The Conservancy’s board and senior leadership work together toward the common goal of preserving and enhancing Central Park for future generations.

Elizabeth W. Smith

President & CEO

Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith was appointed in March 2018 as President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy where she oversees strategic planning, park operations, capital programming, public programming, development, and marketing and communication strategies.

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Stephen Spinelli

Chief Financial Officer

Mary Caraccioli

Chief Communications and Engagement Officer

Roger Mosier

Chief of Park Operations

Christopher Atkinson

Vice President for Finance

Senior Leadership

Margaret Asaro

Vice President for Park Maintenance & Facilities

Andrea Buteau

Vice President of Visitor Experience

John Dillon

Vice President for Landscape Management

Josh Ehrlich

Vice President of Information Technology

Olivia Freeland

Vice President for Construction

Abby Healy

Vice President for Development & Campaign Co-Director

Sandra Huber

Executive Director for Capital Projects

Tricia Kang

Vice President for Digital Experience

Diane Jackier Kestenbaum

Vice President for Program Management

Nick Koster

Vice President for Design

Matt Lawyue

Vice President of Communications

Suzanne Pennasilico

Vice President for People and Culture

David Saltonstall

Vice President for Government Relations, Policy & Community Affairs

Erica Sopha

Vice President for Park Use & Stewardship

Leah Day VanHorn

Chief of Staff & Vice President of Strategic Initiatives



Board of Trustees

July 2023

Thomas L. Kempner, Jr.

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Jane Bayard

Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees

Michael Grobstein


Kenneth H. Heitner, Esq.

Secretary and General Counsel

Elizabeth W. Smith +

Judy Hart Angelo

Elizabeth H. Atwood

Jeff T. Blau

Frank Carone #

Judy Carson

Richard Cashin

Martin Cohen

Andrew Davis

Dr. Angela Diaz ^

Dr. Thelma Dye ^

Ben Ellencweig

Glenn Fuhrman

Bennett Goodman

Nicholas A. Gravante, Jr. #

Anne S. Harrison

Jane Heller

Damaris Hernandez #

Amie James

Dr. Sandye Johnson ^

Jonathan Korngold

Jill Lafer #

Shelly Lazarus

Hon. Mark Levine +

Carol Sutton Lewis

Robert C. Lieber #

Jay P. Mandelbaum

Nelle Miller

Gillian Miniter

Commissioner Sue Donoghue +

Clarence Nesbitt

Amelia Ogunlesi

ILA Paliwal

Jenny Price +

Joe L. Roby

Didi Schafer

Richard G. Schneidman

Laureen E. Seeger

Norman C. Selby

Alfred J. Shuman

John Steinhardt

Erana M. Stennett

John Stossel

Harry D. Taylor

Toya Williford

Barry M. Wolf

Nanar N. Yoseloff

Life Trustees

Lewis W. Bernard

Norma T. Dana

Henry R. Kravis

Sheila C. Labrecque

Lynden B. Miller

Ira M. Millstein, Esq.

E. John Rosenwald, Jr.

Janet Ross

Eric Rudin

Elizabeth R. Varet

Emeritus Trustees

Suzanne Cochran

Leni May

Eugene Mercy, Jr.

Mary Wallach

Founding Trustees

William S. Beinecke *

Douglas Blonsky

Gordon J. Davis, Esq.

Richard Gilder *

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

+ Ex Officio
# Mayoral Appointee
^ Board Appointed
* In memoriam