MAS’s dedicated staff hail from many backgrounds, and are united in their passion for the future of New York City. Not sure who you need? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As Director of Public Events and Community Engagement, Stacey oversees MAS’s full portfolio of public programs, working to identify creative opportunities to amplify the organization’s policy perspectives and broaden its constituency. Alongside MAS, she works on an adaptive-reuse park vision called Maker Park, for a site on the Williamsburg waterfront. Prior to MAS, Stacey led public affairs for artist and landscape architect, Mary Miss, and served as project consultant to Toronto-based initiative, YouthfulCities. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Social Policy from the University of Amsterdam, where her research examined the effects of gentrification in post-reunified Berlin, Germany. She has been a tour guide in Berlin, Amsterdam and New York.
Meaghan Baron joined MAS in 2014 as its Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs. Prior to joining MAS, she was head of communications for the Kennedy family’s human rights organization, the Robert F. Kennedy Center, overseeing media coverage for programs in the U.S., Mexico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Western Sahara, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Egypt, and Bangladesh. Ms. Baron previously served as Senior Writer for the William J. Clinton Foundation and Speechwriter to NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. In 2006, she helped launch a community-organizing campaign around the Berger Commission’s decision to shutter hospitals and maternal care clinics in Central Brooklyn. She is a volunteer microloan editor for Kiva Microfunds, a member of the strategic communications advisory committee for Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project, and a crowd forecaster with the Good Judgment Project. She lives in New York City and holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Georgetown University.
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Nathalie serves the Public Programs Associate, working to plan and produce programming that supports MAS’s advocacy agenda. She came to MAS in February 2016 as the Jane’s Walk Fellow, coordinating the annual weekend-long festival of free walking tours across the five boroughs. Prior to coming to MAS, Nathalie was the Philanthropy Associate for the New York office of The Trust for Public Land, a national parks and open space non-profit. In addition to her work at MAS, she is also member of the Young Professionals Board of City Lore, which promotes New York City’s cultural heritage and folk life. Nathalie received her B.A. in American Studies and History from Columbia University.
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Aisha came to MAS in 2013. Now the Executive Assistant to our Executive Director, she tackles a multitude of assignments daily, not to mention a heavy correspondence load! Outside of work, Aisha enjoys traveling and volunteering at her daughter’s school. Prior to MAS, Aisha worked at the Department of Commerce as an Assistant Manager of Administration. She is a native New Yorker, who graduated from Economics and Finance High School and received her degrees from Long Island University and John Jay College.
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Erin Butler manages MAS’s Greenacre Reference Library and participates in other community engagement projects. Previously with Alliance for the Arts, she joined MAS in 2011 where she welcomes researchers to the library, sharing and developing its unique information resources on the various aspects of our evolving city. An exhibiting artist originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has worked with community arts groups throughout New York’s five boroughs. Erin is a life member of the Art Students League, editor for Women in the Arts Foundation, and an alumna of Madison Area Technical College, Wisconsin, Grays Harbor College and the University of Washington.
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Al Castricone joined MAS in January 2001 and heads the Facilities and IT departments. Prior to coming to MAS, Al created the building maintenance department for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, a function that was previously outsourced. He worked for 18 years at Miller Freeman Inc., a publisher of business-to-business magazines, where he managed the Facilities, Maintenance and Security departments. Al lives in Brooklyn with his wife Pam and four children.
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Phyllis Cohen has been Director of the Adopt programs since their creation in 1987 and 1991. Prior to that she was at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, assistant to the curator of American Literature and Art and special archivist for ten years, enhancing her passion for art and paper conservation first studied at the Biblioteca Nazionale, Florence, Italy. Phyllis taught Art History on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College with an M.A. in Art History. She serves on the Conservation Advisory Group of the NYC Public Design Commission advising on the restoration of public artworks. She also administrates the Brendan Gill Prize.
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Joanna joined MAS in 2013 and has led several public programs that increase community capacities and promote urban resilience, livability and thriving civic spaces. She currently manages the Livable Neighborhoods Program, a free workshop series that gives New Yorkers the knowledge they need to become stronger advocates for their neighborhoods. Previously Joanna participated in post-Katrina community planning and economic development work in New Orleans, conducted community-based participatory research in the UK, facilitated strategic planning for the City’s Department of Public Health in Portland, Maine and developed programs for the Tribeca Film Festival’s Disruptor Foundation. Joanna has a BA in anthropology from Tulane University and an MSc in Urbanization and Development from the London School of Economics. She is active with the Crow Hill Community Association in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
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Tom is a certified planner and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional with over 17 years of public and private sector environmental planning experience in the New York area. As a consultant at Langan Engineering, Tom spearheaded the firm’s New York City environmental planning and wetland permitting practices and managed a wide range of projects including Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island and the NYPD Training Academy in Queens. Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Boston College and a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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Michele joined MAS in 2015, after stints at various media and entertainment companies, including Newscorp, The New York Times, the Economist, the NY Racing Association, and The York Theatre Co. Michele was also an auditor in the Assurance and Advisory Services group with a Big 4 public accounting firm for 5 years. She holds an MS in Marketing and an MBA in Accounting from St. John’s University in Queens, and remains a devoted fan of the men’s basketball team. Michele has run several NYC marathons and continues to be involved with thoroughbred horse racing.
