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AVI SCHICK Top
Avi Schick is a lawyer in private practice in New York. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Schick served as President of the Empire State Development Corporation. From 1999 through 2006, Mr. Schick was with the New York State Attorney General's Office, where he served as a Deputy Attorney General. Mr. Schick is a graduate of Columbia Law School.
JOHN C. WHITEHEAD Top
John C. Whitehead was born in Evanston, Illinois. He grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, attended public schools there and graduated from Montclair High School. He lived in nearby Essex Fells until 1985 and has resided in Manhattan since 1989.
Mr. Whitehead graduated from Haverford College in 1943, and served in the U.S. Navy, participating in the invasions of Normandy, Southern France, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. While in the Navy, Mr. Whitehead was assigned as an Instructor at the Harvard Business School. He received his M.B.A. degree, with distinction, from Harvard in 1947 and holds honorary degrees from Haverford, Pace, Rutgers, Amherst, and Harvard.
Mr. Whitehead began his professional career in 1947 at Goldman, Sachs & Co.,
where he worked for 38 years. He rose quickly within the company and was
named Partner in 1956, and Co-Chairman and Senior Partner in 1976. He has
served on the board of numerous companies, and as a Director of the New York
Stock Exchange, and Chairman of the Securities Industry Association.
Since returning to New York from Washington in 1989, he has been active in a number of educational, civic and charitable organizations. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the United Nations Association, the International Rescue Committee, International House, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Harvard Board of Overseers, Haverford College, and the Asia Society (not all at the same time). He is presently Chairman of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and is also now Co Chairman of the Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts, a Director of the Nature Conservancy, the East-West Institute, the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships and a former Director of Rockefeller University, Lincoln Center Theater, the J. Paul Getty Trust, Outward Bound, and the National Humanities Center. In Washington, Mr. Whitehead is Chairman Emeritus of the Brookings Institution and the Trustees Council of the National Gallery of Art.
AMANDA M. BURDEN Top
Amanda M. Burden is the Chair of the City Planning Commission. During her tenure, Burden has overseen an unprecedented number of rezonings to facilitate housing growth, stimulate economic development, create new public open space and preserve neighborhood character. These have included rezoning the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn and West Chelsea in Manhattan to create new opportunities for housing; rezoning the Hudson Yards on the West Side of Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn to create and strengthen central business districts; rezoning low-density neighborhoods to preserve their character; and opening up the waterfront for public use. Prior to her appointment, Burden was a member of the City Planning Commission, Director of Planning at the Center for Court Innovation, Coordinator for Planning and Development at the Midtown Community Court Project, Vice President of Planning and Design at the Battery Park City Authority, and Vice President of Architecture and Design at the NYS Urban Development Corporation.
Peter Davidson is Senior Advisor for Energy and Economic Development at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Prior to this, he was Executive Director of the Empire State Development Corporation. Mr. Davidson was appointed Chairman of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC) in December 2009. Mr. Davidson is a businessman who has founded and managed six media companies in New York; these companies were in the newspaper, radio, television, advertising and market research businesses, many of them centered in the Hispanic business community. From 1989 to 1999, he was owner and publisher of El Diario La Prensa, the leading Spanish-language newspaper in New York. Prior to 1989 he was an executive at Morgan Stanley & Co. Known as a creative business leader, he has piloted complex deals, structured numerous equity and debt-raising transactions, handled labor negotiations and acted as lead negotiator in multiple financings, acquisitions and asset sales. Since 2001, Mr. Davidson has also been Chairman of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, a leading NY based grant-making institution. Under his leadership, grant making has focused on improving the environment of New York City with more parkland, alternative transportation, and waterfront access. Funding also supports immigration policies in the United States and environmental and archeological conservation worldwide. Mr. Davidson is a graduate of Stanford University and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. He is an active member of the Brooklyn community.
Timothy J. Gilchrist is the President of the Moynihan Station Development Corporation (MSDC), a subsidiary of Empire State Development. Governor David A. Paterson nominated Mr. Gilchrist as President of the Moynihan Station Development Corporation and he was appointed by the MSDC board in July of 2010 to lead the redevelopment of the Farley Post Office into Moynihan Station.
The first phase of the project began in the fall of 2010. The future Moynihan Station will expand Penn Station into the historic Farley Post Office Building to create a new, sky-lit train terminal, similar to that of Grand Central. It will alleviate congestion in the busiest train station in the country – Penn Station. More than 600,000 passengers pass through Penn Station on a daily basis.
Prior to joining ESD, he served as Governor Paterson's Senior Advisor for Transportation and Infrastructure and Chair of the New York State Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Cabinet. Prior to serving as Senior Advisor to the Governor, Mr. Gilchrist was Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Infrastructure under Governors Paterson and Spitzer, overseeing the major economic development infrastructure and transportation agencies and authorities in the state.
