Meet our Team

The Institute’s team of experts are available to answer inquiries and provide resources related to the care of urban parks and the nuances of park nonprofits and public-private partnerships.

Team Members

  • Institute for Urban Parks

    Maura Lout

    Executive Director
  • Institute for Urban Parks

    ​Grey Elam

    Director of New York City Programs
  • Institute for Urban Parks

    Sarah Tracy

    Director of National Programs
  • Institute for Urban Parks

    Sophie Neuhaus

    National Programs Coordinator
  • Institute for Urban Parks

    Michael Gonzales

    Director of Program Administration
  • Institute for Urban Parks

    Molly Kerker

    Director of Continuing Education
  • Institute for Urban Parks

    Michelle Mueller-Gamez

    Manager of Climate Change Research
  • Institute for Urban Parks

    Steven Thomson

    Director of Thought Leadership

Advisory Board

Central Park Conservancy Trustees:
Ira M. Millstein, Esq.
Judy Carson
Michael Grobstein

Additional Members:
Adrian Benepe, President and CEO, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
William B. Eimicke, Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs and founding director of the Picker Center for Executive Education of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs
Rose Harvey, Executive Director, City Parks

Summer Great Lawn Central Park credit the Central Park Conservancy
Institute for Urban Parks

Have a Question?

Institute staff use their expertise to respond to inquiries primarily related to the field of urban park management and the nuances of managing an effective public-private park partnership with governmental entities.