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Laurance currently serves as the Communications Manager, managing outgoing digital communications, social media strategy, the broader editorial calendar, and identity and branding. Laurance graduated with an MSc in Urban Regeneration from the Bartlett School of Planning (University College, London), after serving as Director of Programming for the Atlanta based urbanism/public art non-profit Living Walls: The City Speaks.
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Sean is MAS’ webmaster. He grew up in a small town in America – population 3,000. For career highlights, Sean worked as a teacher at a public high school in Tokyo, Japan. He also worked at ABC News, where his proudest achievements were helping create a documentary on the Iranian revolution and a book on life in America. In life highlights, he has walked on the Great Wall of China; climbed through the French and Swiss Alps; and trekked through Tibet. In everyday life, he is a fervent lap swimmer and likes to follow news about urban planning and politics.
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Before joining MAS, Tara Kelly led Friends of the Upper East Side as Executive Director for more than five years. She serves on the Board of Advisors of the Historic Districts Council, as well as the Island Heritage & Artifacts and Property Standards Committees of the Star Island Corporation. She is treasurer and co-founder of the Pratt Historic Preservation Alumni. In November 2014, she traveled to the Republic of Georgia as a guest of the U.S. Department of State to conduct a series of lectures on cultural heritage preservation and advocacy. She holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute and a B.S. in Linguistics from Georgetown University.
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Emma joined MAS in 2016 as Executive Assistant to the President. Prior to joining MAS, Emma was the Communications Manager at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park and worked there during and after its construction. She provided support to the Executive Director as well as oversaw online and print communications for the Louis Kahn-designed memorial. Beyond architecture and public space, Emma continues to advocate for and work closely on issues regarding hydro-fracking and New York’s water supply. Emma has worked in development at Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and as a Production Assistant on the 2011 Academy Award nominated documentary Gasland. In 2012 she produced her own celebrity-endorsed PSA titled ANYBODY of WATER to raise awareness about the environmental threat of fracking in New York. Emma holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Photography from Sarah Lawrence College. Emma teaches figure skating and is a member of the Ice Theatre of New York.
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Robert Libbey has a Master of Science in Accounting from Baruch College of the City University of New York and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maine. Prior to coming to the Municipal Art Society, Robert worked at both the Alliance for the Arts and Central Conference of American Rabbis. He lives in New York City with his spouse and enjoys the opera, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the New York Mets.
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Ted joined MAS in March 2016 after 3 years as Director of Programs at Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. He has worked in non-profit management for 20 years and enjoys living in New York City very much. Ted is an advocate of volunteer work and has been a volunteer with Center for Architecture, City Reliquary Museum, God’s Love We Deliver, Loft Opera, and Gotham Chamber Opera. A 10-time marathoner (New York 4 times), and licensed tour guide, he takes advantage of what New York has to offer to fill up his nights and weekends, with movies, concerts, theatre, museums, Mets games, and more. Many Friday nights in the summer you’ll find him on the boardwalk at Coney Island for the free fireworks.
Maia Mordana has been with MAS since 1990. In 2008, she expanded her activities to become an assistant in the Development Department, as well as taking over tour/program registrations, while continuing to welcome callers to the MAS. Maia is a graduate of Traphagan School of Design, a fashion design and illustration school in Manhattan. A native New Yorker, she resides in Westchester County.
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Marcel joined MAS in 2016, he provides technical and GIS assistance to citywide planning efforts. In the past, he has worked as a consulting waterfront planner in the southeast Bronx. He has also been an open space and waterfront research fellow at New York City’s Department of City Planning and New Yorkers for Parks, a citywide advocacy organization. Marcel holds an M.Sc in Urban Environmental Management from Pratt Institute, his studies varied from neighborhood green infrastructure plans to energy system retrofits for public housing. He is passionate about open data, maps and drums.
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Gabriela is a native New Yorker who formerly worked at the non-profit Literacy Partners. She joined MAS in 2016.
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Gloria Parris joined the MAS finance department in 1999. Her prior work experience includes accounting and bookkeeping for the New York office of FTA, an Italian electronic goods importer. Prior to relocating to the United States, she worked for the government of Trinidad & Tobago in the Division of Ministry of Works, Accounting Department, and the General Post Office. Gloria attended Alpha College in Trinidad, HANAC Educational Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and Borough of Manhattan Community College. She currently lives with her husband and is the proud mother of three children. Her older son holds prestige as a U.S. Marine and has served four consecutive tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.