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. She currently sits on the board of Coney Island USA, founders and producers of the Mermaid Parade and Sideshows by the Seashore, and NYC & Co, the city’s official destination marketing organization for the five boroughs of New York City. 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.
Gabriella Cappo – Outreach Coordinator
Gabriella’s work focuses on building and strengthening relationships between NY4P and the communities we serve through The Daffodil Project, Boro X Boro, and other NY4P initiatives. Previously, Gabriella was at NYC Parks, organizing volunteers in caring for street trees and natural areas. A true lover of parks, she has been to one on almost every continent, with the exception of Australia and Antarctica. Gabriella has a B.A. in International Affairs and Spanish, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs with a focus on Cities and Social Justice from the New School. A native of Connecticut, she now lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Kitsu.
Megan Douglas – Director of Communications
Megan handles all of NY4P's external communications including 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 & Policy 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.
Caitlin Mason – Development Associate
Caitlin works on NY4P’s fundraising efforts, from gift processing to assisting with grants and events. Prior to joining NY4P, Caitlin interned in the nonprofit theatre world at Second Stage Theatre and Vineyard Theatre, where she worked in development and marketing. She graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in English and Theatre Arts. Caitlin grew up on Long Island, and now lives in Brooklyn.
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 – Director of Research & Policy
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 a lifelong resident of Staten Island.
Michelle Velez – Development Manager
Michelle manages all aspects of NY4P’s development activities. This includes the annual appeal, major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, public funding, donor relations, donor communications, and two events -the annual Party 4 Parks gala and the Daffodil Breakfast. With the support of the Development Associate, she works closely with each NY4P department and the Executive Director to develop strategies for our annual development plan to reach our annual budget and grow additional support over time. Prior to joining NY4P, Michelle worked as a fundraising consultant at CCS Fundraising, a firm that provides onsite fundraising consulting services for non-profit organizations. At CCS, Michelle managed a portfolio of successful capital campaigns for a variety of non-profit clients in the religious, education, and human services sectors. Michelle began her non-profit career as a Princeton in Latin America Fellow from 2014-2015 at Endeavor Mexico, an office of an international nonprofit organization that promotes high-impact entrepreneurship. Michelle graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Spanish, where she led a grassroots initiative to advocate for a campus community garden. She has also interned at the NYC Parks Department GreenThumb Division and researched the organic farming movement in Panama. Michelle grew up on Long Island and now lives in Brooklyn.
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.