Staff


Lynn B. Kelly – Executive Director
 

Lynn joined NY4P in November 2016. She previously served as the President and CEO of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, a position she held since 2010. Snug Harbor, a distinguished Smithsonian Affiliate, provides programming in horticulture, agriculture and the visual and performing arts, and attracts over 500,000 visitors annually. Lynn oversaw the operation and managerial needs of the site, comprised of 26 buildings, 350,000 square feet of spaces, two and a half miles of roads, a two and a half-acre farm, and eight diverse botanical gardens. Prior to Snug Harbor, Lynn worked as a Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. During the last three of her ten years at NYCEDC, she also served as the President of the Coney Island Development Corporation, where she led the redevelopment of Coney Island. Lynn received a B.A. in Metropolitan Studies from New York University, and a Master of Public Administration from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service. 

Beth Bingham – Director of Planning & Research

Beth runs NY4P's research and planning projects. An urban planner and community organizer with a professional focus on community engagement and open space, she has worked for many local organizations including the Pratt Center for Community Development, Partnerships for Parks and the Municipal Art Society.  She is a volunteer planner for Architecture for Humanity, a member of the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group, and is on the advisory committee of the Paths to Pier 42 project. Before moving to New York, she worked for nearly a decade as an archaeologist and architectural historian in New Orleans.  She holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, where she now teaches graduate students in both the Urban Planning and Historic Preservation programs.  Born and raised in Ohio, she now lives in Brooklyn.

Megan Douglas – Director of Communications

Megan handles all of NY4P's press, social media, blog, and newsletter. She has experience working on communications and marketing for environmental and social issues on the federal, state, and local level. Prior to joining NY4P she worked for Recycle-A-Bicycle, a New York-based grassroots nonprofit that uses the bicycle as a way to empower and educate youth. She handled their online communications, annual fundraiser, and coordinated community events in parks across the city. Before that she was with the Association for Energy Affordability, a Bronx-based nonprofit weatherization agency providing energy efficiency services to low- and middle-income housing. She used her policy and economics background to create communications conveying the importance of weatherization to a wide audience. While at ICF International in Washington, DC, she conducted in-depth policy analysis and authored reports for the US Environmental Protection Agency, Greenpeace, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and others. Megan holds a BA in Economics from Smith College. After living in five states, she is now a happy resident of Sunnyside, Queens.

Julia Marra – Senior Development Associate  

Julia started at NY4P as a Development Intern and transitioned to Development Associate prior to her current role. She works closely with the Executive Director, assisting in NY4P’s fundraising efforts, planning events, and managing donor relations. Prior to joining NY4P, 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 St. George, 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.

Laura Montross – Community Outreach Coordinator

Laura promotes NY4P’s community outreach efforts with a special focus on the annual Daffodil Project. An urbanism enthusiast, Laura graduated summa cum laude from New York University’s Department of Metropolitan Studies with an honors thesis investigating the privatization of public parks in New York City. Prior to joining NY4P, Laura spent two years working for the Spanish Ministry of Education as a cultural ambassador and language instructor in Madrid and Galicia. While at NYU she interned for the Central Park Conservancy, Peace Corps and Artist’s Association of Nantucket and was the Founder/Editor-in-chief of her undergraduate department’s first-ever peer-to-peer research and literary journal. Originally from Massachusetts, Laura now lives in Brooklyn. 

Lucy Robson  – Senior Project Manager for Research & Planning   

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 – Director of Outreach & Programs 

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, and received her Professional Horticulturist Certification from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 2014.  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.