Imagine New York
Life at the water’s edge is rapidly changing. The impacts of new technology, patterns of urban development, and globalization are redefining global logistics, and while some waterfront cities will thrive as ports and grow under these new conditions, others will need to evolve in order to survive and succeed. Imagining New York in 2060, how will New York re-invent its waterfront to retain and secure its position in the global economy while continuing to symbolize the American Dream for the next generation?
Imagine 2060: Imagine New York brought together city-makers and city-shapers to look towards and beyond the challenges ahead of aging infrastructure, changes to global shipping patterns, and an evolving economy.
This chapter of the Imagine 2060 series engaged participants in considering relevant lessons for New York. We looked at best-in-class case studies in Asia contributing to the region’s rise in the global ports industry, and then we pivoted to focus on bold ideas aligned with New York City’s future vision for an equitable, sustainable, and dynamic transformation of its waterfront and how to deliver these.
Imagine 2060: Imagine New York Speakers & Panelists
Dr. Judith Rodin
President Emerita, Rockerfeller Foundation and University of Pennsylvania
Judith Rodin is a pioneer, innovator, change-maker and global thought-leader. For over two decades Rodin led and transformed two global institutions: The Rockefeller Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania. A ground-breaking executive throughout her career, Dr. Rodin was the first woman named to lead an Ivy League Institution and was the first woman to serve as The Rockefeller Foundation’s president. A research psychologist by training, she was one of the pioneers of the behavioral medicine and health psychology movements.
Dr. Rodin’s leadership ushered The Rockefeller Foundation into a new era of strategic philanthropy that emphasized partnerships with business, government, and the philanthropic community to address and solve for the complex challenges of the 21st century. Rodin championed two whole new fields that are now pervasive: resilience and impact investing.
At Penn, Dr. Rodin presided over an unprecedented decade of growth and progress that transformed the institution, its campus, and the community, taking the university from sixteenth to fourth in U.S. News and World Report national rankings. The University also engineered a comprehensive, internationally acclaimed neighborhood revitalization program in West Philadelphia. Rodin has served as a member of the board for several leading corporations and many non-profits. She has authored more than 250 academic articles and chapters, and has written or co-written 15 books, including her two most recent, The Power of Impact Investing: Putting Markets to Work for Profit and Global Good and The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong.
CEO of Industry City
In August 2013, Andrew Kimball joined Industry City as CEO directing the redevelopment of the long-underutilized six-million square foot industrial facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. In March 2015, Industry City launched a 12-year, $1B redevelopment that will create 20,000 jobs through a unique mixed-use blend of innovation economy and modern manufacturing, retail, and academic uses.
From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Kimball served as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) overseeing the transformation of this 300-acre former Naval ship-building facility. Under Mr. Kimball’s leadership, the Navy Yard became a national model of the creation of innovation economy jobs and sustainability. Mr. Kimball successfully leveraged $250 million of City, State and federally-funded infrastructure improvements to generate over $750 million in private investment and 3000 new jobs. Mr. Kimball significantly broadened BNYDC’s commitment to providing job placement services to the local community, environmental sustainability, and the celebration of the Navy Yard’s rich history.
Prior to his Navy Yard appointment, Mr. Kimball served as Director of Operations for NYC2012, the privately-funded bid to bring the 2012 Olympic Games to New York City, and as Vice President of the New York Public Library. He holds a BA from Hamilton College and is a graduate of the Coro Public Affairs Fellowship program. Mr. Kimball lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife, Sarah Williams, and two children and serves on the boards of the Citizens Budget Commission, Prospect Park Alliance (Executive Committee) and is the Coro New York Leadership Center (Chair).
President and CEO of Waterfront Alliance
A lifetime New Yorker, Roland Lewis has worked in the field of community development since 1984. A graduate of Columbia University, he then went on to earn both a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University. For nine years he served as a partner in the law firm of Dellapa, Lewis, and Perseo, whose clients included nonprofit organizations, civic groups, churches, cooperative corporations, and private real estate developers.
In 1997 Roland became the executive director of Habitat for Humanity New York City. He led the organization for 10 years, guiding it to become one of the top producers in the region and a nationally emulated model for Habitat for Humanity locations in other urban settings.
In early 2007, Roland took the helm of the Waterfront Alliance. Under his leadership, the Waterfront Alliance has organized a powerful constituency for a better waterfront. It has instituted new programs, initiated and helped create a new waterfront plan for the City of New York, and become the leading waterfront policy organization in the New York region, known nationally and internationally. Recognized as a community development, waterfront, and nonprofit expert, Roland has written extensively and spoken widely on these topics.
In addition to his professional experience with community development, Roland is active with many nonprofit community organizations. He served as co-chair of Housing First! and currently is on the boards of the Waterfront Management Advisory Board and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. Roland lends his expertise to many advisory and steering groups, including the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast Steering Committee, the Professional Advisory Committee for the New York Harbor School, and the Hudson River Park Trust Advisory Council.
Vice-Chair of Brooklyn Bridge Park
Joanne Witty’s background and experience bridges both the public and private sectors. She has served in New York City and New York State government, in the New York City Bureau of the Budget during Mayor John Lindsay’s second administration and in the New York City Family Court for the first State Administrative Judge. Ms. Witty practiced corporate and tax law at Debevoise and Plimpton, was Resident Counsel at the Ford Foundation and later managed a family manufacturing business.
