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

  • Ajay Banga
    Ajay Banga
    Co-Chair, Partnership for New York City
    President & CEO, Mastercard

    Ajay Banga is president and chief executive officer of Mastercard and a member of its board of directors. Mr. Banga is a member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and is a founding Trustee of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum. Mr. Banga is a member of the U.S.-India CEO Forum […]

    Ajay Banga is president and chief executive officer of Mastercard and a member of its board of directors.

    Mr. Banga is a member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and is a founding Trustee of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum. Mr. Banga is a member of the U.S.-India CEO Forum and co-chairs the board of directors of the American India Foundation. He served as a member of President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

    He was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the President of India in 2016. He is a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2012.

    Mr. Banga serves on the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable and the Financial Services Roundtable, as well as vice chairman of the Business Council. He is a member of the board of overseers of the Weill Cornell Medical College and the board of governors of the American Red Cross. Mr. Banga serves on the board of directors of The Dow Chemical Company.

    Prior to Mastercard, Mr. Banga was chief executive officer of Citigroup Asia Pacific. During his career at Citigroup, he held a variety of senior management roles in the United States, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He also oversaw the company’s efforts in microfinance.

    Mr. Banga began his career at Nestlé, India, where for 13 years he worked on assignments spanning sales, marketing and general management. He also spent two years with PepsiCo, where he was instrumental in launching its fast food franchises in India as the economy liberalized.

    He is a graduate of Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

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  • Michael Corbat
    Michael L. Corbat
    Co-Chair, Partnership for New York City
    Chief Executive Officer, Citigroup Inc.

    Michael L. Corbat is Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup, the world’s global bank, with approximately 200 million customer accounts and activities in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Since becoming CEO in 2012, he has focused on leveraging Citi’s unique global network to serve its institutional and consumer banking clients with an emphasis on strong […]

    Michael L. Corbat is Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup, the world’s global bank, with approximately 200 million customer accounts and activities in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions.

    Since becoming CEO in 2012, he has focused on leveraging Citi’s unique global network to serve its institutional and consumer banking clients with an emphasis on strong execution and the highest ethical standards. In the process, Mr. Corbat has made Citi a simpler, smaller, safer and stronger institution. Citi has improved the quality and consistency of earnings, and Mr. Corbat is committed to creating shareholder value by serving Citi’s stakeholders and fulfilling Citi’s mission of enabling economic growth and progress.

    Mr. Corbat has been at Citi and its predecessor companies since his graduation from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1983. Prior to his current role, Mr. Corbat was CEO of Europe, Middle East and Africa where he oversaw all of Citi’s business operations in the region, including consumer banking, corporate and investment banking, securities and trading and private banking services. Previously, Mr. Corbat served as the CEO of Citi Holdings, Citi’s portfolio of non-core businesses and assets. In this role, he oversaw the divestiture of more than 40 businesses and divested more than $500 billion assets, reducing risk on the Company’s balance sheet and freeing up capital to invest in Citi’s core banking business.

    Mr. Corbat has also served as the CEO of Citi’s Global Wealth Management unit and was Head of the Global Corporate and Global Commercial Bank at Citi, a role in which he led the firm’s efforts to provide best-in-class financial services to top-tier multi-national corporations and financial institutions around the world.

    Mr. Corbat has been honored by several civic and cultural organizations. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Partnership for New York City and sits on the Board of Trustees of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.

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Partnership Officers

  • Catherine Engelbert
    Catherine Engelbert
    Vice Chair, Partnership for New York City
    Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte
  • 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 & Founder, MongoDB, Zola, Workframe & Nomad Health
  • Steven R. Swartz
    Vice-Chair, Partnership for New York City
    President & CEO, Hearst
  • 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.

    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 the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the Fund for Public Schools, Manhattan Institute, 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.

    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 nonprofit 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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