Board of Directors

Our board represents a significant network of New York City’s business leaders with wide representation across sectors and industries.

CO-CHAIRS

Rob Speyer

Co-Chair, Partnership for New York City

President & CEO, Tishman Speyer

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Steven R. Swartz

Co-Chair, Partnership for New York City

President & CEO, Hearst

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Rob Speyer

Co-Chair, Partnership for New York City

President & CEO, Tishman Speyer

Rob Speyer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tishman Speyer. Over the past decade, Rob has led the firm’s global expansion, doubling its assets under management to over $65 billion, delivering more than 50 million square feet of mixed-use development and redevelopment projects globally, and adding more than 13,000 units to its residential portfolio and development pipeline. Today, Tishman Speyer serves the needs of nearly 1,800 industry-leading customers in 30 markets around the world.

Rob has driven the firm’s growth and entry into new markets across the U.S., Asia, Europe and Latin America, and the development of innovative new business lines. His accomplishments at Tishman Speyer include:

  • Working with leading architects around the globe, Rob has spearheaded new residential, office and mixed-use developments in the world’s most vibrant cities, from San Francisco, New York and Boston to Frankfurt, Berlin, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
  • Rob’s vision for distinctive, progressive place-making has led to new development partnerships with such institutions as Harvard University, the San Francisco Giants, the San Diego Padres and Beijing Capital Steel to create the next generation of dynamic, large-scale urban neighborhoods.
  • Rob co-founded Breakthrough Properties, a life science real estate investment, development, and operations firm that uses cross-sector collaboration to deliver modern environments in support of scientific research, innovation, and discoveries. Breakthrough is a Tishman Speyer joint venture with Bellco Capital.
  • Over the last 25 years, he has led Tishman Speyer’s reinvention of the iconic Rockefeller Center in New York City and its over 6 million rentable square feet, capped by the creation of Top of the Rock, one of the world’s most successful observation decks.
  • In 2012, Rob directed Tishman Speyer’s launch of a RMB-denominated real estate fund, the first ever sponsored by a non-Chinese company. To date, the company has successfully closed on 9 RMB funds with total equity raised of RMB 13 billion.
  • Rob has leveraged Tishman Speyer’s global portfolio and vertically integrated platform to make venture capital investments in 19 promising early-stage proptech firms over the past 3 years.
  • In 2020, he led Tishman Speyer’s successful launch of a proptech-focused SPAC, the first sponsored by a major real estate company.
  • Rob has also championed a range of initiatives designed to enhance the health, productivity and quality of life of Tishman Speyer’s customers and local communities, including the tenant amenities platform ZO. and Studio, its flexible office and co-working brand.

Rob serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. In 2013, he became the youngest ever Chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York, the city’s premier industry association, and served in the role for five years. He also serves on the Board of The City, a nonprofit digital news platform.

Rob is active on the Board of Trustees of NewYork-Presbyterian, where he serves on the Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Real Estate Committee, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where he was Co-Chairman of the Construction Committee overseeing the New York City landmark’s restoration and renovation. He is also Vice Chair of the Shanghai Mayor’s International Business Leaders Advisory Council. An emeritus member of the Board of Visitors at Columbia College, Rob graduated magna cum laude from Columbia in 1992 and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

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 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, and nearly 250 magazine editions around the world, including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Men’s Health and Car and Driver, and digital services businesses such as iCrossing and KUBRA.

Swartz, 59, 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 co-chairman of the Partnership for New York City. He is a vice chairman of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where he also chairs the budget and finance committee. He is a member of the executive committee of the board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where he also chairs the revenue committee. He is a member of the board of directors of ESPN and is a member of the Business Roundtable.

