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After New York Restoration Project’s Board of Trustees concluded a nationwide search, Amy Freitag has been named Executive Director of NYRP, officially assuring her new role on October 1st.

Bringing with her more than 16 years of professional and personal experience in greening, conservation and historic preservation, Freitag has facilitated and led large-scale park projects and programs in New York City, Philadelphia and throughout the United States. As Executive Director, Freitag’s shared passion and dedication to creating well-designed and community-focused urban open space will only help to further NYRP’s mission of improving the overall health and quality of life of all the neighborhood’s and residents that we serve.

"I am excited and honored to be joining an organization that is so vital to protecting, preserving and programming New York City’s precious green spaces as New York Restoration Project," said Freitag. "My professional background and personal interests have prepared me to work with NYRP’s dedicated staff, supporters and partners to sustain their existing work, while moving the organization forward in a way that will expand its impact on our city, the environment and everyone who calls New York City home."

Freitag’s extensive professional experience includes serving in the Bloomberg Administration as Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects in the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation for six years. While at the NYC Parks Department, she administered a $3 billion capital program – during what is considered the largest period of investment in the city’s parks and open spaces since the 1930s – which included the Parks Departments first LEED-certified projects and award-winning historic preservation, architecture and landscape design projects. Notable capital projects include the Highline, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Freshkills Park, Union Square and Washington Square, as well as a $200 million environmental mitigation in Bronx parks.

Most recently, Freitag served as U.S. Program Director for the World Monuments Fund (WMF), where she administered and managed the domestic portfolio of conservation and preservation projects; designed and implemented WMF training initiatives that supported economic development and sustained long-term preservation efforts in local communities; and supported WMF cultural landscape projects worldwide, among many other initiatives. She currently serves on the boards of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation and the New York Preservation Archive Project. Additionally, Freitag lectures nationally on the history of women in conservation and is researching a book on the founding of the Garden Club of America.

Freitag holds an A.B. from Smith College and master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the Elizabeth Wiley Green Award for Outstanding Promise.

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