Our Leadership

The Partnership is comprised of business leaders representing the diverse sectors and interests in New York City. Governed by a Board of Directors that oversees organizational operations, the Partnership forms strategic policy priorities to enhance the city’s economy based on the insights and expertise of the city’s largest private sector employers.

Co-Chairs

  • James Gorman
    James P. Gorman
    Chairman & CEO, Morgan Stanley

    James P. Gorman, 56, is Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley, a leading global financial services firm. He served from 2007 to 2009 as Co-President and Co-Head of Corporate Strategy. Mr. Gorman joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 as President and Chief Operating Officer of Global Wealth Management. Before that, he held a succession of executive […]

    James P. Gorman, 56, is Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley, a leading global financial services firm. He served from 2007 to 2009 as Co-President and Co-Head of Corporate Strategy. Mr. Gorman joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 as President and Chief Operating Officer of Global Wealth Management. Before that, he held a succession of executive positions at Merrill Lynch.

    Previously, Mr. Gorman was a senior partner of McKinsey & Co. and an attorney in Melbourne, Australia. Among his civic and industry activities, Mr. Gorman serves on the Federal Advisory Council to the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Business School, the Monetary Authority of Singapore International Advisory Panel, the Financial Services Forum, and the boards of the Partnership for New York City and Institute of International Finance.

    Mr. Gorman, who was born in Australia, earned a B.A. and law degree from the University of Melbourne and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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  • Stephen Schwarzman
    Stephen A. Schwarzman
    Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, Blackstone

    Stephen A. Schwarzman is Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone. Mr. Schwarzman has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its founding in 1985. The firm is a leading global asset manager with $334 billion Assets Under Management (as of September 30, 2015). Mr. Schwarzman is an active philanthropist with a history […]

    Stephen A. Schwarzman is Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone. Mr. Schwarzman has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its founding in 1985. The firm is a leading global asset manager with $334 billion Assets Under Management (as of September 30, 2015).

    Mr. Schwarzman is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting education and schools. Whether in business or in philanthropy, he has always attempted to tackle big problems and find transformative solutions. In 2015, Mr. Schwarzman donated $150 million to Yale University to establish the Schwarzman Center, a first-of-its-kind campus center in Yale’s historic “Commons” building. In 2013, he founded an international scholarship program, “Schwarzman Scholars,” at Tsinghua University in Beijing to educate future leaders about China. At $450 million, the program is modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship and is the single largest philanthropic effort in China’s history coming largely from international donors. In 2007, Mr. Schwarzman donated $100 million to the New York Public Library on whose board he serves.

    Mr. Schwarzman is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, The Business Council, The Business Roundtable, and The International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. He is a co-chair of the Partnership for New York City and serves on the board of The Asia Society and The Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is a Trustee of The Frick Collection in New York City and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2007, Mr. Schwarzman was included in TIME’s “100 Most Influential People.” Mr. Schwarzman was awarded the Légion d’Honneur of France in 2007 and promoted to Officier in 2010.

    Mr. Schwarzman holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Yale School of Management and on the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors. In 2012, he was awarded an Honorary Degree from Quinnipiac University.

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Partnership Officers

  • Candace Beinecke
    Candace K. Beinecke
    Vice Chair, Partnership for New York City
    Chair, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
  • Michael Corbat
    Michael L. Corbat
    Vice Chair, Partnership for New York City
    Chief Executive Officer, Citigroup Inc.
  • Klaus Kleinfeld
    Klaus Kleinfeld
    Vice Chair, Partnership for New York City
    Chairman & CEO, Alcoa Inc.
  • Deanna Mulligan
    Deanna M. Mulligan
    Secretary, Partnership for New York City
    President & CEO, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
  • Kevin Ryan
    Kevin P. Ryan
    Vice Chair, Partnership for New York City
    Chairman & CEO, AlleyCorp
  • George Walker
    George H. Walker
    Treasurer, Partnership for New York City
    Chairman & CEO, Neuberger Berman Group LLC
  • Kathryn Wylde
    Kathryn S. Wylde
    President and CEO, Partnership for New York City

    Kathryn Wylde is President and CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for New York City, the city’s leading business organization.  Its mission is to work with government, labor, and the civic sector to build a stronger New York, with a focus on education, infrastructure and the economy. Prior to taking over the Partnership presidency in 2001, […]

    Kathryn Wylde is President and CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for New York City, the city’s leading business organization.  Its mission is to work with government, labor, and the civic sector to build a stronger New York, with a focus on education, infrastructure and the economy.

    Prior to taking over the Partnership presidency in 2001, Wylde was the founding CEO of both the Partnership’s housing and investment fund affiliates.  From 1982 to 2000, she was responsible for developing and managing affordable housing and economic development programs that contributed to the renaissance of blighted urban neighborhoods across the five boroughs.  With the investment fund, she developed a network of business leaders and investors that nurtured the growth of the city’s “innovation economy,” creating thousands of jobs and promoting entrepreneurial business initiatives.

    During her tenure as CEO, the Partnership has played a prominent role in advocacy for mayoral control of the public school system and other education reforms, blueprints for new city and state economic development policies and programs, economic analyses that guided the city’s recovery from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, support for expanded investment in mass transit, and reforms of state fiscal and tax policies.

    Wylde is an internationally known expert in housing, economic development and urban policy.  She has received honorary degrees from Fordham University and St. Francis College and serves on a number of boards and advisory groups, including NYC Economic Development Corporation, NYC & Company, the Fund for Public Schools, US Trust Advisory Committee, the Manhattan Institute, the NYU Lutheran Medical Center, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), the Governor’s NYC Regional Economic Development Council and the Governor’s Business Regulation Council.  She has authored numerous articles and policy papers and has been recognized for her leadership by dozens of educational, professional and nonprofit institutions.