Joanne has been a long time environmental activist, serving for many years on the Board of the National League of Conservation Voters and now on the Board of the Environmental Defense Action Fund. Ms. Witty has also has been a central figure in the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, serving as President of the park’s local development corporation that created its master plan, a director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, and the Vice-Chair of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation which is now building and operating the Park. She is and founding member and co-chair of the Freshkills Park Alliance, supporting the largest reclamation of a former landfill in the world.
President, Asia Pacific, AECOM
Sean C.S. Chiao is President, Asia Pacific, at AECOM (NYSE: ACM), a premier, fully integrated infrastructure firm that designs, builds, finances and operates assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries.
Mr. Chiao is responsible strategic growth and business operations in Greater China, Southeast Asia and Australia and New Zealand, covering over 12,000 employees. As a passionate, industry leading urbanist, he is committed to cultivating innovation and collaboration in the development of the built environment to serve society’s needs and aspirations. His advocacy and involvement span the spectrum of leading the design and execution of pioneering projects, to the research and development of new concepts, to serving as a speaker in key forums.
Mr. Chiao has spearheaded strategically significant and award-winning masterplans for new towns and regeneration of existing urban landscapes including the Kuala Lumpur River of Life masterplan; the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor; the redevelopment of the financial district of Fort Bonifacio in Metro Manila in the Philippines; and the rejuvenation of Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu, China.
Mr. Chiao is also a member of Harvard University’s Master in Design Engineering (MDE) External Advisory Board as well as University of Southern California’s (USC) Board of Advisors for the American Academy in China (AAC).
Executive Vice President, Asia Society
Tom Nagorksi became Executive Vice President for the Asia Society following a three-decade career in journalism — having served most recently as Managing Editor for International Coverage at ABC News.
Before that he was Foreign Editor for World News Tonight, and a reporter and producer based in Russia, Germany and Thailand. Nagorski was the recipient of eight Emmy awards and the Dupont Award for excellence in international coverage, as well as a fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation. He has written for several publications and is the author of Miracles on the Water: The Heroic Survivors of a World War II U-Boat Attack.
Principal, Tsao & mcKown Architects
Calvin Tsao is a recognized and leading voice in contemporary architecture whose work draws from a lively engagement with a variety of art forms. He serves on the Board of The American Academy in Rome, and is an active board member and President Emeritus of The Architectural League of New York. In 2012 Tsao received a Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Legacy Award and in 2009 the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Award for Interior Design, along with his partner Zack McKown. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Cooper Union, Syracuse University, and Parsons The New School for Design, and has also served as guest critic and lectured at universities internationally.
Tsao & McKown’s current work includes a wellness and educational center in Suzhou, a community center plus urban farm in Shanghai, an urban farm prototype in Singapore, an office tower in Tokyo, the corporate headquarters for the Glen Raven Textile Company in North Carolina, the renovation of the permanent collection galleries in New York’s Jewish Museum, and numerous residences.
Senior Advisor, Chinese Services Group
Kenneth serves as senior advisor and eminence fellow to Deloitte Services LP for China research and insight, providing research and consulting with C-Suite executives on critical financial, economic, and business issues. He has lived and worked extensively in China since 1977, advising multinational clients on China strategy and related issues across various industries including consumer and industrial products, energy and resources, financial services, life sciences, and technology, media, and telecommunications. He has presented on China’s economic development and policy trends in global venues such as the World Economic Forum, Chambers of Commerce, Economist Intelligence Unit, The Conference Board, Asian Financial Forum, Greenbrier Global Leadership Conference, Boao Forum for Asia, and others. He regularly contributes thought leadership on China issues to major news media and research publications. Kenneth is a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.
President & CEO, Baltimore Development Corporation
William H. Cole is the president and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), which serves as the economic development agency for the City of Baltimore. BDC’s mission is to retain and help expand existing businesses as well as attracting new opportunities, which will increase job opportunities and spur additional investment in city neighborhoods.
To advance BDC’s mission, Cole helped create the Innovation Fund, which provides catalytic funding to attract scalable, high growth small businesses to start and stay in Baltimore and increase job opportunities for its residents. He also led the business recovery efforts after the unrest April 2015, mobilizing BDC staff into the affected neighborhoods to assist businesses. Cole initiated two programs, Business Recovery Loans and Storefront Recovery Grants, to help businesses, which suffered property damage and/or inventory loss. He also worked closely with the White House Task Force on various economic development initiatives.
Prior to his appointment at BDC in 2014, Cole was the associate vice president of Institutional Advancement at the University of Baltimore. He was twice elected to the Baltimore City Council and represented its 11th district from 2007 to 2014. Cole also served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1999 to 2002 and was a special assistant to U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings from 1996 to 2003.
In addition to his BDC responsibilities, Cole is active on more than a dozen civic and non-profit boards. He is the chair of the Baltimore Hotel Corporation board, as well as a member of the boards of the Downtown Partnership, Waterfront Partnership, Visit Baltimore, the Central Baltimore Future Fund and the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore. He previously served as co-chair of the Baltimore Opportunity Collaborative, the regional plan for sustainable development.
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