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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  • 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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Partnership Officers

  • Catherine Engelbert
    Catherine Engelbert
    Vice Chair, Partnership for New York City
    Commissioner, WNBA
  • 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.

    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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