Mr. Gilchrist previously served in the New York State Department of Transportation for over 25 years in a variety of positions.
Mr. Gilchrist earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Oswego and his M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Mr. Gilchrist and his wife Kathleen live in New York City.
Robert Douglass has served as Chairman of the Alliance for Downtown New York, New York City's largest business improvement district since its inception in 1995. He also serves as Chairman of the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association founded in 1958 under the leadership of David Rockefeller representing the interests of over 90 members of most of the major businesses Downtown. Robert Douglass is Of Counsel to Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. He served as Chairman of the Board of Cedel International from 1994-2004. Previously, Mr. Douglass served as Vice Chairman and Director of The Chase Manhattan Corporation (1985-1993) and as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of The Chase Manhattan Corporation (1976-1985). From 1965 to 1972, he served as Counsel and later Secretary to Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. Mr. Douglass is a member of several business and not-for-profit boards of directors. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and a former Trustee of The New York Public Library, The New York Botanical Garden and Dartmouth College.
ROBERT M. HARDING Top
Robert M. Harding is a Shareholder in the Governmental & Administrative Law department of Greenberg Traurig's New York Office. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Mr. Harding most recently served as the New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Finance, under Mayor Giuliani. As Deputy Mayor, Mr. Harding coordinated the City's economic development policies, oversaw all City labor negotiations and was responsible for housing and finance operations.
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CASWELL F. HOLLOWAY Top
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Cas Holloway Deputy Mayor for Operations on August 4, 2011. As Deputy Mayor, Cas oversees 11 mayoral agencies and offices, including the Departments of Sanitation, Environmental Protection, Citywide Administrative Services, Buildings, and Information Technology and Telecommunications. He also oversees the Mayor’s Office of Operations and Contract Services and is responsible for implementing a large part of the Mayor’s sustainability and environmental agendas through the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, the Office of Environmental Coordination, and the Office of Environmental Remediation. Cas also assists the Mayor in overseeing the Police Department, Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, Office of Management and Budget, and the Office of Labor Relations.
From January 1, 2010 until his appointment as Deputy Mayor, Cas served as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. To implement PlaNYC — the Mayor’s blueprint for a sustainable New York City–Cas appointed DEP’s first Deputy Commissioner for Sustainability and directed the creation of a Green Infrastructure plan to improve water quality in New York Harbor. The plan will continue Mayor Bloomberg’s historic investment in the restoration the City’s waterfront and save New Yorkers more than $2 billion over the next 20 years. Cas created an energy team that is developing the next generation of distributed generation investments in partnership with the private sector and working to ensure that New York City’s energy supply remains reliable, clean and affordable. Cas also reorganized DEP’s capital projects division and initiated Water for the Future, a $2 billion package of investments that will repair leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct and ensure the reliability of the City’s water supply for years to come.
From 2006 until his appointment at DEP, Cas served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler and as Special Advisor to Mayor Bloomberg. He graduated cum laude from Harvard College and with honors from the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, Cas was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, and served as a law clerk to Judge Dennis G. Jacobs, now Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to law school, Cas served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. He lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife, Jessica.
THOMAS S. JOHNSON Top
Thomas S. Johnson served as the Chairman and CEO of GreenPoint Financial Corp. and GreenPoint Bank from 1993 until he retired in 2004. Prior to that he served as President and Director of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. and also Chemical Bank, where he held various positions including President and Director.
Mr. Johnson received an AB in Economics from Trinity College in 1962 and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School in 1964. He then became an instructor at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Between 1966 and 1969 he was Special Assistant to the Comptroller in the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C.
He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Education and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United States-Japan Foundation. He is also a Director of Alleghany Corporation, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. Inc., Freddie Mac, North Fork Bank and The Phoenix Companies, Inc.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Johnson also serves on a number of not-for-profit boards including The Inner City Scholarship Fund, United Way of New York City, World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and WNET Channel 13, New York.
He is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trinity College and of the Union Theological Seminary. Mr. Johnson is also a former member of the Group of Thirty, Consultative Group on International Economic & Monetary Affairs; and of the Boards of the Prudential Life Insurance Company of America, Online Resources Corporation and The Asia Society.
Mr. Johnson and his wife, Ann, have three children, Tom, Scott, and Margaret (Scott was killed in the WTC attack 9/11/01.)
KATE D. LEVIN Top
Kate D. Levin is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). In this role, she directs cultural policy for New York City, supporting and strengthening the City’s cultural life through public funding for nonprofit cultural organizations throughout the five boroughs.
Prior to her appointment, she was an Assistant Professor of English and Theater at the City College of New York/CUNY and Associate Director of the Simon H. Rifkind Center for Humanities and the Arts at CCNY.
She has served as Director of Corporate Relations and Director of Special Projects at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and has worked as a consultant for several cultural organizations, including BAM, the Jim Henson Foundation, and Socrates Sculpture Park. Commissioner Levin was executive assistant to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, and Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, during the Koch administration.
