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


Karen Bravo

Staff Accountant

Alexis Braxton

Office Manager

Maia Kallen

Executive Assistant & Board Liaison

Engagement and Programming

Corey Blant

Urban Agriculture Manager

Charlie Reynoso

Senior Community Engagement Manager

Development and Marketing

Chris Barrett

Foundation Relations Director

Ashley Berton

Development & Communications Associate

Michael Cady

Individual Giving & Events Manager

Tara Das

Government Affairs Manager

Tawana Pyle

Database Manager

Ariel Lauren Wilson

Director of Marketing & Communications

Michael Yerdon

Senior Director of Development


Mony Baxendale

Zone Gardener, Northern Manhattan

Jason Duverney-Gaspar

Brooklyn Zone Gardener

Barry Elmore

Bronx/Manhattan Zone Gardener

Lovett Evans

Bronx/Manhattan Zone Manager

Charles Hill

Landscape Supervisor

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

Brooklyn Zone Manager

Donte Taylor

Deputy Director, Community Gardens

Dustin Thomsen

Chief of Repair & Construction

Seasonal Staff

  • Ali Al-Zawar Groundskeeper, Parks
  • Jon Crow Engagement Coordinator
  • Steven Dean Citywide Assistant Gardener
  • Chloe Fallon Assistant Gardener (Brooklyn Community Gardens)
  • Sebastian Gatton Highbridge Park Crew Member
  • Amy Gelb Citywide Assistant Gardener
  • Aura Hamilton Highbridge Park Crew Member
  • Monti Lawson Urban Agriculture Coordinator
  • Oliver Martinez Highbridge Park Crew Leader
  • Juan Carlos Medrano Groundskeeper, Parks
  • Jessica North Senior Engagement Coordinator
  • Yismel Rosario Seasonal Crew, Parks
  • Ashley Sangare Junior Engagement Assistant
  • Emily Symonds Assistant Gardener, Parks
  • David Wheir Highbridge Park Assistant Gardener
  • Stephen Williams Assistant Gardener (Brooklyn Community Gardens)
  • Edwin Woodthorpe Assistant Gardener (Bronx/Manhattan Community Gardens)


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 A. Stacom


Vered Rabia


Samuel Ashner

Betty Y. Chen

Todd DeGarmo

Edmund Hollander

Walter Hood

Michael Kors

Shelly Malkin

Erhard Marius

James L. Nederlander

Benjamin F. Needell, Esq.

Darryl Pardi

Janice Parker

ASLA, Ex-Officio

David Rockwell, FAIA

Josh Sirefman

Sophie von Haselberg

Ann Ziff

Jann S. Wenner


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