by Mayor Giuliani and served in that position until 2002.

As commissioner, Mr. Stern was credited with improving the cleanliness and safety of New York City’s 1,700 parks and playgrounds. Most notably, Central Park was largely restored, in partnership with the Central Park Conservancy. He also acquired several thousand acres of new parkland for the city, created over 2,000 "Greenstreets" at traffic intersections, erected 2,500 historic signs,and built over a billion dollars worth of park improvements as part of the capital construction program of Mayor Koch and Mayor Giuliani.

Mr. Stern has received numerous honors in recognition of his environmental protection efforts, including the National Audubon Society Lifetime Achievement Award and the City Club Earthling Award for Environmental Excellence. In February 2002, in an effort to improve the quality of life for New York City residents, Mr. Stern, along with Alan M. Moss, former first deputy parks commissioner, co-founded New York Civic.

Mr. Stern first served on the Board as an ex-officio member appointed by the NYC Mayor.  He was reappointed in his individual capacity by the NYC Mayor in April 2003.

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Jeffrey Kaplan

Jeffrey Kaplan is Founder, Managing Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Meadow Partners and is primarily responsible for the daily management, strategic direction and investment policies of the Company. Prior to forming Meadow Partners, Mr. Kaplan was a Managing Principal and Co-Chairman of the Investment Committee of Westbrook Partners. As such, he was responsible for overseeing the
day-to-day operations of the company and its institutional real estate investment funds, including the identification, evaluation, structuring and execution of investments and the formulation of policies and strategies for the ongoing asset management and disposition of investments. At the time of his departure, Westbrook Partners was the sponsor and general partner of seven real estate private equity funds with equity capital of over $7 billion and investments with an aggregate purchase price in excess of $35 billion.

Mr. Kaplan initially joined Westbrook's New York office upon its inception in April 1994, where he served as a Managing Principal responsible for Westbrook's acquisitions efforts in the United States and Europe until February 1999. Subsequently, Mr. Kaplan founded and managed Western European Partners, L.L.C., a joint venture with Westbrook Real Estate Fund III, L.P. which acquired over $200 million of real estate assets in France and the United Kingdom. Mr. Kaplan was President of Cohen & Steers Capital Partners, L.L.C. from September 1999 through January 2001. Mr. Kaplan rejoined Westbrook Partners as a Managing Principal in January 2001 to establish its London office and head Westbrook's European operations. In November 2002, he founded Westbrook's Paris office.

Prior to joining Westbrook, Mr. Kaplan spent seven years at Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, where he helped form The Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund, L.P. and served as its initial Director of Acquisitions. Prior to that, he worked on a variety of capital markets and investment banking transactions in Morgan Stanley's Real Estate Department and its Mergers & Acquisitions Department. Mr. Kaplan received a B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987.

Mr. Kaplan was named to the Trust Board by the NYC Mayor in April 2010.

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Lawrence B. Goldberg, Esq.

Lawrence B. Goldberg is in the general practice of law in New York City. He is admitted in the New York State courts, in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. His practice specialties include business law, real estate, environmental and regulatory law, and land use. In addition, he has served as a court appointed mediator, receiver and guardian.

In the litigation aspect of his practice, Mr. Goldberg has represented clients in civil RICO and CERCLA actions, environmental and land use cases, and in contracts and business claims.

Mr. Goldberg has represented his Greenwich Village community in a variety of matters including the preservation Washington Square Park and Poe House issues. He is President of Friends of LaGuardia Place (which preserves and maintains a statute of LaGuardia and a Park) and he has assisted in having the Bob Bolles sculptures returned to Triangle Park in SOHO. He also is a member of Community Board 2 in Manhattan, where he has served on the Institutions, Zoning and Waterfront Committees. Formerly he was a member of and prior chairperson of the Advisory Council to the Hudson River Park Trust, and was active in both the Pier 40 and Pier 57 issues. Mr. Goldberg has also served as counsel to District One of B’nai B’rth. He is a member of the Association of the Bar where he has served on various committees and he has participated for many years as a moot court judge of New York Law School in its Wagner Competition.

Mr. Goldberg’s professional experience includes being an Examining Attorney with the NYC Department of Investigation, the Law Secretary of Justice Samuel J. Silverman of the New York State Supreme Court, and the Director of Distribution for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

He is a graduate of St. Johns Law School and holds an undergraduate degree from the State University at Buffalo. He resides in Greenwich Village and has his law office in Manhattan.

Mr. Goldberg was named to the Trust Board by the Manhattan Borough President in March 2006.

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Franz S. Leichter, Esq.

Franz S. Leichter graduated from Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA in 1952, served two years in the Army and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1957.

Leichter, since August 2000, is serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Housing Finance Board pursuant to an appointment by President Clinton.

In 1968 Leichter was first elected to the New York State Legislature as a member of the Assembly. He was elected to the Senate in 1974. His Senatorial District encompassed portions of Chelsea, Clinton, West Side, Northern Manhattan and the Northwest Bronx. He retired from the New York State Senate December 31, 1998.

Leichter investigated the practices of banks of delaying for many days the crediting of depositors’ accounts when a check is deposited. The investigation concluded that the crediting delays were unjustifiable. Hearings Leichter held led to legislation and ultimately to the nation’s first law limiting how long banks can delay clearing checks.

Mr. Leichter was named to the Trust Board by the Manhattan Borough President in 1999.

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Pamela Frederick

Pamela Frederick is an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a former managing editor of The Riverdale Press in the Bronx.

Ms. Frederick served as chair of Community Board 4 in Chelsea and Clinton, and also as chair of the board’s Youth Committee and Waterfront & Parks Committee. She is also a former vice chair of the Hudson River Park Trust Advisory Committee as well as the working group for Pier 57. She is currently the president of the Friends of Washington Market Park in Tribeca.

Ms. Frederick is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Middlebury College. She lives in Tribeca.

Ms. Frederick was named to the Trust Board by the Manhattan Borough President in December 2008.

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