The Women's Committee is a group of dynamic women who are dedicated to the beautification and preservation of Central Park. Founded in 1983 by four visionary women, the Women's Committee has been instrumental in increasing awareness and raising funds for many Park projects including the reconstruction of the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, the renovation of Safari Playground, and recreation of the urns at Bow Bridge. The Women's Committee raises 15 percent of Central Park Conservancy's $67 million annual, Park-wide budget.
The Women’s Committee is proud to host four of New York’s premier charitable events: the Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon, the Fall Luncheon, the Annual Family Party in Heckscher Playground, and the Playground Partners Winter Luncheon. With a membership of over 800, the Committee is responsible for the operation of many Park-wide programs including Adopt-A-Bench, Tree Trust, Playground Partners, Tulips and Daffodils, Perimeter Association, and Conservancy Docents.
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Suzie Aijala was elected President of the Women’s Committee on June 1, 2016 for a two-year term. Suzie is a fifth generation New Yorker and grew up playing school sports in Central Park. She has been an active participant of the Women’s Committee since 2003 and became a member of the Women’s Committee Board in 2011.
She has held the roles of Executive Vice President, Vice President and Secretary prior to her current role. She has also served as a Chairman of the Women’s Committee Fall Luncheon and was a Chairman of the 2016 Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon.
In addition to the Women’s Committee, Suzie sits on the Board of the Irish Repertory Theatre, Carnegie Hill Neighbors Association, and her cooperative board.
Suzie had a 16 year career in both consulting and the insurance industry working with Deloitte, MetLife, and UNUM. Suzie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Catholic University of America and lives on the Park with her husband and son.