Staff


Tupper Thomas – Executive Director

Tupper joined New Yorkers in February 2014. She retired in February 2011 after 30 years as President of the Prospect Park Alliance and Administrator of Prospect Park, the 580-acre flagship park of Brooklyn. In 1980 Tupper was hired as the Park’s first Administrator. She was responsible for the ongoing operation of the park, its multimillion-dollar restoration, special events, public information, fundraising and visitor services. The Prospect Park Alliance was formed in 1987 to revive, enrich, restore and preserve Prospect Park in partnership with the City of New York, with Tupper as its founding President. Tupper is a Co-Founder, former Co-Chair and former Board member of City Parks Alliance, a national organization that advocates for urban parks. She has received numerous awards and has been a guest speaker for parks groups throughout the United States and abroad. She has a master’s degree in Urban Planning from Pratt Institute and a BA from Goucher College.

Jon Kornfeld – Director of Development 

Jon Kornfeld joined NY4P in July of 2014. Jon oversees NY4P’s development efforts, building relationships with individuals, foundations and corporations. Jon brings a wealth of non-profit development experience to NY4P. Most recently, he was the Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations with Yeshiva University. Earlier he served as a Senior Donor Relations Manager with the Nature Conservancy and as the Executive Director of the Washington Inner City Lacrosse Foundation. He earned a BA from Gettysburg College. Jon was born and raised in New York City and currently lives in Westchester County.

Julia Marra – Development Associate  

Julia started at NY4P as a Development Intern and transitioned to her current role. She works closely with the Director of Development, assisting in NY4P’s fundraising efforts. Prior to joining the organization, she served as Development Intern at The Plummer Home for Boys and as Administrative Assistant at Precious Properties Corp. Julia is a magna cum laude graduate of Gordon College, where she studied Business Administration and Nonprofit Management. She is a proud resident of Staten Island.

Sam Mei – Fiscal Manager 

Sam assists with NY4P’s accounting, budgeting and audit preparation. He served as Director of Finance at the Parks Council, and later NY4P, from 2000 until 2011. Prior to joining the Parks Council, he worked in grant officer roles at the International Rescue Committee and the Women’s Refugee Commission. Earlier, he was an Accounting Assistant at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. He graduated from Baruch College and lives with his wife and two children in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

Lucy Robson  – Research & Planning Analyst  

Lucy collects and analyzes data on civic engagement, usage, park maintenance, access, and safety to support NY4P’s policy and advocacy efforts. Prior to joining NY4P, Lucy was a project manager for Streetscape and Community Outreach at the Garment District Alliance. She assisted the Manhattan Office of New York City’s Department of City Planning with the creation of the East Midtown Rezoning proposal as a graduate intern. Lucy is a magna cum laude graduate of Carleton College, where she studied History. She holds an M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, focusing on land-use planning and mega-events. Born in London and raised in Connecticut, Lucy now calls Brooklyn home.

Emily Walker – Outreach & Events Coordinator

Emily manages NY4P’s relationships with parks advocates and “friends of parks” groups throughout New York City and oversees The Daffodil Project.  Prior to joining NY4P, Emily was Research Assistant to Tom Hayden and helped facilitate the incorporation of the Peace and Justice Resource Center, a 501(c)3 research organization founded by Mr. Hayden.  She had internships at the Eastern Environmental Law Center in Newark, NJ, and in the East Los Angeles office of L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina.  She also has experience working in grassroots community outreach in Los Angeles and Hunts Point in the South Bronx.  Originally from Orange, CA, Emily holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management and a M.S. Certificate in Sustainability Strategies from Milano: The New School for Public Engagement, where she received the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Award in Nonprofit Management.  She graduated cum laude from Scripps College in Claremont, CA with a B.A. in Legal Studies.  Emily is a proud resident of the East Village.

Robin Weinstein – Director of Operations & Finance

Robin oversees NY4P’s financial management and fiscal, administrative and Board governance activities, and leads our annual analysis of the Parks Department budget. Prior to joining New Yorkers for Parks, Robin worked in a variety of roles at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).   Most recently, Robin served as Executive Director of Operations for the agency’s Office of Development, where she directed budget and fiscal functions, credit review, performance development and reporting, human resources, and other key functions in support of the City’s Housing Plan to create and preserve 165,000 housing units.  Earlier in her career at HPD, Robin administered numerous housing preservation and regulatory oversight divisions and programs and led a variety of program and staff development initiatives.

Robin received her B.A. in Urban Affairs and Political Science from New York University and was a participant in the University’s Metropolitan Leadership Program.  She is also a graduate of New York City’s Top 40 Program.  Robin is a lifelong resident of the Bronx.

James Yolles – Director of Communications

James directs NY4P’s communications efforts, including media relations and strategy, social media and press events. Previously, he was the Director of Public Affairs at the Alliance for Downtown New York, a Lower Manhattan business improvement group. Earlier, he served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Community Development Administration at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and as a Desk Assistant at "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." James earned an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He grew up in Baltimore and lives in Crown Heights.