Hugo Barreca
Mr. Barreca is a financial and legal specialist focusing on financial planning, contract and deal negotiations, and legal affairs. His corporate experience includes senior positions with Time Inc., The New York Times, and Proclivity Systems, Inc. He currently serves as the president of a non-profit, grant-making foundation. He holds an MBA from New York University and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

Alison Bauer
Ms. Bauer, a former program officer at the J.M. Kaplan Fund, has devoted the past 15 years to working with foundations and other philanthropic organizations.

Theodore S. Berger
Mr. Berger is a leader in the New York arts community. He was the Executive Director of the New York Foundation for the Arts for over thirty years and is currently the Treasurer of the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Anne Edgar
Ms. Edgar is a noted public relations consultant based in New York who has publicized exhibitions, museums, expansions, cultural festivals, awards programs, books and other projects for nonprofit organizations around the United States for more than 25 years. For the last thirteen years, she has headed her own company, Anne Edgar Associates. Prior to joining the board of directors, Anne provided public relations services for Making Midtown and Intersections: Grand Concourse Beyond 100.

Paul Gangsei
Mr. Gangsei is a real estate partner in the New York office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a leading national law firm. In addition to general commercial practice, he has particular expertise in representing not-for-profit educational, healthcare, social service and cultural institutions and public entities in real estate and development transactions. Paul is a founding member of the Board of the Heart of Brooklyn Cultural Consortium and currently serves on the Board of Trustees, as well as on the Leadership Council of the Support Center for Nonprofit Management. He holds a JD from New York University School of Law and studied urban planning at NYU's Wagner School.

Ann Harakawa
Ms. Harakawa is the Principal of Two Twelve, a public information design firm that develops sustainable, user-centered designs to help people understand an increasingly complicated world. At Two Twelve, Ann has led projects for clients like the Office of the Mayor of New York, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, and Citigroup. Ms. Harakawa serves on the Board of the Art Directors Club and in 2011, was appointed to the Japanese American National Museum Board of Governors. In 2012, she received the prestigious Asian Women in Business Award.

Marc Heiman, Treasurer
Mr. Heiman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Richter+Ratner, a construction firm known for its ability to execute the most challenging projects. Prior to joining R+R, Mr. Heiman was the Vice President of Sciame Construction. During his 21-year career in the industry he has overseen a variety of projects, including educational institutions (Parsons The New School, Lycée Français), retail flagships (Uniqlo, Bulgari), religious institutions (Central Synagogue) and expansion projects (Harvard Club).

John Keenen
Mr. Keenen is a founding partner in the architecture and design firm K/R (Keenen/Riley), which was started with Terry Riley in 1984. The firm has offices in New York and Miami, and in 2007, published a monograph entitled "K/R: Projects/Writings/Buildings." John has taught architecture and planning over the past 25 years at various universities, including RISD, Harvard, and Parsons The New School for Design.

Stephen Maharam
Mr. Maharam is a principal of Maharam, a textile firm that is committed to the implementation of progressive environmental practices as a matter of corporate and design philosophy.

Zack McKown
Mr. McKown is a co-founder of TsAO & McKOWN Architects. Tsao & McKown are known for designing a wide range of projects internationally, from large-scale, mixed-use developments, such as the $1.6 billion Suntec City in Singapore, to residential buildings, hotels, individual residences, furniture, and product design.

Paula J. Mueller
, Secretary
Ms. Mueller is a Managing Director and the Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel of Rockefeller & Co., as well as the Director of Human Resources. Prior to joining the firm in 1989, she was an attorney for 15 years with Willkie Farr & Gallagher, a New York law firm, where she was a litigation partner. She holds a B.A. in history from Cornell University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.

Eric Rothman
Mr. Rothman is President of HR&A Advisors, Inc. (HR&A), an industry-leading real estate, economic development and energy efficient consulting firm. Eric is a nationally-renowned expert in transportation planning, transit-oriented development, and economic development. He was a Design Trust fellow for Taxi 07 in 2006, served on the Design Trust's project selection jury in 2009, and most recently, produced a comprehensive analysis of the Garment District's real estate dynamics, zoning and finances for Making Midtown.

Susanna Sirefman
Ms. Sirefman is president of Dovetail Design Strategists, a firm that formulates and implements competitive strategies to hire the best professionals to design and construct contemporary built-environment projects. Trained as an architect, Susanna is a contributing editor to Surface magazine and has written six books, including the recent title Modern Shoestring: Contemporary Architecture on a Budget.

Sylvia Smith
Ms. Smith, a principal with FXFOWLE Architects, PC, directs the firm’s educational and cultural work. Past projects include the New School University's Knowledge Union Technology Center, the Blackrock Forest Center for Science and Education, and an award-winning renovation for the American Craft Museum.

Claire Weisz
Ms. Weisz, an architect, worked in the offices of Charles W. Moore and Agrest and Gandelsonas prior to establishing her practice, WXY Architecture + Urban Design with Mark Yoes. She has taught at Columbia University, Yale School of Architecture, the Pratt Institute, the City College of New York, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Claire served as a co-editor of AD and was previously the co-executive director of the Design Trust for Public Space.

Andrea Woodner, President and Founder
Ms. Woodner owns real estate in New York. She is trained as an architect and practices sculpture. Andrea serves on the Visiting Committee of the Morgan Library and the Architecture and Design Committee of the Museum of Modern Art.
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