PARTNERSHIP OFFICERS

Catherine Engelbert

Secretary, Partnership for New York City

Commissioner, WNBA

Jane Fraser

Vice Chair, Partnership for New York City

Chief Executive Officer, Citi

Kewsong Lee

Vice Chair, Partnership for New York City

Founder & Managing Partner, Waterfront Partners LLC

Kevin P. Ryan

Vice Chair, Partnership for New York City

Founder & CEO, AlleyCorp

George H. Walker

Treasurer, Partnership for New York City

Chairman & CEO, Neuberger Berman Group LLC

Kathryn S. Wylde

President & CEO, Partnership for New York City

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Kathryn S. Wylde

President & 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, 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.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jeffrey H. Aronson

Managing Principal

Centerbridge Partners

Robert Bakish

President & CEO

Paramount

Neil Barr

Chair & Managing Partner

Davis Polk & Wardell LLP

Jeff T. Blau

Chief Executive Officer

The Related Companies, L.P.

Albert Bourla

Chairman & CEO

Pfizer Inc.

Timothy Cawley

Chairman, President & CEO

Con Edison

Jamie Dimon

Chairman & CEO

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Carmine Di Sibio

Global Chairman & CEO

Ernst & Young LLP

Blair W. Effron

Co-Founder

Centerview Partners

Catherine Engelbert

Commissioner

WNBA

Laurence D. Fink

Chairman & CEO

BlackRock

William E. Ford

Chairman & CEO

General Atlantic LLC

Jane Fraser

Chief Executive Officer

Citi

Jeff Gennette

Chairman & CEO

Macy's, Inc.

Dan Glaser

President & CEO

Marsh McLennan

Barry M. Gosin

Chief Executive Officer

Newmark

Evan G. Greenberg

Chairman & CEO

Chubb

Kenneth M. Jacobs

Chairman & CEO

Lazard

Brad S. Karp

Chair

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Charles R. Kaye

Chief Executive Officer

Warburg Pincus LLC

Henry R. Kravis

Co-Founder & Executive Co-Chairman

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Kewsong Lee

Founder & Managing Partner

Waterfront Partners LLC

Martin Lipton

Senior Partner

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Peter W. May

President & Founding Partner

Trian Partners

Andrew McMahon

CEO & President

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

John Paulson

President

Paulson & Co., Inc.

Debbie Perelman

President & CEO

Revlon, Inc.

Charles E. Phillips, Jr.

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

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Steven L. Rattner

Chairman & CEO

Willett Advisors LLC

Steven Rubenstein

President

Rubenstein Communications, Inc.

Kevin P. Ryan

Founder & CEO

AlleyCorp

Alan D. Schnitzer

Chairman & CEO

The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Alan D. Schwartz

Executive Chairman

Guggenheim Partners, LLC

Stephen A. Schwarzman

Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder

Blackstone

Joshua Silverman

Chief Executive Officer

Etsy, Inc.

David M. Solomon

Chairman & CEO

Goldman Sachs

Jeffrey M. Solomon

Chair & CEO

Cowen

Rob Speyer

President & CEO

Tishman Speyer

Robert K. Steel

Vice Chairman

Perella Weinberg Partners

Steven R. Swartz

President & CEO

Hearst

James S. Tisch

President & CEO

Loews Corporation

Joseph Ucuzoglu

Chief Executive Officer

Deloitte

George H. Walker

Chairman & CEO

Neuberger Berman Group LLC

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

In Memoriam: David Rockefeller

1915-2017

Lee S. Ainslie, III

Managing Partner

Maverick Capital

Glenn R. August

Founder & CEO

Oak Hill Advisors L.P.

Jack Azagury

Group Chief Executive, Strategy & Consulting

Accenture

Candace K. Beinecke

Senior Partner

Huges Hubbard & Reed LLP

Stephen Berger

Chairman

Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC

William H. Berkman

Co-Chairman & CEO

Radius Global Infrastructure, Inc.

Kathy Bloomgarden

Chief Executive Officer

Ruder Finn, Inc.

Marty Burger

Chief Executive Officer

Silverstein Properties, Inc.

H. Rodgin Cohen

Senior Chairman

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Marc Cooper

Chief Executive Officer

Solomon Partners

Joanne Crevoiserat

Chief Executive Officer

Tapestry, Inc.

Anthony J. de Nicola

Chairman

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Craig DeSanto

President & CEO

New York Life Insurance Company

Douglas Durst

Chairman

Durst Organization Inc.