    Prior to joining the Partnership, Wylde worked in senior positions at the former Anchor Savings Bank and at Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

    Wylde is a native of Madison, Wisconsin, a graduate of St. Olaf College,’68, and resides in Brooklyn, New York.  Together with her husband, Wilfredo Lugo, she has a home in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, where she serves on several non profit boards.

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Partnership Fund Leadership

  • Charles Kaye
    Charles R. Kaye
    Co-Chairman, Partnership Fund for New York City
    Co-Chief Executive Officer, Warburg Pincus LLC

    Charles R. Kaye, co-chief executive officer, has been with Warburg Pincus since 1986 and has been jointly responsible for the management of the firm since 2000. Mr. Kaye lived in Hong Kong from 1994 to 1999, where he was instrumental in the launch and development of Warburg Pincus’ Asia operations.

    Charles R. Kaye, co-chief executive officer, has been with Warburg Pincus since 1986 and has been jointly responsible for the management of the firm since 2000. Mr. Kaye lived in Hong Kong from 1994 to 1999, where he was instrumental in the launch and development of Warburg Pincus’ Asia operations.

    Mr. Kaye is a graduate of the University of Texas, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and co-chairman of the Partnership Fund for New York City and the International Advisory Board of the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). He is the former chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council and The Asia Society. Mr. Kaye is also an investment committee member of Sheridan Production Partners.

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  • Henry Kravis
    Henry R. Kravis
    Co-Chairman, Founding Chairman,
    Partnership Fund for New York City
    Co-Chairman & Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

    Henry R. Kravis is co-founder, co-chairman, and co-chief executive officer of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company (KKR), a leading global investment firm. Mr. Kravis currently serves on the boards of First Data Corporation and the China International Capital Corporation. He also serves as a director, chairman emeritus, or trustee of several cultural, professional, and educational […]

    Henry R. Kravis is co-founder, co-chairman, and co-chief executive officer of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company (KKR), a leading global investment firm. Mr. Kravis currently serves on the boards of First Data Corporation and the China International Capital Corporation. He also serves as a director, chairman emeritus, or trustee of several cultural, professional, and educational institutions, including the Business Council (vice chairman), Claremont McKenna College, Columbia Graduate School of Business (co-chairman), Mount Sinai Hospital, the Partnership for New York City (past co-chairman), the Partnership Fund for New York City (founder and chairman), Rockefeller University (vice chairman), Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (chairman), and the Tsinghua School of Economics and Management. Mr. Kravis founded the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College and established the Kravis Prize in Leadership, which honors leadership in the non-profit sector. Mr. Kravis earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College and a masters degree in business administration from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

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  • Tarek Sherif
    Tarek Sherif
    Co-Chairman, Partnership Fund for New York City
    Chairman & CEO, Medidata Solutions, Inc.

    One of the founders of Medidata Solutions, Tarek has served as chief executive officer since 2001. Under his management, Medidata Solutions has become the leading provider of cloud-based clinical development solutions that life science organizations have relied on to support clinical trials in more than 115 countries. Medidata completed a successful IPO in June 2009 and today, is one of the leading global, New York City based technology companies.

    One of the founders of Medidata Solutions, Tarek has served as chief executive officer since 2001. Under his management, Medidata Solutions has become the leading provider of cloud-based clinical development solutions that life science organizations have relied on to support clinical trials in more than 115 countries. Medidata completed a successful IPO in June 2009 and today, is one of the leading global, New York City based technology companies.

    Tarek has founded and managed a variety of technology and services organizations. Prior to forming Medidata Solutions, Tarek was the managing member of a partnership focused on public and private investments in technology and life science companies. Previously, he co-managed a privately held equity fund specializing in publicly traded technology companies, including those in the healthcare and information technology fields. He has also served as assistant vice president of corporate finance at General Electric Capital Corporation, and mergers and acquisitions analyst at Brown Brothers Harriman & Company.

    Tarek received his B.A. in economics from Yale University in 1984. Following a career on Wall Street, Tarek attended Columbia Business School in 1991, where he earned a degree in business administration and finance and graduated first in a class of 650 students.

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  • Maria Gotsch
    Maria Gotsch
    President and CEO, Partnership Fund for New York City

    Maria is the President and CEO at the Partnership Fund for New York City,  the investment arm of the Partnership for New York City. In addition to leading the Fund’s investment operations, Maria has spearheaded the creation and operation of a number of the Fund’s strategic initiatives, including:  FinTech Innovation Lab; New York Digital Health […]

    Maria is the President and CEO at the Partnership Fund for New York City,  the investment arm of the Partnership for New York City. In addition to leading the Fund’s investment operations, Maria has spearheaded the creation and operation of a number of the Fund’s strategic initiatives, including:  FinTech Innovation Lab; New York Digital Health Accelerator; NYCSeed (seed financing for IT/digital media companies); BioAccelerate Prize NYC (proof-of-concept funding for university-based biomedical research); Arts Entrepreneurial Loan Fund (low cost loans for mid-size arts groups); and ReStart Central and Financial Recovery Fund (assistance and funding for small businesses impacted by 9/11/01).

    Prior to joining the Fund in 1999, Maria was a Managing Director at BT Wolfensohn (now part of Deutsche Bank), providing strategic and financial advice related to mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and the development of business strategies. Before starting with Wolfensohn, Maria worked at LaSalle Partners in the New York area and for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in New York and London. Maria has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Wellesley College. She was also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to study international relations at the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland.

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