Vin Cipolla, President of the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), announced today that the 2015 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal will be presented to Daniel L. Doctoroff, former CEO and President at Bloomberg, L.P., and Chairman of Culture Shed. The award will recognize Mr. Doctoroff’s commitment to and advancement of New York City through his work as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding, and his ongoing stewardship of cultural, environmental, fiscal, and neighborhood-based projects across the five boroughs.
“Dan’s dedication to making New York City more livable, resilient, and innovative makes him a stand-out candidate for the Onassis Medal,” said MAS Board Chair Eugenie L. Birch. “From rebuilding Lower Manhattan to spearheading the ambitious launch of PlaNYC, Dan has brought his remarkable vision to some of the most pressing and influential projects shaping the future of our city. We are delighted to announce him as our 2015 honoree.”
“Dan’s tenure as Deputy Mayor was remarkable not just for the scope and vision of his projects, but also for the holistic approach to city-building that inspired them,” said Vin Cipolla. “A great city is made up of more than just buildings—parks, transportation networks, and job opportunities are essential to ensuring that our neighborhoods are complete and sustainable. Dan’s ability to knit together the strands of good city building embodies MAS’s core principles and we are pleased to celebrate his work this June.”
The Onassis Medal will be presented at MAS’s annual gala on June 4, 2015, at Cipriani 25 Broadway in the landmarked Cunard Building in Lower Manhattan. All proceeds from the event will support MAS in its mission to advocate for excellence in urban planning, preservation, and community engagement. Founded in 1893, MAS is one of the oldest membership organizations in New York City, and was instrumental in key battles that have shaped the future of New York, from winning passage of the first historic preservation law in the country to saving Grand Central Station from demolition in the 1970s in partnership with Mrs. Onassis herself.
“I am honored to accept the Municipal Art Society’s 2015 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal. MAS has advocated for sound, innovative planning and development in New York for more than a century and I share this organization’s belief that these tools are key to building a future worthy of our great city,” said Daniel L. Doctoroff. “Mrs. Onassis’ commitment to a more livable New York was an inspiration to me and so many others and I am grateful to the MAS board and leadership for this recognition.”
“Dan’s contributions to the fabric of New York have quickly become integral to our understanding of our city in the 21st century. From the now-bustling streets of Lower Manhattan, to the acres of green space, to the development of the Hudson Yards and High Line, and so much more, his impact can be felt in neighborhoods across the five boroughs,” said MAS Executive Director Margaret Newman. “His contributions to the city can truly be called historic and I look forward to celebrating his lasting achievements at the 2015 MAS Gala.”
About the Honoree
Daniel L. Doctoroff was President and Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg, L.P., the leading provider of news and information to the global financial community, until December 2014. During his tenure at Bloomberg, Doctoroff led the company through the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression by pursuing an aggressive strategy of investment, focused on enhancing the company’s Terminal product, expanding into enterprise products and services, creating new businesses in government, law and energy, and building the company’s news operations, including its acquisition of Businessweek.
Prior to joining Bloomberg L.P., Doctoroff served as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York. With Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, he led the city’s dramatic economic resurgence, spearheading the effort to reverse New York’s fiscal crisis after 9/11 through a five-borough economic development strategy. This plan included the most ambitious land-use transformation in the city’s modern history; the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site; the largest affordable housing program ever launched by an American city; and the formation of new Central Business Districts and Industrial Business Zones. Doctoroff also led the creation of PlaNYC, a 127-point plan designed to create the first environmentally sustainable 21st century city that sets the course for a 30% reduction in global warming emissions by 2030.
Before joining the Bloomberg administration, Doctoroff was Managing Partner of the private equity investment firm Oak Hill Capital Partners. While at Oak Hill, he founded NYC2012, the organization that spearheaded efforts to bring the Olympic Games to the city.
Doctoroff serves on the Boards of the University of Chicago, World Resources Institute and Human Rights First. He is the founder of Target ALS, which raises funds for and has established a new model of collaboration to advance ALS research. He is a founder and chairman of Culture Shed, an innovative new cultural institution at the Hudson Yards in Manhattan. A graduate of Harvard College and The Law School at the University of Chicago, he lives in New York City with his wife, Alisa. The Doctoroffs have three grown children.
About the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal
The Onassis Medal, MAS’s highest honor, is awarded annually to an individual or institution who, by their work and deeds, have made an outstanding contribution to New York City. Launched in 1950 as the President’s Medal, the award was renamed in 1994 in honor of Mrs. Onassis’ tireless efforts in partnership with MAS to preserve and protect New York’s great architecture. Previous honorees include Dr. Judith Rodin and David Rockefeller, Jr. of The Rockefeller Foundation (2013), Diane Von Furstenberg (2011), Channel 13/PBS (2005), Robert DeNiro (1997), and I. M. Pei (1996).
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