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Robert Douglass served as Chairman of the Alliance for Downtown New York, New York City's largest business improvement district since its inception in 1995. He also served as Chairman of the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association founded in 1958 under the leadership of David Rockefeller representing the interests of over 90 members of most of the major businesses Downtown. Robert Douglass was Of Counsel to Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. He served as Chairman of the Board of Cedel International from 1994-2004. Before that, Mr. Douglass served as Vice Chairman and Director of The Chase Manhattan Corporation (1985-1993) and as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of The Chase Manhattan Corporation (1976-1985). From 1965 to 1972, he served as Counsel and later Secretary to Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. Mr. Douglass was a member of several business and not-for-profit boards of directors and was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and a Trustee of The New York Public Library, The New York Botanical Garden and Dartmouth College.
Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen leads the administration's efforts to grow and diversify New York City's economy, invest in emerging industries across the five boroughs, build a new generation of affordable housing, and help New Yorkers secure good-paying jobs that can support a family. With more than 40 City agencies or authorities under her purview, Glen's portfolio includes: the Department of City Planning; the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development; the Economic Development Corporation; the Department of Consumer Affairs; the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment; the New York City Housing Authority: Small Business Services, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Recent examples of Glen's work to expand New York's economy and create higher paying jobs for New Yorkers, include: strategic investments of more than $200 million in the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Brooklyn Navy Yard innovation hubs; spearheading WENYC, an entrepreneurship initiative to equip women with the skills and resources they need to create and grow businesses; implementing Career Pathway, an overhaul of the $500 million workforce development system, to focus on an industry partnership model- such as the nationally recognized Tech Talent Pipeline-where real-time feedback from businesses informs training for New Yorkers who can then enter productive, good-paying careers.
In 2015, Glen launched the $150 million Life Sciences Funding Initiative to position New York City as a worldwide center of biotechnology, and has targeted industries from fashion to food manufacturing with a range of investments to help them adapt to changes in technology and compete in a global economy. Infrastructure investments, such as the launch of New York's first citywide ferry service and the installation of high speed broadband in emerging commercial corridors will further support the expansion of the innovation economy.
Glen is also leading the Administration's efforts to address the challenges facing the City's residential market, and directed the creation and is overseeing the implementation of Housing New York, the Administration's plan to build or preserve 200,000 affordable apartments by 2025. She recently oversaw the development of NextGeneration NYCHA, a pioneering plan to bring the New York City Housing Authority back from the brink of financial insolvency, and deliver long-deserved repairs and upgrades to the city's public housing, improving the quality of life for more than 400,000 low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.
Prior to joining the de Blasio Administration, Glen led the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, where she oversaw more than $3 billion in socially responsible real estate property and companies across the United States, and was responsible for structuring the first domestic Social Impact Bond. Glen has also worked as an attorney in the private and non-profit sectors, and was a senior official in the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development under Mayor Guiliani.
A life-long New Yorker, Ms. Glen is a graduate of Amherst College and Columbia Law School, and lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and two daughters.
CATHERINE MCVAY HUGHES Top
Catherine McVay Hughes is the former Manhattan Community Board 1 Chair and has served as a member of Community Board 1 for two decades. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School. Catherine McVay Hughes has provided over 25 years of service in lower Manhattan including serving on various boards and committees including the World Trade Center Scientific Technical Advisory Committee, NY Rising Co-Chair, Trust for Governors Island, Manhattan CB1 Resiliency Task Force, School Overcrowding Taskforce, WTC Health Program Survivors Steering Committee.
THOMAS S. JOHNSON Top
Thomas S. Johnson served as the Chairman and CEO of GreenPoint Financial Corp. and GreenPoint Bank from 1993 until he retired in 2004. Prior to that he served as President and Director of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. and also Chemical Bank, where he held various positions including President and Director.
Mr. Johnson received an AB in Economics from Trinity College in 1962 and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School in 1964. He then became an instructor at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Between 1966 and 1969 he was Special Assistant to the Comptroller in the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C.
He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Education and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United States-Japan Foundation. He is also a Director of Alleghany Corporation, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. Inc., Freddie Mac, North Fork Bank and The Phoenix Companies, Inc.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Johnson also serves on a number of not-for-profit boards including The Inner City Scholarship Fund, United Way of New York City, World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and WNET Channel 13, New York.
He is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trinity College and of the Union Theological Seminary. Mr. Johnson is also a former member of the Group of Thirty, Consultative Group on International Economic & Monetary Affairs; and of the Boards of the Prudential Life Insurance Company of America, Online Resources Corporation and The Asia Society.
Mr. Johnson and his wife, Ann, have three children, Tom, Scott, and Margaret (Scott was killed in the WTC attack 9/11/01.)
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Carl Weisbrod was appointed as Director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission by Mayor Bill de Blasio in March, 2014. Weisbrod has more than 35 years of experience serving the people of New York. He has left his mark on some of the city’s most dynamic and fastest-growing neighborhoods.
Weisbrod’s service in government extends back to the Lindsay administration, which he joined as a young lawyer at the Department of Relocation. He was appointed by Mayor Koch to spearhead the city’s efforts to transform Times Square, and he also served as the Executive Director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chairman of the New York City Loft Board. As president of New York State’s 42nd Street Development Project, Weisbrod led the effort to revitalize Times Square, transforming it into a global hub for tourism and entertainment.
Under Mayor Dinkins, Weisbrod was the Founding President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he negotiated the United States Tennis Association’s 99-year lease in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park—regarded as one of the most beneficial municipal sports deals in the nation—as well as the transaction that brought Harlem its first major supermarket, the Pathmark on 125th Street.
Mayor Bloomberg appointed him as a Director of the Trust for Governors Island and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, where he helped lead the post-9/11 recovery of downtown neighborhoods. That tenure overlapped with his 10 years as the founding president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, the largest business improvement district in the nation, setting in motion the evolution of the financial district from an area dominated by daytime office workers into a thriving 24-7 neighborhood.
Weisbrod also served as the President of the real estate division of Trinity Church. He is a former Trustee of the Ford Foundation and the Urban Land Institute. He was previously a partner at the firm HR&A from 2011 through February, 2014, where he managed the successful rezoning of the Hudson Square area in Manhattan into a dynamic hub for creative industries and new housing, including up to 700 affordable units.
On his appointment, Weisbrod said, “I love this city. I’ve spent my entire career revitalizing its neighborhoods and making sure New Yorkers were the ones who benefited from good growth in their communities. We have such an enormous opportunity to put people to work in good-paying jobs, build affordable homes, and create stronger, more resilient communities—but that demands an approach that doesn’t let a single tool sit idle. We are committed to striking tough bargains and making farsighted decisions that protect New Yorkers and help us build a stronger city.”
Weisbrod grew up in Parkchester and Fresh Meadows, and he is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University’s School of Law. He currently lives on Roosevelt Island with his wife, Jody Adams, a retired family court judge.