“Cornell Botanic Gardens helped cultivate (no pun intended) my early interest in restoring native landscapes and made me a witness to the power of horticultural education for students and adults of all disciplines and ages. Supporting and advising Cornell Botanic Gardens’ leadership is a thrill, a privilege, and a pleasure.”
I’m an amateur horticulturist working for my family’s 4th-generation parts supply business and in industrial real estate for my family office. I began in financial services at J.P. Morgan’s Asset Management headquarters in New York and at BNP Paribas Asset Management abroad, leaving for two roles at the NYC Dept. of City Planning and the New York State Dept. of Transportation before receiving graduate degrees from Columbia University’s Graduate Schools of Business and Architecture, Planning & Preservation.
In New York State, the Mid-Atlantic, and South Florida, I have or am actively working to fully restore several native landscapes on residential and industrial sites in my family’s portfolio. One South Florida property recently became a teaching site through the University of Florida for botanists and horticulturists working with native, tropical hardwood hammocks. I’ve also taught families and children at The Edible Academy’s Ruth Rea Howell Vegetable Garden at the New York Botanical Garden.
I serve as a Trustee of the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Historic Hudson Valley, and the Columbia County Historical Society. At Cornell I currently serve on the Cornell University Council, Cornell University Library Advisory Council, Campaign for Cornell Cabinet (representing the Libraries), and as a CAAAN admissions interviewer. I was formerly a Trustee of the Cornell Rowing Association, Co-chair of my 10th Reunion, and a member of my 5th Reunion Campaign Committee. I’m proud to also support the Cornell Department of History; the Cornell University Library; Cornell Athletics; and the College of Architecture, Art and Planning in addition to our extraordinary Cornell Botanic Gardens.