Partnership for New York City Announces 35 David Rockefeller Fellows for 2018

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Annual Program Prepares Senior Business Executives for Civic Leadership

NEW YORK, NY, September 20, 2017 – The Partnership for New York City, the city’s leading business organization, has announced the 2018 class of  David Rockefeller Fellows. Thirty-five senior business executives will spend a year learning about the city and how to become more engaged as civic leaders.

The one-year program involves meetings and site visits that focus on enhancing business and civic leadership skills by engaging with top leaders in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. During the program, Fellows attend private meetings with leaders of government agencies and private organizations, such as the New York Police Department, the MTA, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Museum of Natural History. They benefit from candid discussions about the big challenges facing the city and how they are being managed.

The selected class is comprised of individuals who hold leadership positions at their companies and demonstrate a strong interest in learning more about political and civic issues. The 2018 class of fellows represents a diverse range of industries, including technology, law, financial services, real estate, media and health care.

Since the program was established in 1989, nearly 400 executives have participated as fellows. Upon completion, the new class will join an elite group of program alumni that includes John McAvoy, CEO and President of Con Edison; Jonathan Gray, Global Head of Real Estate at Blackstone; William Mulrow, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone and former Secretary to Governor Cuomo; and Alicia Glen, New York City Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development.

“This is the first year that David Rockefeller is not with us, making it more important than ever to carry on his legacy of business leadership and civic engagement,” said Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City. “We trust that the Fellows will gain a new appreciation for the complex responsibilities involved in running both public agencies and private companies and that they will be better citizens, making bigger contributions to the city, because of this experience.”

The 2017-2018 class of David Rockefeller Fellows includes:

Emma Bailey, Managing Director- Legal, Barclays PLC
Khary Barnes, Vice President, Global Corporate Payments, American Express Company
Kate Bicknell, Senior Vice President, Commercial & Residential Development, Forest City New York
Jonathon Blackwell, Director, SL Green Realty Corp.
Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, Citi
Melissa Carmichael, Senior Managing Director, Aon
Sarah Chen, Assistant Vice President & Senior Counsel, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Julia Czarniak, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Neil Dhar, Partner – Head of Financial Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Heather Dietrick, President & Publisher, The Daily Beast, IAC
Steven Glenn, Chief Financial Officer, Warburg Pincus LLC
Jared Hendricks, Senior Managing Director, Centerbridge Partners
Anna Klein, Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.
Andrew Komaroff, Chief Operating Officer, Neuberger Berman Group LLC
Deepak Krishnamurthy, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, SAP
Diane Kurtzman, Vice President, Human Resources – International & Corporate Groups, The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Laurie Ledford, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Edward Lee, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Paula Madoff, Advisory Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.
Jeffrey Mandel, Managing Director, Acquisitions, United States & New York, Tishman Speyer
Jillian McCarthy, Managing Director, Global Head of Financial Planning and Analysis, Perella Weinberg Partners
Kathleen McCarthy, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone
Jordan Murray, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Louise Pennington, Executive Vice President, Willis Towers Watson PLC
Gina Proia, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, CIT Group Inc.
Keith Rooney, Director, Community & Customer Management Downstate New York, National Grid
Adam Rosman, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, First Data Corporation
Sherif Sakr, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Robert Sanchez, Senior Vice President, Corporate Shared Services, Con Edison, Inc.
Pablo Sanchez, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, USA and Canada, HSBC Bank USA
Raj Seshadri, President, U.S. Issuers, North America, Mastercard
Manan Shah, Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Joan Steinberg, Managing Director, Global Head of Philanthropy, Morgan Stanley
Matthew Stopnik, Co-Head of U.S. Financial Sponsors, RBC Capital Markets, LLC
Andrew Topen, Vice President, Global Media Relations & Digital Communications, Pfizer Inc.

