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André Allaire joined the staff of the Municipal Art Society in March 2012 and is currently Vice President for Development. In this capacity, he works to broaden and strengthen MAS’ funding partnerships with various constituencies: individual members and donors, corporations, foundations and government entities. He has led a 15-year career in non-profit fundraising with turns as the inaugural Director of Executive MBA Alumni Relations & Development at the NYU Stern School of Business and a member of the Development teams at The New York Public Library, International House and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A Yale graduate with a B.A. in the History of Art, André has long been a passionate New Yorker, enjoying the contemporary art scene, progressive opera and theater, and the city’s diverse restaurants.
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Stacey Anderson joined MAS in 2013 to support the seamless execution of all MAS events and promote engagement of the city’s populace in the organization’s diverse efforts. Holding her master’s degree in Urban Social Policy from the University of Amsterdam, Stacey possesses specialized knowledge of the challenges posed by and opportunities inherent in modern urban living. During her studies, she conducted in depth research on urban regeneration policies in Berlin, working with an array of community stakeholders and policymakers in the process. With an interest in promoting civic engagement through the arts, Stacey previously worked as outreach coordinator for New York based public artist, Mary Miss.
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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 came to MAS in 2013 with ten years of experience implementing programs and projects that support healthy, vibrant communities. Her participation in post-Katrina community planning and economic development work in New Orleans shaped her focus on access to housing, services and opportunities in cities. In 2010 she completed the Urbanization and Development master’s program at the London School of Economics. Joanna has since applied her knowledge conducting community research in the UK, facilitating strategic planning for the City of Portland (Maine) Department of Public Health and developing programs for the Disruptor Foundation, in association with the Tribeca Film Festival. Active in each of the places that she has called home, she is currently Treasurer of the Crow Hill Community Association in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
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Mike joined MAS in 2013 as Project Manager in Policy & Planning. Mike’s work has focused on participatory planning, community outreach, design and education. Before moving to New York, Mike worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as a planning and design consultant on a wide variety of projects, and was the 2007 Piero N. Patri Fellow in Urban Design at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses on urban planning with IHP’s “Cities in the 21st Century” semester abroad and at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He holds a degree in interdisciplinary studies from Miami University of Ohio and a Master’s in City Planning from UC Berkeley.
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Alana Farkas began her work at MAS in 2010 by helping to coordinate the Conference for Preservation & Climate Change, an initiative near and dear to her heart. Over the past few years, she has worn many hats at MAS and now happily manages the walking tour program and a variety of community engagement efforts. Alana received her B.A. in Urban Studies from the New School University.
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Aileen Gorsuch began working in Planning and Advocacy at MAS in June 2010 and has since contributed to MAS’ 2011 Garment District report and to the analysis of NYU’s expansion plans. Her past experience includes planning and historic preservation work with former Bronx Borough President’s Historic Preservation Task Force and as an intern with the Parks Department at the Queens Historical Society. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Aileen moved east to study art history at Smith College and went on to earn a Masters of Urban Planning Degree from Hunter College.
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Geir Jaegersen has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maine. Prior to coming to Municipal Art Society, Geir worked as an accountant for a number of non-profit performing arts organizations, as well as in the hospitality and public relations industries. A Connecticut native, Geir lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.
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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 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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Raju leads advocacy on planning, design, and transportation issues at MAS. He recently helped complete Fashioning the Future – a study of NYC’s Garment District and New York’s Next Great Waterfront Park – a community based plan for a new waterfront park along the East Midtown waterfront. Prior to joining MAS, Raju was a planner in the Manhattan Office of the Department of City Planning, where he worked on a variety of policy matters and managed the land use review process for complex real estate projects. He is currently a member of Community Board Five in Manhattan. A native New Yorker, he graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Philosophy and from the University of Michigan with a M.A. in Urban Planning.
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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.
Margaret Newman, FAIA, joined MAS as the Executive Director in 2014. Prior to joining MAS, Ms. Newman served as Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Transportation to Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. While at DOT, Ms. Newman provided coordination for major agency projects, design overview and project direction for the Urban Design and Art Division, with a focus on sustainable design. As a certified LEED professional, Ms. Newman’s work on developing and implementing the city’s green infrastructure initiatives included new standards for the use of sustainable materials and LED lighting across the five boroughs. Prior to her work for the City of NY, Ms. Newman practiced architecture in New York City for over 15 years as a partner in Marren and Newman Architects, a multidisciplinary architecture and design firm located in New York City. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, she received a B.A. in Visual Arts from Bennington College and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University.
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As Director of Corporate Development, Brenda seeks to develop deep and lasting partnerships with corporations across all industries. With an MBA and a broad and varied background in the arts and creative industries, she brings business skills and creativity to her work. She was previously New Business Consultant for Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Director of Arts & Business in the north of England where she successfully developed partnerships between business and the arts. She has worked in local government in the UK and as a documentary film director and producer in Berlin, Germany. Her films have been screened at MoMA and broadcast across Europe. She has published on the subject of “city brand building” and is particularly interested in the role that culture plays in creating great places.
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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.
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David Rivera joined the Development Department in December 2010. He is responsible for the management of the database, membership renewals, the recording of donations, and the production of mailing lists, acknowledgement letters and reports. David is a native New Yorker who graduated from Xavier High School and St. John’s University. Prior to MAS, he worked in Development for the Police Athletic League, Metropolitan College of New York, the Institute of International Education and Xavier High School. David is also an usher at Madison Square Garden.
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Mary W. Rowe connects the work of the society with the broader goals of livability and resilience, and deepening its role in identifying and promoting community-based approaches to city-building. Mary has been a grant-maker (blue moon fund, Charlottesville, Virginia), a social entrepreneur, a facilitator, and calls herself an ‘urban animator.’ Prior to coming to MAS, Mary was based in New Orleans, where she witnessed first-hand the resilience of community-led initiatives, and the need to approach city-building holistically, always connecting social, economic, cultural and environmental considerations.
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Kate Slevin joined MAS in 2014 and guides the organization’s advocacy, policy, and community planning work. Before coming to MAS, she was an Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Department of Transportation, where she managed legislative and government affairs for the Commissioner. From 2002 to 2012, she advocated for sustainable transportation policies at the non-profit Tri-State Transportation Campaign and served as executive director of the organization for five years. Before graduate school, she worked as an Urban Park Ranger at the New York City Parks Department. She holds a B.A. in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University and a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University.
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Alexis Taylor began working at MAS, in collaboration with Professor Jerold Kayden’s organization Advocates for Privately Owned Public Spaces (APOPS), in March 2012. Prior to coming to MAS, she served as a project planner in New York and Los Angeles, where she had the opportunity to work on the city’s ongoing Grand Avenue Project. Alexis has focused, in both her education and work experience, on the opportunities and challenges in creating successful public space in mixed-use urban developments by combining public and private resources. She majored in Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to earn a Master of City Planning (MCP) degree from MIT.
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Ronda Wist joined MAS in November 2009, and oversees MAS urban design, planning, and preservation policy and advocacy efforts. Ronda comes to MAS with 25 years of public sector experience, including ten years as the Executive Director of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) and five years as the Director of Land Use Review at the New York City Department of City Planning. After her government work, she was a principal at HR&A Advisors. Ronda has a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is the author of On Fifth Avenue: Then and Now (1992).