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Development Committee

Take a Leadership Role in One of NYC’s Premiere Green Spaces

The Hudson River Park Friends Development Committee is a group of influential and energetic community members whose work is critical to the success of HRPK Friends’ fundraising strategy. Made up of both Board Members and Non-Board Members, the Development Committee plays a key role in connecting HRPK Friends with new audiences.

Development Committee members are important partners in helping sustain Hudson River Park on a daily basis, providing or securing significant funding to benefit the Park. This growing and evolving committee also spearheads several community-building events and activations that raises funds and awareness, keeping the Park beautiful, safe, green, clean and growing.

Engage Your Unique Skills and Interests

The Development Committee is made up of a series of Specialty Fundraising Groups (“SFGs”), who focus on specific fundraising projects and engaging new donor audiences based on areas of particular interests. This means that as a Committee member, you can harness your unique skillsets and experience and focus your energy on what you’re passionate about in the Park. You can learn more about existing SFGs below, but we’re always growing and interested in hearing your ideas.

Interested in learning more? Please reach out to Toby Pearce, Chief Development Officer at [email protected].

Specialty Fundraising Groups

Four-Legged Friends
Donor Track
The Hudson River Park Four-Legged Friends program enables dogs, their dog people, and businesses to build a “pawsitive” community and ensure our dog-friendly Park stays clean, green and growing (with tails wagging). Our Four-Legged Friends SFG leads this charge, engaging a community of dog-loving Park supporters.


Ballet Hispanico performs at the Hudson River Dance Festival at Pier 63Arts & Culture
Donor Track
Hudson River Park is home to a wonderful array of free cultural programs every year, as well as public art installations all across our four+ miles. Our Arts & Culture SFG works to support these offerings, further establish HRPK as a NYC cultural destination and build a community of Park supporters engaged in the arts.
The orange team at the HRPK Games wish each other good luckSports & Athletics
Donor Track
Hudson River Park features more ways to get active on land and water than any other park in NYC. Our Sports & Athletics SFG creates opportunities for the Park’s active athletic community to get involved.


Environmental Stewardship
Donor Track
Hudson River Park is not only a tree canopy and green space capable of absorbing rainwater and runoff. It’s also a 400-acre Estuarine Sanctuary and an innovator in urban sustainability practices. These efforts have grown to include two Park-wide initiatives focused on composting and plastics reduction. Our Environmental Stewardship SFG creates opportunities for the Park community to enhance sustainability efforts and ecological abundance.


Member Benefits

  •         Make a real difference
  •         Develop your own leadership skills by learning from your peers
  •         Establish and grow your network
  •         Boost Your public profile
  •         Participate in select Park volunteer, cultivation, and fundraising events

Development Committee Members


Greg Wasserman†
Head of Climate Innovation Fund, Wellington Management
Four-legged Friends and Environmental Sustainability Leader

Sarah Lambert†
Arts & Culture and Sports & Athletics Leader

Valerie Doherty

Larry Keigwin†, Co-Chair
Artistic Director, KEIGWIN + COMPANY

Jean Kogut
Finance Consultant

Scott M. Lawin
CEO/COO, Candy Digital

Aima Raza, Co-Chair
Founder, Peace Project Inc.

Kelly Woods
Senior Director, Marianne Boesky Gallery


Valerie Doherty

Michael Kuh
Partner, Hogan Lovells, New York

Jack Louis Smith
Associate, Lazard

Jarred Snyder, Co-Chair
Vice President, Private Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs

Daphne Wood, Co-Chair


Cathy Blaney†
Partnership Development, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Gregory Starikovsky
Senior Analyst, Balyasny Asset Management L.P.

Emily Dougherty, Co-Chair

Lenore Vassil, Co-Chair


Nicholas Casal
Founder & CEO, REMAP

Neil V. King III
Vice Chairman, CBRE’s Advisory and Transaction Services Group (NY)

Vinay Menda
Founder and Managing Partner, Reshape

Brian Rowland
Chief Financial Officer, Specialty Lending Company LLC


Sarah Lambert†, Development Committee Co-Chair

Krista Nickols
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, SERHANT.

Martha Stewart†
Founder, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Daniel J. Williams†
Managing Director, Citi Private Bank

† Member of Hudson River Park Friends Board of Directors