Staff


Lynn B. Kelly – Executive Director
 

Lynn joined NY4P in December, 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. 

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.

Mariana Lo – Research & Planning Analyst

Mariana 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, she was a researcher and litigation assistant at Earthjustice. She holds a Master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she also worked as a Community Forester and street tree planter. After earning her undergraduate degree in linguistics from the University of Chicago, Mariana spent three years as a full-time AmeriCorps volunteer, serving with the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps in Chicago and later at Bethlehem Farm in West Virginia. She grew up in California’s Silicon Valley and now lives in Manhattan. 

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  – Director of 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.

Jack Tambini  – Office Manager   

Jack serves as NY4P’s Office Manager, providing administrative support to the Executive Director. He will also be working closely with the Development staff to assist with the annual gala, the Daffodil Project breakfast and additional fundraising and cultivation events. A native of Staten Island, the Borough of Parks, Jack grew up hiking with his father and brother at High Rock Park and going to the beach with his family at Great Kills Park. Possessing strong passions for art and history, Jack received his B.A. in Fine Arts from Wagner College and his M.A. in Art History from Brooklyn College. Prior to joining NY4P, Jack worked as Executive Assistant to the CEO at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. Jack even has a little bit of Parks in his family; he is the great grandson of Eugene Sarsfield, a WWII Naval Commander, for whom Brooklyn’s Sarsfield Playground was named. Jack is excited about joining NY4P and helping the organization fulfill its mission to make New York’s parkland accessible to all New Yorkers. Jack is a lifelong resident of Staten Island.

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.