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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 the Loan Programs Office Executive Director at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington D.C. he formerly served as a 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.
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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CATHERINE MCVAY HUGHES Top
Catherine McVay Hughes is the Community Board 1 Chair person and has served as a member of Community Board 1 for more than a decade. She holds an engineering degree from Princeton University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School. Catherine McVay Hughes has provided over 25 years of service in lower Manhattan serving on various boards and committees including the World Trade Center Scientific Technical Advisory Committee, Speaker Silver's School Overcrowding Taskforce,and the WTC Health Program Survivors Steering Committee.
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.)
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.
CARL WEISBROD Top
Carl Weisbrod was appointed as Director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission by Mayor Bill de Blasio in March, 2014. Weisbrod has more than 35 years of experience serving the people of New York. He has left his mark on some of the city’s most dynamic and fastest-growing neighborhoods.
Weisbrod’s service in government extends back to the Lindsay administration, which he joined as a young lawyer at the Department of Relocation. He was appointed by Mayor Koch to spearhead the city’s efforts to transform Times Square, and he also served as the Executive Director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chairman of the New York City Loft Board. As president of New York State’s 42nd Street Development Project, Weisbrod led the effort to revitalize Times Square, transforming it into a global hub for tourism and entertainment.
Under Mayor Dinkins, Weisbrod was the Founding President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he negotiated the United States Tennis Association’s 99-year lease in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park—regarded as one of the most beneficial municipal sports deals in the nation—as well as the transaction that brought Harlem its first major supermarket, the Pathmark on 125th Street.
Mayor Bloomberg appointed him as a Director of the Trust for Governors Island and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, where he helped lead the post-9/11 recovery of downtown neighborhoods. That tenure overlapped with his 10 years as the founding president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, the largest business improvement district in the nation, setting in motion the evolution of the financial district from an area dominated by daytime office workers into a thriving 24-7 neighborhood.
Weisbrod also served as the President of the real estate division of Trinity Church. He is a former Trustee of the Ford Foundation and the Urban Land Institute. He was previously a partner at the firm HR&A from 2011 through February, 2014, where he managed the successful rezoning of the Hudson Square area in Manhattan into a dynamic hub for creative industries and new housing, including up to 700 affordable units.
On his appointment, Weisbrod said, “I love this city. I’ve spent my entire career revitalizing its neighborhoods and making sure New Yorkers were the ones who benefited from good growth in their communities. We have such an enormous opportunity to put people to work in good-paying jobs, build affordable homes, and create stronger, more resilient communities—but that demands an approach that doesn’t let a single tool sit idle. We are committed to striking tough bargains and making farsighted decisions that protect New Yorkers and help us build a stronger city.”
Weisbrod grew up in Parkchester and Fresh Meadows, and he is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University’s School of Law. He currently lives on Roosevelt Island with his wife, Jody Adams, a retired family court judge.