Our Team

Meet our Staff, Board and Chairman’s Council


Our team includes experts in construction, horticulture, design, environmental education, administration and fundraising.


Lynn B. Kelly

Executive Director

Gary Dearborn

Chief of Capital

Catherine Hall

Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Erica Helms

Chief Advancement Officer

Jeffrey Manzer

Chief Financial Officer


Alexis Braxton

Office Manager

Indeera Persaud

Staff Accountant

Maya Vasquez

Executive Assistant & Board Liaison

Engagement and Programming

Corey Blant

Urban Agriculture Manager

Michael Horwitz

Community Engagement Coordinator

Jessica North

Engagement Manager

Charlie Reynoso

Senior Community Engagement Manager

Yolanda Rodriguez

Senior Director of Engagement & Programming

Development and Marketing

Chris Barrett

Foundation Relations Director

Ashley Berton

Development & Communications Associate

Michael Cady

Individual Giving & Events Manager

Cory Hasson

Government Affairs Manager

Monique Holloway

Database Manager

Ariel Lauren Wilson

Director of Marketing & Communications

Michael Yerdon

Senior Director of Development


Mony Baxendale

Zone Gardener, Northern Manhattan

Jason Duverney-Gaspar

Zone Gardener, Brooklyn Gardens

Geneva Galioto

Citywide Project Coordinator

Charles Hill

Landscape Supervisor

Oliver Martinez

Highbridge Park Crew Leader

Christopher McArdle

Landscape Manager, Northern Manhattan Parks

Yessenia Santiago

Assistant Director of Operations

Edwards Santos

Sherman Creek Park Manager

Jason Sheets

Director of Garden Horticulture & Citywide Greening Projects

Simon Skinner

Senior Director of Operations

Jason Smith

Director, Northern Manhattan Parks

Matthew Sprague

Citywide Project Coordinator

Andrew Stewart

Citywide Project Manager

Donte Taylor

Deputy Director, Community Gardens

Dustin Thomsen

Chief of Repair & Construction

Stephen Williams

Zone Gardener, Bronx & Manhattan

Seasonal Staff

  • Ali Al-Zawar Parks Stewardship Assistant
  • Rhys Bethke Urban Agriculture Coordinator
  • Giselle Cabrera Forest Restoration Technician
  • Elena Copell Public Programming Assistant
  • Carley Guida Assistant Gardener, Bronx & Manhattan Gardens
  • James Healy Assistant Gardener, Brooklyn Community Gardens
  • Kareen Matadeen Park Stewardship Assistant
  • Afeni Powers Urban Agriculture Coordinator
  • William Pries Operations Crew Member, Brooklyn Community Gardens
  • John Ramirez Parks Stewardship Assistant
  • Ryan Schulte Assistant Gardener, Bronx & Manhattan Gardens
  • Emily Symonds Assistant Gardener, Brooklyn Community Gardens
  • Diamond Taylor Groundskeeper, Parks
  • Maxwell Tetrault Assistant Gardener, Parks
  • Caleb Wright Parks Stewardship Assistant


NYRP's Board includes leaders in architecture, design, real estate, and entertainment who oversee the affairs and advance the core mission of the organization.

Bette Midler


Helena Durst


Darcy Stacom


Vered Rabia


Samuel Ashner

Betty Y. Chen

Todd DeGarmo

Susan Donoghue


Edmund Hollander

Walter Hood

Michael Kors

Michael Lorber

Shelly Malkin

Erhard Marius


James L. Nederlander

Benjamin F. Needell, Esq.

Janice Parker

ASLA, Ex-Officio

David Rockwell, FAIA

Josh Sirefman

Sophie von Haselberg

Miriam Wheeler

Jann S. Wenner


Ann Ziff


Chairman's Council

NYRP's Chairman's Council represents a select group of civic-minded individuals who, through their involvement and leadership, embrace and promote the mission of our work.

  • Janice Parker, Chair
  • Tim Gunn
  • Pam Baptiste
  • Mychal Johnson
  • Charles Bendit
  • Sophie Coquillette Koven
  • Adrian Benepe
  • Jakob Levison
  • Noble Black
  • Rob Light
  • Diane Brownstone
  • Margo MacNabb Nederlander
  • Alexandra Cohen
  • Joshua Rider
  • Douglas Durst
  • Paul D. Selver
  • Amy Goldman Fowler
  • Andrea Woodner

Join the Chairman's Council

Members participate in special projects including galas, thought leadership events, and exclusive garden occasions. Contact us to learn more.

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