People

Pleased to meet you!

The staff and board of MAS represent a diverse background of New Yorkers hailing from all five boroughs, united by our dedication to serving this city and the people who live, work, and visit here.

Board of Directors

  • Chair
    Christy MacLear
  • General Counsel
    Earl D. Weiner, Esq.
  • Treasurer
    Kent M. Swig
  • Secretary
    Susan K. Freedman
  • Gabriel Calatrava
  • Santiago Calatrava
  • Lisa Smith Cashin
  • Vin Cipolla
  • Elizabeth Diller
  • Michael P. Donovan
  • Mark Fisch
  • Frederick J. Iseman
  • Amit Khurana
  • Jill N. Lerner
  • Chris McCartin
  • Joseph A. McMillan, Jr.
  • Richard Olcott
  • Barbara Koz Paley
  • Charles A. Platt
  • Carl L. Reisner
  • David F. Solomon
  • Yeohlee Teng
Emeritus Board
  • Kent Barwick
  • David M. Childs
  • Joan K. Davidson
  • Philip K. Howard
  • John E. Merow, Esq.
  • Janet C. Ross
  • Whitney North Seymour, Jr., Esq.
  • Jerry I. Speyer
  • Stephen C. Swid
  • Helen S. Tucker

Staff

Elizabeth Goldstein
President

Elizabeth Goldstein joined MAS as its President in February 2017. Elizabeth has an extensive background in parks and historic preservation advocacy and management. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has worked to insure transparent public engagement in civic decisions of consequence to public space and the heritage of key places across the United States. Prior to returning to her NYC roots, Elizabeth was most recently the President of the California State Parks Foundation from 2004 to 2016. Prior to that she was the General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (1999 to 2004), and the Western Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (1994-1999). Her work in parks includes the New York City Regional Director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (1989-1994), the Director of Planning for the New York City Park Department (1986-1989) and the Chief of Staff of the Manhattan Borough Office of NYC Parks. Elizabeth graduated from Beloit College. Elizabeth is a past co-chair of the City Parks Alliance and board member of numerous non-profit boards.

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Ianna Angelo
Public Programs Associate

Ianna joined MAS in June 2017 as the Associate of Public Programs. Prior to joining MAS, Ianna worked for five years in fundraising and event planning for major arts and cultural institutions, including Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and most recently, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Originally from California, she holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Art History from University of California, Santa Cruz. Now a resident of Brooklyn, she loves the city for its rich history, diverse culture, thriving art and food scene, and endless possibilities.

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Meaghan Baron
Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs

Meaghan Baron joined MAS in 2014 as Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs. Prior to 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. She previously served as Senior Writer for the William J. Clinton Foundation and Speechwriter to Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. Meaghan lives in the South Bronx with her husband and son, and their boxer mix, Roosevelt. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Georgetown University.

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Aisha Brown
Database Manager

Aisha came to MAS in 2013. She began her career at MAS as an Executive Assistant, then later became the Database Manager. 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 received her degrees from Long Island University and John Jay College.

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Erin Butler
Information Resources Manager, Greenacre Reference Library

Erin Butler manages MAS’s publicly accessible Greenacre Reference Library and portions of the MAS Archive. She welcomes researchers and visitors, sharing and developing MAS’ unique and growing collections exploring various aspects of our evolving city. Prior to joining MAS in 2011, she worked at Alliance for the Arts. Erin has been an ardent observer of New York City’s five boroughs and surrounding water since moving here from the Pacific Northwest in the mid-1970s. Her introduction to planning was through an internship in the City Planning Department in Madison, WI while studying Commercial Art at Madison Area Technical College. She is also an alumna of the Art Students League of New York, the University of Washington, and Grays Harbor College (Aberdeen, WA). Currently she maintains a painting studio at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island.

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Al Castricone
Director of Facilities & IT

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
Director of Public Art

Phyllis Cohen has been Director of the Adopt-A-Monument and Adopt-A-Mural programs since their creation in 1987 and 1991, respectively. 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 Crispe
Director of Community Engagement & Education

Joanna joined MAS in September of 2013. She leads the organization’s community engagement and education efforts, helping New Yorkers become stronger advocates for their neighborhoods. Previously Joanna has worked on a variety of organizational and community capacity building projects in the United Kingdom, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Portland, Maine. She has a BA in anthropology from Tulane University and an MSc in Urbanization and Development from the London School of Economics. She is a proud resident of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.

