Our Team

Our team is committed to ensuring that the city’s business community is well-informed and engaged with the city and its diverse communities.

Kathryn S. Wylde

President & CEO

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Natasha Avanessians

Vice President, Communications

Carson Avery

Senior Director, Government Affairs

Mindy Aviles Kelly

Senior Vice President, Partnership Fund for New York City

Michael Blaustein

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

Ashley Borrero

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Ben Chan


Peter Cohen

General Counsel, Partnership Fund for New York City

Josephine Cullen

Senior Director, Human Resources

Matthew DeGulis

Associate, Partnership Fund for New York City

Rodney D’Onofrio

Senior Director, Facilities

Jennifer Fine

Executive Vice President

Jared Giles

Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility

Anthony Giugliano

Chief Financial Officer

Maria Gotsch

President & CEO, Partnership Fund for New York City

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Rolanda Hannah

Senior Accountant

Michelle Headley

Facilities Assistant

Brook Jackson

Vice President, Policy

Vijay Krishnamurthy

Senior Portfolio Manager, Partnership Fund for New York City

Yasmin Lalani

Co-head, FinTech Innovation Lab

Fernanda Leon

Executive Assistant, Partnership Fund for New York City

Nicky Lineaweaver

Director, Research and Policy

Stacey Matlen

Director, Innovation Programs

Jennifer Mongiori

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility

Edward Overton


Merrill Pond

Executive Vice President

Ashanti Pratt

Director, Communications, Partnership Fund for New York City

Morena Rotondi

Executive Administrator

Barbara Scholl

Managing Director, Partnership Fund for New York City

Lauren Senore

Senior Director, Corporate Affairs

Adira Siman

Vice President & General Counsel

Pete Tien

Director, Information Technology

Shirley Wu, CFA

Associate, Partnership Fund for New York City

Roger Yeung


Kathryn S. Wylde

President & CEO

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.

Maria Gotsch

President & CEO, Partnership Fund for New York City

Maria is the President and CEO at the Partnership Fund for New York City. Prior to joining the Partnership 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 BA from Wellesley College.