Staff

Adam Ganser - Executive Director

Adam Ganser has spent his career as a leader advocating for, designing, and developing creative urban scale public realm ideas that emphasize economic, environmental, and social impacts.

Prior to taking the helm at New Yorkers for Parks, Adam was vice president of planning and design for the High Line. During Ganser’s 10-year tenure, the High Line became one of the world’s most visited and celebrated public parks. Adam oversaw the preservation, design, and development of the third section of the High Line at Hudson Yards and led the High Line’s partnership with two mayoral administrations, city agencies, and elected officials. Adam was also instrumental in creating and developing the High Line Network, a consortium of infrastructure reuse public space projects across the nation.

Prior to the High Line, Adam worked for Enrique Norton at TEN Arquitectos in New York City focusing on urban scale projects including Orange County Great Park, a 1,400 acre reuse project for the former El Toro Marine Air Base in southern California.

Adam received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, a Master of Architecture from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, his hometown. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

Sherrise Palomino - Director of Advocacy and Programs

Sherrise is the Director of Advocacy and Programs responsible for government relations, advocacy, and the Daffodil Project. She has a long history of community engagement and government relations. Most recently, she led government and community relations at New York Road Runners (NYRR), where she cultivated relationships with policymakers, built coalitions, and supported community-based programs in NYC parks. Prior to NYRR, Sherrise led youth sexual health as well as advocacy and community engagement at BronxWorks. In her spare time, she is an activist committed to social causes, triathlete and runner.

Carl Nelson - Administrative and Outreach Assistant

Carl is the Administrative and Outreach Assistant, responsible for providing administrative support and assisting in the development and execution of communications and fundraising strategy. Prior to joining NY4P, he worked for the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N), where he documented participatory urban planning and sustainability initiatives at universities nationwide. Carl holds a B.A. in American Studies from Bard College with a sociology concentration. In his spare time he writes music, reads nonfiction, and rides his bike.