Board of Directors
"I grew up around woods and a lake, and I fell in love with these parks. I'd like to see them made available to many more people than they are now, available to all people. We founded the Harbor Conservancy so people can see more and know more about the beauty of New York."
"In New York there had been no private citizen voice to speak for our unheralded national parks. The Harbor Conservancy was created to provide a unified, powerful and attainable vision for the future to inspire and guide a new era of stewardship, conservation and understanding of our heritage."
"The most exciting thing we do is make parks accessible to New Yorkers. That's what keeps me involved. It's the surprising part of New York. Here you don't normally think about the natural environment, but this is New York...the New York you didn't know."
Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley
"The Harbor Conservancy combines three important things I want for my kids: history, environment, and education. These parks change how I view the city. I want to retire and live here because of these resources."
CEO, Tonio Burgos and Associates
"I believe that New York should have a national park system that is recognized around the country. This is a quality of life issue, an educational issue, and a legacy issue for all Americans. These are not 'New York' parks; they belong to all Americans. We want these parks accessible to every American and to every visitor across the globe."
Founder & Managing Partner, Waterfront Companies
"I've spent my life on the water and I love history, so the Harbor Conservancy is a natural fit for me...I love the rivers, the bridges and the forts. This is one of the greatest ports in the world."
Senior Government Affairs Representative, Williams
"As a non-New Yorker I was amazed by the deep history and number of national parks in the NY/NJ area. I firmly believe that New Yorkers and tourists alike should experience all that New York has to offer—especially the grandeur and history of the National Parks of New York Harbor. My hope is to leave a legacy through these parks for the generation of Americans behind me to remember our past while building the future."
Senior Family Advisor, Eaton Vance Investment Counsel
General Manager, News Services, The New York Times Company
"These parks allow us to interact with history and nature, rather than just learning about it in a classroom. Figuring out how to get people to them and how to tell people about them is an exciting challenge."
Author, The Experience of Place and In Motion
"I've always been in love with New York as a natural environment. What drew people here in the first place was this estuary, where five rivers converge—estuaries are the nurseries of aquatic life, a place of great natural abundance and real beauty."
President, Market Group America, Phillips Lighting
Attorney, Advocate & Mediator
"Time and again, we see nature and history in concert together, though rarely are they so addressed. The Conservancy gives that very opportunity, to its members and to all those who live in or visit New York; to experience, enjoy, and learn from both, as well as to understand how the two are so intricately intertwined. I consider it an honor and truly a sacred opportunity to be part of this mission."
President, New York City Mission Society
President, United Federation of Teachers
Chief Marketing Officer, New York Wheel & Empire Outlets
"I consider New York Harbor the greatest harbor in the world. And the National Parks of New York Harbor are its crown jewels. The parks are the Gateway to America and a gift to New Yorkers and the nation."
Chairman, NY Waterway
"Although I have lived my whole life in the New York area, it is only through operating a fleet of ferry boats that I have come to experience the vastness, history, and unique beauty of New York Harbor. I am excited to be involved with an organization committed to sharing that experience with our neighbors and the world."
"Being a part of the Harbor Conservancy means helping to shine a light on the beautiful and diverse national parks around New York City. These sites are part of the connection tissue of the National Parks System and help to make the New York experience even grander for all visitors."