The National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy was founded in 2005 as the official nonprofit partner of the National Parks of New York Harbor—23 parks and historic sites in the New York City Metro Area.
We are authorized through a Department of Interior agreement to develop and steward private fundraising efforts, major program initiatives and revenue generating activities for NPNH.
Since inception, we have raised over $15 million to support these special places.
At our Manhattan monuments and memorials, we conserved historic collections and funded restoration efforts, including Federal Hall’s iconic Wall Street steps and statue of George Washington.
Across Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, we expanded access for local communities to nature, through free kayaking and camping programs.
Our New Day at Federal Hall funding initiative, seeks to restore and transform the site into a major public destination with civic, educational and tourism programs.
We strongly believe that Federal Hall, the birthplace of American democracy, is unrivaled in its potential as a vehicle to enlighten, explore and evaluate the nation’s past and future. To fulfill this promise, it must be restored and activated to the highest standard.
Donations to the Conservancy, a 501 (c) (3) charity, for Federal Hall are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Chair & Co-Founder
President & Co-Founder
David Callard (Secretary)
Senior Family Advisor, Eaton Vance Investment Counsel
Matthew Hayford (Treasurer)
Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley
CEO, Tonio Burgos and Associates Inc.
Founder & Managing Partner, Waterfront Companies
Government Relations Manager, BHP Billiton
General Manager, News Services, The New York Times
Author, The Experience of Place and In Motion
Leslie D. Mattingly
Attorney, Mediator and Advocate
Elsie McCabe Thompson
President, New York City Mission Society
President, United Federation of Teachers
Chief Marketing Officer, New York Wheel
Senior Vice President, Marketing for Empire Outlets
Chairman, New York Waterway
Public Outreach Representative, Williams
Director, First Federal Congress Project
Co-editor, The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress et. al.
Chief Historian, The United States Capitol Historical Society
Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University
Visiting Scholar, Wagner School of Public Service, New York University
Kenneth T. Jackson
Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences, Columbia University
Author and Urban Affairs Correspondent, The New York Times
Hon. William Bradley
Hon. Mack Mattingly
Hon. George Allen
Hon. Saxby Chambliss
Hon. Lincoln Chafee
Hon. Alfonse D’Amato
Hon. Christopher Dodd
Hon. Judd Gregg
Hon. Kay Hagan
Hon. Joseph Lieberman
Hon. Charles Robb
Hon. Rick Santorum
Hon. Robert Torricelli
Hon. James Webb
Hon. Lowell P. Weicker Jr.
Marian S. Heiskell is the Chair and Co-Founder of the Conservancy. She is a member of the family that owns The New York Times Company. A lifelong conservationist, she was a citizen founder of Gateway National Recreation Area, the first urban national park in the nation. As former chair of The New 42nd Street Development Corporation, her leadership transformed Times Square. A noted pioneer, she was the first woman director of the Ford Motor Company and Con Edison.
Marie Salerno is the President and Co-Founder of the Conservancy. For 40 years, she has produced multi-faceted campaigns for New York’s cultural, literary and educational institutions, including The New York Public Library, Thirteen/WNET, New York Magazine and NYC 100: Greater New York Centennial Celebration.
Renee Barnes has more than a decade of experience developing public programs for national parks. As Director of Programs and General Operations for the Conservancy, she oversees implementation of its public programs as well as its planning and restoration projects.
Lynn Goldner is a film and television producer, who has developed projects for premium cable channels such as HBO and Sundance Channel. She is the Federal Hall producer working to secure the creative talent and partnerships for the Federal Hall Players and a Grand Rotunda experience.
Laura Herrera and Brandi Marks are co-founders and managing partners of Full House Events, each with nearly two decades of experience in several industries, including travel and tourism, government, nonprofit fundraising and event production. Full House is developing partnerships and a facilities rentals program for Federal Hall.
Bonnie Levinson’s career working in the arts with cultural institutions spans three decades, most recently as deputy director for external affairs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and as a trustee of several arts organizations including San Francisco Art Institute and EnGarde Arts. As a consultant to Federal Hall, she is developing the visual arts and residency programs.
Debora Ott is the founder of Justice Buffalo Literary Center, Inc., where she was Artistic Director and Executive Director for more than two decades. As a consultant, she is implementing collaborative program partnerships with nonprofit literary arts organizations for Federal Hall.
David Taggart has a long career in media and marketing. He is Managing Partner of M4 Media & Marketing, a multidisciplinary advertising agency that specializes in sponsorships, marketing, activations and project development. He is also an award-winning photographer and founder of the social media platform, Republic of Humanity.