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Jonathan Gouveia and Tara Kelly Join the Municipal Art Society

New staff members will lead the organization’s campaign for a new Penn Station and historic preservation portfolios

(October 21, 2015 | New York, NY) The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) announced two senior level hires this month, bringing on Jonathan Gouveia as Senior Director of Planning and Infrastructure and Tara Kelly as Director of Preservation and Design.

“With the clock ticking on the Madison Square Garden operating permit and the Landmarks Law celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, there is no better time to add these two talented leaders to our team,” said Mary Rowe, Executive Vice President of MAS. “In 2016, MAS will orient all of its advocacy and policy toward three key campaigns—protecting New York’s legacy spaces, building a city by design, and promoting complete neighborhoods. Jonathan and Tara will be central to achieving this vision and we are delighted to welcome them.”

Jonathan Gouveia has more than 12 years of real estate and financing experience in the public and private sectors, most recently as a member of the Global Real Estate and Operations teams at Bloomberg LP. Gouveia led numerous real estate development initiatives and project financings as a senior member of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) during the Bloomberg Administration, including founding NYCEDC’s Strategic Investments Group and the NYC Development Finance Conference, and leading the creation of the Build NYC Resource Corporation and New York City’s post-Sandy business recovery programs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Planning from University of Toronto.

“MAS has a long and impressive track record of being an influential force for building a better New York City. Drawing on my city-building experience in the areas of real estate development, economic development, and project finance, I am thrilled to join the team as it approaches its 125th anniversary and lead its efforts to build a new Penn Station and dynamic West Midtown. I look forward to working productively with our partners in the public and private sectors to unlock the potential of this critically important area of New York City,” said Gouveia.

Tara Kelly brings more than seven years of focused experience on preservation to her new role with MAS. She served as Executive Director of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts for the past five years, prior to which she worked at MAS as Project Manager for Preservation and Sustainability. She serves on the Board of Advisors of the Historic Districts Council, as well as the Island Heritage and 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.

“I am delighted to return to the Municipal Art Society, where I first learned about preservation planning and policy in practice. Each initiative of the MAS is a preservation project, incorporating sense of place, neighborhood character, cultural resources, civic assets, and community. Whether advocating for creation of the first tree-planting campaign in 1902, the zoning resolution in 1916, the Landmarks Law in 1965, or a new Penn Station today, MAS has long been the voice for a more livable New York City. I’m proud to be a part of that legacy,” said Kelly.