Board of Directors & Message
Upcoming Board Dates
May 31, 2018 at 4:00pm
Location: Spector Hall, 22- Reade Street
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 Hudson River Park Friends 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.
- Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor
- Bill de Blasio, Mayor
- Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
- Diana Taylor (Chair)
- Alicia Glen
- Jeffrey Kaplan
- Michael Kuh
- Tom Pegues
- Jon Halpern
Finance and Investment Committee
- Diana Taylor
- Alicia Glen
- Jeffrey Kaplan (Chair)
- Michael Kuh
- Tom Pegues
- Jon Halpern
- Carl Weisbrod
- Diana Taylor
- Pamela Frederick
- Rose Harvey
- Basil Seggos
- Mitchell J. Silver
- Diana Taylor
- Basil Seggos
- Pamela Frederick
- Rose Harvey
- Mitchell J. Silver
Strategic Planning and Partnership Committee
- Diana Taylor
- Alicia Glen
- Rose Harvey
- Mitchell Silver
- Pamela Frederick
- Tom L. Pegues
- 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 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.
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.
Counsel in the New York office of Latham & Watkins
Acting Commissioner, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Basil Seggos is the Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Previously, Basil served as both Deputy Secretary for the Environment and Assistant Secretary for the Environment to Governor Cuomo, advising the Governor on environmental policy and overseeing the operations of the state's environmental agencies, including the DEC, the Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation, the Environmental Facilities Corporation, and the Adirondack Park Agency.
Prior to working in the Governor's office, Basil served as Vice President of Business Development at the clean-tech private equity company Hugo Neu Corporation, Chief Investigator and Attorney at Riverkeeper, Associate at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and as a legal clerk at the White House.
Basil graduated from Pace Law School in 2001, where he received the environmental law award and alumni achievement award, and from Trinity College in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts. Basil is a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Corps.
Mr. Tommie Pegues, founder of Metropolis Risk Management LLC & Goodscout, has worked successfully for 17+ years with significant Fortune 500 accounts, gathering extensive experience in global corporate risk management, brokerage, claims, and underwriting.
During his formidable work experience, Tom has been associated with many reputable and prominent businesses, such as Marsh USA, Inc., Loews Corporation, Reliance National, J.M. Huber Corporation and Dun & Bradstreet where he also serves as leader, Risk Management and Insurance. His professional accomplishments have won him much prestigious recognition throughout the years. He was also one of the youngest risk managers to lead the insurance and risk management department of a fortune 500 company.
Tom was awarded the ARM Designation in December of 2002, and then, in October 2006, he was awarded the Risk Management Fellow Designation (RF), which is the highest designation in the risk management field. Tom was also published in the September 2006 edition of Risk Management Magazine as part of a panel of leading risk management professionals who were assembled to discuss the subject of Workers' Compensation fraud. Also, during his time with Marsh USA, which is globally recognized as a leading brokerage firm, Tom served as the Lead Broker on the largest fortune 100 accounts in the New York Casualty Risk Management Department. Tom has also managed the Insurance/Risk Management on some of the largest construction projects in New York City.
Tom earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the School of Management and European Studies, Franklin University, Lugano, Switzerland, May of 1994, with an emphasis in Strategic Management.
His work has taken him to the farthest reaches of the globe; North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.
Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development
Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen leads the administration’s efforts to invest in emerging industries across the five boroughs, re-target unsuccessful corporate subsidies, build a new generation of affordable housing, and help New Yorkers secure good-paying jobs that can support a family.
Ms. Glen began her career as a junior aide to then-Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins. After completing law school, she worked for Brooklyn Legal Services, where she advocated on behalf of low-income tenants and families in need of free legal counsel.
Glen served as the Assistant Commissioner for Housing Finance at the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development from 1998 to 2002, where she was responsible for financing the rehabilitation and construction of thousands of units of market, moderate and low-income units as well as overseeing the City’s supportive housing, tax credit and tax incentive programs. Prior to joining HPD, Ms. Glen was an associate attorney at Fulbright & Jaworski and at Kalkines, Arky, Zall & Bernstein.
Most recently, Glen served as the Head of the Urban Investment Group (UIG) at Goldman Sachs, which provides capital to underserved urban communities. Additionally, she was a member of the Diverse Business Engagement Committee, the GSBank USA Management Committee, and co-led the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. Under her leadership, UIG spurred more than $5 billion of development across dozens of residential, mixed-use and commercial projects, as well as financed job creation and neighborhood revitalization strategies like the $40mm New York Healthy Food and Healthy Communities Fund. In her role at GS, she helped catalyze projects like NYC's Citi Bike, development in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and affordable housing projects in Harlem and across the outer boroughs.
Glen was a 2010 David Rockefeller Fellow and currently serves on the boards of the Fund for NYC Public Schools, Enterprise Community Partners, the Bowery Residents Committee, the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, the NYU Institute for Affordable Housing, and is a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission.
Glen is a graduate of Amherst College and Columbia Law School.
Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Mitchell J. Silver became Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in May 2014. Commissioner Silver is also the immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA). He is an award-winning planner with almost 30 years of experience and he is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. He specializes in comprehensive planning, place making and implementation strategies. As Parks Commissioner, Mitchell Silver oversees management, planning and operations of nearly 30,000 acres of parkland, which includes parks, playgrounds, beaches, marinas, recreation centers, wilderness areas and other assets.
Prior to returning to his native New York City as Parks Commissioner, he served as the Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director for Raleigh, NC. His career has included roles as a policy and planning director for New York City’s Department of Planning, a principal of a New York City-based planning firm, a town manager in New Jersey, and deputy planning director in Washington, DC.
Commissioner Silver lectures extensively throughout the United States and abroad on a variety of planning topics. He is a contributing author and editor of International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) latest edition of “Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice,” which is a resource for local governments engaged in planning. Known by his colleagues as a passionate communicator, creative thinker, problem-solver and visionary leader, Mitchell Silver has been at the center of many cutting edge trends, innovative solutions and visionary plans, including Harlem on the River and Vision for Jamaica Center in New York City and the revitalization of neighborhoods in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, and Raleigh. As president of APA, he led an international effort to elevate the value and rebirth of planning in the 21st century. In 2012, the Urban Times named him one of the top international thought leaders of the built environment today. In 2013, UBM Future Cities named Mitchell Silver as one of the top 100 City Innovators in the world and the Royal Town Planning Institute made him an honorary lifetime member. In 2014, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Planning Association.
When Mayor Bill de Blasio named Mitchell Silver as New York City's Parks Commissioner, he called him “a visionary.” The Mayor went on to say: “He has a passion for fairness and equality, and he brings it to the work of government, and understands that we have to ensure that parks and open spaces are available in every community, and are well-maintained in every community in this city.”
As planning director in Raleigh, he led the comprehensive plan update process and a rewriting of the development code to create a vibrant 21st century city. Mr. Silver served in Raleigh from 2005 until taking his job at Parks. He was an outspoken advocate for Raleigh and helped transform it into a world-class city with great streets, great places and great neighborhoods. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian (U.K.), Philadelphia Inquirer, Huffington Post, Associated Press, Atlantic Cities, the Urban Times, Planning Magazine, the News & Observer, the Charlotte Observer, the Triangle Business Journal , Crain’s Business Journal, BBC World News and National Public Radio (NPR).
Jon Halpern has a strong record of hands-on leadership, with experience spanning more than two decades and four successful businesses in the real estate industry. Halpern founded Halpern Real Estate Ventures (HREV) in 2011. In addition to his professional experience, Halpern is involved with both civic and charitable organizations. A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Halpern began his career in real estate in 1985, stepping in to lead Halpern Enterprises, his family’s fourth-generation business in Westchester County, New York. He is the founder, managing partner, and CEO of Halpern Real Estate Ventures, and has over 25 years of professional experience in real estate investing.
Halpern currently serves on the boards of the R Baby Foundation and The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Astrum Homes, a Gurgaon, India-based real estate development company engaged in developing world-class residential solutions in emerging cities across the country. He has previously served as a Board Member and Executive Committee Member for the Westchester Medical Center.
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.
With over 40 years of experience in public service and urban development, Carl Weisbrod’s distinguished career is a testament to his commitment to building equitable, resilient, and economically vibrant communities.
Carl Weisbrod is a national authority on city planning, urban development, and public-private real estate development. In his four decades of experience, Carl has brokered and led complex public-private partnerships and created innovative governance strategies to spur economic development. His record of visionary, innovative, and successful urban development initiatives has made him an internationally sought after advisor. Throughout his career guiding public agencies and transformative development initiatives, Carl has served the City of New York in many capacities– most recently, as Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the New York City Department of City Planning.
Prior to these appointments, Carl was a Partner at HR&A, where he managed the successful rezoning of the Hudson Square area in Manhattan, which has transformed the neighborhood into a dynamic hub for creative industries and new housing, including up to 700 affordable units. Carl has now returned to HR&A Advisors as a Senior Advisor and holds a position as Chairman for the Trust for Governors Island, in addition to serving as a Board Member for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Carl is also a Senior Fellow at the Marron Institute of Urban Management at NYU.
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.
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.
Mr. Durst is the chairman and a member of the third generation to lead The Durst Organization.
The Durst Organization built the nation’s first sustainable skyscraper, 4 Times Square, and the first LEED Platinum high-rise office tower, The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. Today, the company owns, manages and operates a 13 million square foot office portfolio and nearly 2,000 residential rental units, as well as overseeing the development, management and leasing of One World Trade Center.
Mr. Durst is a director of the Real Estate Board of New York, The New School and The Trust for Public Land. He has been involved with the theatrical arts for many years and is a member of the board of directors of The Roundabout Theater and Primary Stages. Along with other family members, he is a trustee of The Old York Foundation, established by his father, which is committed to helping people through education to understand the history and issues facing New York City. In addition, Douglas has been an environmental activist for many years and created one of the largest organic farms in New York State.