KEVIN M. RAMPE Top
Kevin M. Rampe is the General Counsel for ACE North America of the ACE Group of Companies. The ACE Group is composed of leading insurance and reinsurance companies that serve a variety of clients around the world, from large multinational corporations to smaller clients in local markets. In this role, Mr. Rampe is responsible for all legal matters for North America insurance operations. Mr. Rampe is also a Founding Director and serves on the Executive Committee of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation.
WILLIAM C. RUDIN Top
William C. Rudin serves as Chairman of the Association for a Better New York, a coalition of business, labor and political leaders created to help improve the quality of life for businesses, tourists and residents of New York. Rudin is also President of Rudin Management, managing a portfolio of 16 office buildings and 22 apartment buildings. Additionally, Rudin serves as Chairman of the Board for the Battery Conservancy, member of the Boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York University, Vice Chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York, and an Executive Committee Member of the New York Hall of Science.
ROBERT K. STEEL Top
Robert K. Steel is Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. He is responsible for the Bloomberg Administration's five-borough economic development strategy and job-creation efforts, as well as its efforts to expand job training, strengthen small business assistance, promote new industries, diversify the economy, and achieve the goals of the New Housing Marketplace Plan, which is designed to build or preserve enough affordable housing for 500,000 New Yorkers by 2014. He spearheads the Administration's major redevelopment projects, including those in Lower Manhattan, Flushing, Hunters Point South, Coney Island, Stapleton, the South Bronx, and Hudson Yards. Deputy Mayor Steel oversees such agencies as the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Department of City Planning, Department of Small Business Services, NYC Economic Development Corporation and NYC & Company, and he serves as Chair of Brooklyn Bridge Park board.
Prior to his 2010 appointment as Deputy Mayor, Steel was the President and CEO of Wachovia. From 2006 to 2008, Steel was the Under Secretary for Domestic Finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to entering government service, Steel spent nearly 30 years at Goldman Sachs, ultimately rising to become co-head of the U.S. Equities Division and Vice Chairman of the firm. He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, and has distinguished himself as Chairman of Duke's Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Aspen Institute's Board of Trustees, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, Chairman of The After-School Corporation, and Co-Founder of SeaChange Capital Partners, an organization dedicated to helping nonprofits grow.
CARL WEISBROD Top
Carl Weisbrod is a Partner at HR&A Advisors, Inc., an economic consulting firm providing innovative solutions to the complex challenges of economic growth, real estate development, and sustainability in urban environments. Mr. Weisbrod also serves as a Clinical Professor and Academic Chair of the newly created Concentration in Global Real Estate at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. In this role, he is responsible for the development of the program’s curriculum, identifying appropriate faculty, as well as teaching graduate students both here and abroad.
Prior to joining HR&A, Mr. Weisbrod served as President of the Real Estate Division for Trinity Church and Executive Vice President of Trinity Church-St. Paul’s Chapel. While there he managed and developed Trinity’s real estate holdings in Manhattan, which total approximately six million square feet across 28 sites. Mr. Weisbrod oversaw the management of existing properties, conversion of older industrial properties to new uses, as well as the construction of new buildings. He also led Trinity’s efforts to rezone a 19 block area in the Hudson Square district of Manhattan.
Mr. Weisbrod is an attorney and has had a distinguished career leading several public initiatives focused on revitalizing and developing New York City neighborhoods. Beginning in the 1970’s, he led the successful City and State efforts to revive the Times Square area, and from 1990 to 1994 was the founding president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Past positions also include Executive Director of the New York City Planning Commission and founding President of New 42nd Street, a subsidiary of the New York State Urban Development Corporation. Mr. Weisbrod was the founding President of the Alliance for Downtown New York, a business improvement district established in 1995 charged with revitalizing lower Manhattan. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Alliance became a major conduit for rebuilding funds and relief efforts. In 2002, Crain’s New York Business named him one of the “100 Most Influential Leaders in Business.”
Mr. Weisbrod is currently the chairman of the New York State Health Foundation, a non-profit entity which funds innovative healthcare programs throughout New York State. He is a Director of three major government authorities: Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (as an appointee of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg), the Trust for Governors Island (as an appointee of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg), and the Convention Center Development Corporation (as an appointee of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver). He is a trustee of the Urban Land Institute, and a former trustee of the Ford Foundation.
JOHN ZUCCOTTI Top
John Zuccotti is Chairman of Brookfield Financial Properties (formerly World Financial Properties) and Senior Counsel in the Real Estate Department of the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Olympia & York Companies (U.S.A.) since January 1990. Prior to joining Olympia & York, Zuccotti was a Partner in the law firm of Brown & Wood from 1986 to 1990. Mr. Zuccotti served as a First Deputy Mayor of New York City from 1975 to 1977.