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
Vice ChairJill N. Lerner
General CounselEarl D. Weiner, Esq.
TreasurerKent M. Swig
SecretarySusan K. Freedman
- Amanda T. Boston
- Gabriel Calatrava
- Lisa Smith Cashin
- Elizabeth Diller
- James LaForce
- Pamela A. Mann
- Chris McCartin
- Barbara Koz Paley
- David F. Solomon
- Yeohlee Teng
- Calvin Tsao
- Kent Barwick
- David M. Childs
- Joan K. Davidson
- Philip K. Howard
- Janet C. Ross
- Jerry I. Speyer
- Helen S. Tucker
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.
Stephen joined MAS in December 2018. Prior to MAS, he was an Urban Planning Analyst at Localize.city, where he helped launch the startup’s expansion into New York. He previously served as Senior Consultant at Appleseed, working on economic development and transportation planning projects across the city. He is a certified planner who holds a Master of City & Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University and B.S. in Development Sociology from Cornell University. He currently resides in Astoria.
Ianna joined MAS in June 2017. 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.
Veerle Arts joined MAS in May 2018. Prior to MAS, Veerle worked as a Community Planning Fellow for Community Board 5 in Manhattan, where she worked on real estate, land use, and preservation projects. Originally from the Netherlands, where she trained and practiced as a graphic designer, she holds a B.A. in Urban Studies and a Master of Urban Planning and GIS Certificate from CUNY’s Hunter College. She currently lives in Brooklyn.
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 Comptroller Scott M. Stringer during his Borough Presidency. Meaghan lives in the South Bronx with her husband, two children, and their boxer mix, Roosevelt. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Georgetown University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jackie joined MAS in December 2018. During her undergraduate experience, Jackie interned for Hon. Claire R. Kelly of the U.S. Court of International Trade and both the New York City and Washington, D.C. Offices of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY). She has held volunteer positions at the American Museum of Natural History, where she organized environmental conferences for students from around the world as a member of YouthCaN, and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, where she was a Teaching Assistant as part of its Gallery/Studio Program. Jackie graduated from Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College with a double major in History and Political Science as well as a double minor in Philosophy and Music concentrating in cello performance. As a native New Yorker, Jackie is passionate about promoting the success of New York City and defending its arts.
Deborah joined MAS in 2019. A resident of West Harlem, she realized after joining MAS that she is indeed an urbanist at heart. She loves walking because New York City is walkable and there is so much to take in. She especially loves Neo-Gothic-style structures and notable landmarks, like St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Grant’s Tomb, which add such beauty to the cityscape and are worth every ounce of effort at preserving for generations to come.
Before joining MAS, she had a stint as Executive Coordinator at a nonprofit called The Opportunity Agenda which reignited her desire for advocacy work. Prior to OA, she had worked for several top Fortune 500 companies. Among them were asset manager, AllianceBernstein (AB), where she worked in investor relations, and at an investment bank, Société Générale, in the global structured finance department. These are corporations where multi-million dollar transactions occur on a daily basis, so one has to be poised and ready at taking on high priority projects. She quickly learned how valuable initiative, collaboration, and teamwork were in setting the right pace, working together in a global setting, and adapting to change, in order to effectively get things done.
Deborah holds a B.A. in Communications from The City College of New York (CCNY). She has a certificate in Investor Relations from the University of Connecticut (UConn), and studied French language and culture at the Institut Catholique de Paris (ILCF), in France.
Alia Soomro joined MAS as the Ralph C. Menapace Fellow in September 2020. Alia graduated from Brooklyn Law School in May 2019. For her undergraduate degree, she received her Master and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from a five-year program at Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans. Prior to MAS, Alia worked in the legal department at the New York City Department of Design and Construction. During law school, Alia interned at the New York City Department of City Planning and the New York City Housing Development Corporation. She also interned at Brooklyn Law School’s Housing Rights Clinic and the Corporate and Real Estate Clinic. Alia is interested in the intersection of land use law, design, and urban policy in order to promote more equitable cities. Her student note published in the Brooklyn Law Review explored how New York City should reform its urban renewal efforts.
Vincent joined MAS in 2019 after working in advertising for several years. He is fascinated by the cultural fabric of cities and how city design impacts everyday life; he often asks “what makes a just and healthy city?”. His interest in urban planning stems from his experience working for a community development organization in the Bronx while studying at Fordham. Vincent is also a community organizer and uses photography as a medium to advocate for social justice.
Spencer joined MAS in June 2019. Prior to MAS, he was Director of Housing Policy at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development. He previously served in various roles in the Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, working on issues around growth management, comprehensive planning, affordable housing, design review, land use and zoning, and small area neighborhood planning projects across the region. He is a certified planner who holds a Master of Urban & Regional Planning degree from Portland State University and B.F.A. in Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design. He currently resides in Brooklyn.