For more information about the program and the Fellows, visit

Partnership Fund portfolio company Petra Pharma announces research collaboration with Schrödinger

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Petra Pharma, a drug development company focused on novel enzyme targets, and Schrödinger, Inc., a privately-held company dedicated to revolutionizing drug discovery through advanced computational methods, today announced a research collaboration to develop new therapeutic treatment options for patients who suffer from cancer and metabolic diseases.

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Statement from the Partnership for New York City on Mayor de Blasio’s Proposed High-Earners Tax for MTA

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“Mayor de Blasio, who has vowed that the city will not share in the cost of MTA repair and upgrading, is suddenly proposing an additional tax on those New Yorkers who already carry a huge tax burden and are widely considered flight risks. The Partnership is not against everyone paying their share: we supported the extension of the so-called Millionaire’s tax when the state was in fiscal trouble; we led business support for the MTA payroll tax, which was supposed to close the budget gap. But when the city has a budget surplus and is spending on arguably frivolous items such as subsidized ferry rides for tourists, there is no rationale for an MTA income tax. The Mayor has previously suggested that city residents are already paying more than their fair share and that there is need for greater transparency on the MTA budget. Now he is prepared to throw the city’s high earners under the bus. If the Mayor’s tax proposal were to be enacted, New York would be about even with California in imposing the highest income taxes in the country. This is simply not a sustainable situation if we expect the city to attract top talent and business investment, particularly with the pending threat of federal tax reform that may eliminate deductions for state and local taxes,” said Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City.

Statement from the Partnership for New York City on MTA Leadership Appointments

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“As President of the MTA, Patrick Foye is a great addition to the strong team that Governor Cuomo has put in place to deal with the challenges of our aging and capacity-strained transit system. Foye brings deep knowledge of how to leverage the resources of the private sector to achieve a modern, high functioning system. The newly established Office of the Chairman with Managing Director Veronique Hakim and Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber demonstrates the MTA’s renewed commitment to improving service, ensuring a reliable modern subway system for riders, and transforming the culture of the MTA into a less bureaucratic and more entrepreneurial agency,” said Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City.

Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Public-Private Partnership Transit Initiative

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“Governor Cuomo’s initiative to create a public-private partnership to help improve the subway system is what has long been needed. Our city’s private and nonprofit sectors have expertise and resources that will supplement what government is doing, bring innovative ideas and expand support for the tough steps that are needed to modernize the system and generate more revenues. This is the kind of forward-thinking leadership we need to continue the success of public-private partnerships throughout the city. New York City is transforming into a 21st-century economic hub, and companies are coming from across the globe to set up shop here in the Empire State. Thanks to the previous remarkable success of public-private partnerships, major companies have already signed on to this initiative to ensure its success. By allowing this opportunity for companies and individuals to get even more involved, we can only expect a stronger, better New York for generations of workers,” said Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City.

Statement on the MTA’s 30-Day Plan

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“The laser focus on repair, clean-up and preventive maintenance in the 30-Day Plan issued today by MTA Chairman Joe Lhota illustrates why he enjoys the confidence of the business community. This is the first step in what will be a challenging process of making New York’s subway system as reliable and well-equipped as those of other great world cities. The private sector is prepared to partner with the city and state to respond to what amounts to a significant crisis in our transit system and commit the resources required to support a first class system. Our region’s $1.5 trillion economy depends on an efficient and cost effective transit system. It is everyone’s responsibility — the City and the State — in this moment to work together toward a solution. We congratulate Chairman Lhota and the Governor for aggressively taking charge of the MTA’s modernization and upkeep,“ said Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City.

Statement from the Partnership for New York City on DEIS Release for the Gateway Program

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“The New York business community considers Gateway our top priority infrastructure project. It will provide essential connectivity between the global financial and commercial center in New York City with the rest of America west of the Hudson River.  We are confident that the Trump Administration understands that this is a project of national significance and intends to partner with us in ensuring its timely completion,” said Kathryn S. Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City.