Joel S. Ehrenkranz

Partner & Co-Founder

Ehrenkranz Partners L.P.

Winston C. Fisher

Partner

Fisher Brothers

Dexter Goei

Executive Chairman

Altice USA

Timothy Gokey

Chief Executive Officer

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

James P. Gorman

Chairman & CEO

Morgan Stanley

Efraim Grinberg

Chairman & CEO

Movado Group, Inc.

Brett Hart

President

United Airlines, Inc.

Robin Hayes

Chief Executive Officer

JetBlue Airways Corporation

Liz Hilton Segel

Global Leader, Industry Practices

McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Michel A. Khalaf

President & CEO

MetLife, Inc.

Linda Kirkpatrick

President, North America

Mastercard

Paul Knopp

U.S. Chairman & CEO

KPMG LLP

Philippe Krakowsky

Chief Executive Officer

Interpublic Group

William P. Lauder

Executive Chairman

The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

Paul Lavelle

Head of U.S. National Accounts

Zurich Insurance Group Ltd

Rochelle B. Lazarus

Chairman Emeritus

Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide

Harrison T. LeFrak

Vice Chairman & Managing Partner

LeFrak

Joey Levin

Chief Executive Officer

IAC

Allan Levine

Chairman & CEO

Global Atlantic Financial Company

Bob Lord

IBM Senior Vice President,

Weather Company & Alliances

Howard W. Lutnick

Chairman & CEO

Cantor Fitzgerald L.P.

Roger Lynch

Chief Executive Officer

Condé Nast

Tracy V. Maitland

President

Advent Capital Management, LLC

Joel S. Marcus

Executive Chairman & Founder

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Lynn Martin

President

NYSE

Raymond J. McGuire

Former Vice Chairman

Citi

Heidi Messer

Co-Founder & Chairperson

Collective[i]

Alden Millard

Chair, Executive Committee

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Edward J. Minskoff

Chairman & CEO

Edward J. Minskoff Equities, Inc.

Ken Moelis

Chairman & CEO

Moelis & Company

Greg Mondre

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Silver Lake

Deanna M. Mulligan

Chief Executive Officer

Purposeful

Douglas L. Peterson

President & CEO

S&P Global

Michael A. Peterson

Chairman & CEO

Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Deirdre Quinn

Co-Founder & CEO

Lafayette 148 New York

Christiana Riley

Chief Executive Officer

Deutsche Bank Americas

Michael M. Roberts

President & CEO

HSBC Bank USA

James D. Robinson, III

Co-Founder & General Partner

RRE Ventures

Steven Roth

Chairman & CEO

Vornado Realty Trust

Mitchell E. Rudin

Chairman & CEO

Savills Inc.

William C. Rudin

Co-Chairman & CEO

Rudin Management Company, Inc.

Tim Ryan

U.S. Chair & Senior Partner

PwC

Faiza Saeed

Presiding Partner

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Scott Salmirs

President & CEO

ABM Industries Inc.

Martin Schroeter

Chairman & CEO

Kyndryl

Caryn Seidman-Becker

Chairman & CEO

CLEAR

Suzanne Shank

President & CEO

Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC

Stephen J. Squeri

Chairman & CEO

American Express

Paul J. Taubman

Chairman & CEO

PJT Partners Inc.

Jose Tavarez

President, New York City & Vice Chair

Bank of America

Paul Todd

Chief Executive Officer

GLG

Robin Vince

President & CEO

BNY Mellon

David Winter

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Standard Industries Inc.

Rudolph Wynter

President, NY

National Grid

Peter Zaffino

Chairman & CEO

American International Group, Inc.

David M. Zaslav

President & CEO

Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc.

Strauss Zelnick

Partner

ZMC

James Zelter

Co-President

Apollo Global Management, Inc.

EX-OFFICIO

Sophia Hudson

Partner

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Richard Jeanneret

Former Americas Vice Chair

Ernst & Young LLP

Charles Weinstein

Chief Executive Officer

Eisner Advisory Group LLC