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

  • Bill Ford
    William E. Ford
    Co-Chair, Partnership for New York City
    Chief Executive Officer, General Atlantic

    As CEO of General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, Bill Ford has over 25 years of experience investing in and helping to build leading growth companies including IHS Markit, e*Trade, Priceline, and First Republic Bank. Under Mr. Ford’s leadership, General Atlantic has expanded its global presence, increased its capital base, and deepened its […]

    As CEO of General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, Bill Ford has over 25 years of experience investing in and helping to build leading growth companies including IHS Markit, e*Trade, Priceline, and First Republic Bank. Under Mr. Ford’s leadership, General Atlantic has expanded its global presence, increased its capital base, and deepened its capabilities to identify and partner with high-potential growth companies across multiple business sectors and geographies.

    Mr. Ford joined General Atlantic in 1991 and became CEO in 2007. He serves on the boards of several current portfolio companies, including IHS Markit and Tory Burch. He was formerly a director of prior General Atlantic investments, including First Republic Bank, NYSE Euronext, e*Trade, Priceline, and NYMEX. Mr. Ford is chairman of General Atlantic’s Executive Committee and is a member of the firm’s Investment and Portfolio Committees.

    Mr. Ford is involved with a number of educational and not-for-profit organizations. He is a member of the boards of Rockefeller University, where he is Chair, The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Lincoln Center. Mr. Ford is active in business education serving as a member of the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management. From 2001 to 2013, he was a trustee of Amherst College and currently serves on the Investment Committee for the College’s endowment.

    Mr. Ford serves on the Executive Committee of the Partnership for New York City, the Board of Directors of BlackRock, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and Endeavor. He is also a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, The New York State Life Science Advisory Board, and The Steering Committee for The CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion.

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  • Steven R. Swartz
    Co-Chair, Partnership for New York City
    President & CEO, Hearst

    Steven R. Swartz became president and chief executive officer of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies, on June 1, 2013, having worked for the company for more than 20 years and served as its chief operating officer since 2011. Hearst’s major interests include ownership in cable television networks such […]

    Steven R. Swartz became president and chief executive officer of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies, on June 1, 2013, having worked for the company for more than 20 years and served as its chief operating officer since 2011.

    Hearst’s major interests include ownership in cable television networks such as A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime and ESPN; global financial services leader Fitch Group; Hearst Health, a group of medical information and services businesses; transportation assets including CAMP Systems International, a major provider of software-as-a-service solutions for managing maintenance of jets and helicopters; 33 television stations such as WCVB-TV in Boston, Massachusetts, and KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California, which reach a combined 19 percent of U.S. viewers; newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle and Albany Times Union, more than 300 magazines around the world including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Men’s Health and Car and Driver; digital services businesses such as iCrossing and KUBRA; and investments in emerging digital entertainment companies such as Complex Networks.

    Swartz, 57, is a member of the Hearst board of directors, a trustee of the Hearst Family Trust and a director of the Hearst Foundations.

    He was president of Hearst Newspapers from 2009 to 2011 and executive vice president from 2001 to 2008. From 1995 to 2000, Swartz was president and chief executive of SmartMoney, a magazine venture launched by Hearst and The Wall Street Journal in 1991 with Swartz as founding editor. Under his leadership, SmartMoney magazine won two National Magazine Awards and was Advertising Age’s Magazine of the Year.

    Swartz began his career in 1984 as a reporter with The Wall Street Journal after graduating from Harvard. He served as an editor on the Journal’s Page One staff from 1989 to 1991.

    Swartz is chairman of the Associated Press and a member of the board of directors of ESPN and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where he is also chairman of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund and co-chairman of the Lincoln Center Business Advisory Council. He is a trustee of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, vice chairman of the Partnership for New York City and a member of the Business Roundtable.

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Partnership Officers

  • Catherine Engelbert
    Catherine Engelbert
    Secretary, Partnership for New York City
    Commissioner, WNBA
  • Deanna Mulligan
    Deanna M. Mulligan
    Vice Chair, 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
    CEO & Founder, AlleyCorp
  • George Walker
    George H. Walker
    Treasurer, Partnership for New York City
    Chairman & CEO, Neuberger Berman Group LLC
  • 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.

    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 the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the Fund for Public Schools, Manhattan Institute, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and the Governor’s NYC Regional Economic Development 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. She is a native of Madison, Wisconsin, a graduate of St. Olaf College, and resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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