Meet Our Team

The Institute’s team of experts are available to answer inquiries and provide resources related to the day-to-day management of urban parks and the nuances of running an effective public-private partnership. Contact us directly, or fill out the inquiry form below.

Maura  Lout

Maura Lout

Executive Director
Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks

Ms. Lout oversees the Institute’s work to provide thought leadership and professional development programming to urban park professionals. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she developed and managed strategy and programming for a variety of organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, The Museum of the City of New York, and New Yorkers for Parks.
Christopher  Cousino

Christopher Cousino

Director of Program Administration

Christopher Cousino oversees the Institute’s national programs, developing engagements and strategic initiatives with urban park managers, organizations, and agencies throughout the country. He previously spent more than a decade managing landscapes and operations staff in Central Park.
Salmaan  Khan

Salmaan Khan

Director of NYC Programs

Salmaan Khan is the Director of NYC Programs for the Institute for Urban Parks. He oversees the Institute’s work with New York City-based groups and individuals through programs like the NYC Partnerships Lab, which helps organizations build their capacity to plan, develop, and maintain great public spaces. He previously served as the Manager of Capital Projects and Planning at Friends of the High Line, the nonprofit conservancy that maintains and operates the High Line park.
Philip  Silva

Philip Silva

Director of Continuing Education & Research

Dr. Philip Silva is the Director of Continuing Education & Research at the Institute for Urban Parks. He has more than a decade of experience in the fields of adult learning, participatory research, and nonprofit management. Dr. Silva oversees the design and facilitation of online and in-person professional development initiatives, including the Urban Park Leadership Program and the online Certificate in Urban Park Management.

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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.

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