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Margaret Newman to Join Municipal Art Society as Executive Director

Photo Credit: Alex Engel, DOT

The Municipal Art Society is proud to welcome Margaret Newman as our new Executive Director in 2014.  Presently the Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Transportation, Newman will assume the position which is being reinstated at MAS, on February 3, 2014.

A long-time MAS member and urban champion, Margaret Newman has practiced architecture in New York City for over 15 years.  Since 2007, she has served as Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Transportation under Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.   Ms. Newman has provided coordination for major agency projects, design overview and project direction for DOT’s 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 joining DOT, Newman was 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.

“I’m thrilled we were able to attract Margaret Newman to MAS,” said Municipal Art Society Board of Directors President, Vin Cipolla. “She’s a long-time MAS member, and fan, and her career in both architecture and administration is the perfect fit for MAS at this time.  MAS had a terrific year in 2013, and it will be great to have Margaret’s leadership of our day-to-day operations as we forge ahead.”  MAS Board Chair, Dr. Eugenie Birch, added, “MAS has demonstrated powerful leadership on the issues affecting livability for all New Yorkers in every borough over the last several years. I’m excited Margaret will be joining Vin, the entire Board and the staff, in support of our initiatives and programs that address some of the biggest livability issues facing our city.”

“I’m deeply honored to be joining MAS and look forward to continuing work on so many of the issues that are vital to New York’s future,” Newman said.  “And, at this time of positive momentum for the organization, as the transition to a new mayoral administration begins, it will be an exciting time for MAS to play a critically important role.”

Photo Credit: Credit Alex Engel, DOT