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Thomas Devaney
Senior Director of Land Use & Planning

Tom is a certified planner and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional with over 27 years of public and private sector housing and city planning experience in Boston and New York. After graduating from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Tom worked for the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, New England’s largest housing and community development not-for-profit, for nine years before earning a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2001. After moving to New York City in 2001, Tom worked as a senior planner at AKRF until 2003, and then served as a senior planner for Nassau County for four years. In 2007, Tom spearheaded Langan Engineering’s New York City environmental planning and wetland permitting practices and managed a wide range of projects including Roosevelt Island’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, the NYPD Training Academy in Queens, and several major private developments throughout the City. Tom has been at MAS since March 2016.

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Britt Densmore
Vice President of Development

Britt joined MAS in September 2017. Most recently, Britt was Director of Development at the Preservation League of New York State for five years. He previously led development efforts at the Garden Conservancy, World Monuments Fund, and was Director of Development and Public Affairs for the Trust for Public Land’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. A Massachusetts native, Britt fell in love with historic preservation after buying and restoring a 1863 bow front townhouse in Boston’s South End Landmark District, the largest intact Victorian row house district in the country. Moving to New York City, he began his work in the non-profit world as the first Executive Director of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. Britt is a member of the boards of Project Cicero and Save Harlem Now! He lives in Harlem.

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Michele Farina
Controller

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. She holds an MS in Marketing and an MBA in Accounting from St. John’s University in Queens, NY.  She was also an auditor in the Assurance and Advisory Services group with a Big 4 public accounting firm for five years.  Michele is a runner who has run several NYC marathons and she is also involved with thoroughbred horse racing.

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Robert Joseph
Project Manager for Preservation and Planning

Robert joined MAS in August 2017. Previously, Robert was a planner at Kevin Dwarka, LLC, where he worked on economic development, innovation district, and town center planning projects in more than a dozen communities across the New York metropolitan area. While completing his tertiary education, Robert conducted extensive academic research on urban infrastructure, sustainability policies, and more. Robert holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University and a Masters of Urban Planning from New York University. In his spare time, Robert enjoys running, biking, and taking advantage of New York’s many cultural institutions.

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Sean Kelliher
Webmaster

Sean is the 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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Tara Kelly
Vice President of Policy & Programs

Tara Kelly joined MAS in October 2015. Previously, she was Executive Director of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Isles of Shoals Association, 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 holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute and a B.S. in Linguistics from Georgetown University.

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Robert Libbey
Vice President of Administration & Finance

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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Rachel Mazur
Ralph C. Menapace Fellow

Rachel Mazur joined MAS as its Ralph C. Menapace Fellow in September 2018. Rachel graduated from Tulane University Law School in May 2018, and holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Barnard College of Columbia University. During law school, Rachel externed for the Honorable Susie Morgan at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and for the Honorable Robert J. Miller at the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. Rachel also interned at the Vieux Carré Commission, a city agency responsible for the continued preservation of the historic French Quarter in New Orleans, as well as the New York City Housing Authority, and the Office of the New York City Comptroller. Rachel is passionate about the intersection of land use law and historic preservation. Her Comment on the development of short-term rental ordinances and the impact of Airbnb in New Orleans was published in the Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property.

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Ted Mineau
Director of Tours

Ted joined MAS in March 2016 after three years as Director of Programs at Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. He has worked in non-profit management for more than 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.

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Maia Mordana
Receptionist & Development Assistant

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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Gabriela Philo
Development Associate

Gabriela joined MAS in October 2016. Prior to MAS, Gabriela worked as a Development Manager at Literacy Partners. There, she led the department in raising annual budget and growing additional support over time. Previously, Gabriela was a Development & LGBT Rights Intern at Human Rights Watch. Gabriela serves as Chair of the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Associate Board, a Board Member of Bard Globalization & International Affairs Program, and a Volunteer Coordinator at St. Francis Xavier Mission. Gabriela graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in Anthropology and Global & International Studies.

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Gloria Parris
Assistant Controller

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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