Mr. Sexton has more than 30 years of high-level government and corporate experience, having served five New York City mayors, moving from the Office of Management and Budget to become Director of Operations for Mayor Koch, and eventually becoming Commissioner of Sanitation from 1986 to 1990. He has since had several high-level pro bono positions with government, including the Environmental Advisory Committee for NYC’s 2012 Olympic proposal, the Sustainability Working Group for NYC, and for ten years was Chair of the City’s Procurement Policy Board. After leaving the government, he was Vice President for Corporate Community and Government Affairs for the Rockefeller Group, Inc. and then was appointed President and CEO of the Municipal Art Society, followed by President of the Times Square Business Improvement District (now the Times Square Alliance). He has since worked as a consultant focusing on government relations and sustainability. He co-founded The Sexton Company, a sustainability and corporate social responsibility and green branding company. Mr. Sexton is a graduate of New York University (summa cum laude), and was a Clinical Professor at its Wagner Graduate School of Public Service from 1990 to 1991.
Christiana Huus | Secretary of the Board | Joined 2013
Ms. Huus is the Senior Vice President of Special Events and Business
Partnerships at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. She
received a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from the College of Staten
Island. Prior to coming to the September 11 Memorial & Museum, Ms.
Huus worked as the Director of Strategic Planning and Development, NYC
Mayor’s Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management. She is a
resident of lower Manhattan where she lives with her husband and two
David Sheehan | Treasurer of the Board | Joined 2013
Mr. Sheehan is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at 100 Resilient
Cities, where he focuses on leading their internal Finance function and
overseeing Global Operations and Systems and Grants Management. Prior to
that, Mr. Sheehan served as Managing Director of Administrative
Services and Director of Fiscal Operations at the NYC Mayor’s Office for
several years. He completed his Masters of Public Administration,
Public and Non-Profit Management at the Robert F. Wagner School of
Public Service, NYU. Mr. Sheehan also worked for the DCLA, NYC Office of
Management and Budget and Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Cyrus Gentry | Board Member | Joined 2019
Mr. Gentry is a Principal at Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, where he focuses on helping to lead their investments in the telecommunications and water sectors. He currently sits on the Board of two platform investments, Cologix and euNetworks. Prior to Stonepeak, he was a Principal at BC Partners, focusing on investments in the industrials and telecommunications sectors. He also has investing and transaction experience across a broad range of sectors while at Advent International and J.P. Morgan. Cyrus is a citizen of the United States and United Kingdom and holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. A proud resident of Brooklyn Heights, he enjoys time on the New York waterfront with his wife.
Catherine McVay Hughes | Board Member | Joined 2017
Catherine McVay Hughes served 20 years on Manhattan Community Board
One (CB1), half that time as Chair or Vice-Chair. She also chaired its
World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee for seven years. She has been
a leader in caring for the community by working with diverse community
and labor groups, elected officials and governmental agencies at City,
State and Federal levels. After Superstorm Sandy, she was appointed
Co-Chair of New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program for
Southern Manhattan and is a founding member of CB1’s “Manhattan Tip”
Resiliency Task Force and a member of the NY/NJ Metropolitan Storm Surge
Barrier Working Group. Ms. McVay Hughes also was appointed to the Earth
Institute at Columbia University Advisory Board, CERES Presidents
Council, Battery Park City Authority, Lower Manhattan Development
Corporation, The Trust for Governors Island and WTC Scientific Technical
Advisory Committee. She also served on the Downtown Alliance Board of
Directors, The Battery Conservancy Board of Trustees, Manhattan Solid
Waste Advisory Board and US EPA WTC Expert Technical Panel. Ms. McVay
Hughes has a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School
of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in
Civil Engineering from Princeton University.
Ernest Tollerson | Board Member | Joined 2015
Mr. Tollerson serves on the board of the Hudson River Foundation, and
is also serving a three-year term on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s NPCC3 (NYC
Panel on Climate Change). From 2004 through 2013, he served as a trustee
of the Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF), including a three-year term as
board chair; he also filled in as NCF’s Interim President and CEO from
August 2014 until November 2015, helping to reinvigorate NCF’s focus on
climate and inequality issues. Mr. Tollerson is the former Director of
Environmental Sustainability and Compliance at the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority (MTA), where he led work on the Blue Ribbon
Commission on Sustainability and the MTA. During his 7 1/12-year stint
at the MTA, he co-chaired the Transportation & Land Use Technical
Working Group of the New York State Climate Action Plan Interim Report.
In his nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor, Mr. Tollerson worked
for a number of newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer; New
York Newsday, where he was the editor of the editorial and op-ed pages;
and The New York Times, where he was first a national correspondent and
later a member of the editorial board. Mr. Tollerson is also on the
boards of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, Environmental
Advocates of New York, Riverkeeper, and the New-York Historical Society.
Craig Page | Board Member | Joined 2019
Mr. Page has over ten years of financial and operational experience. Most recently, as the Founder of Salt and Sea Partners LLC, which imports and distributes sustainable food products. Previously, Craig provided financial services to several growing startups on a consulting basis. He has developed waterside operations as a Co-Founder of Halcyon Sailing and as a Founding Teacher at Hudson River Community Sailing. At Halcyon Sailing he ran team building for corporate executives, and in both positions Craig spearheaded waterside curriculum for high school students. He spent the first four years of his career at Frasca & Associates LLC, where he provided financial and management consulting services for major US infrastructure projects. Mr. Page has a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University. He also stands on the board of the Morgan Memorial Park in Glen Cove, NY.
Thomas Finkelpearl | Ex-officio | Joined 2011
Commissioner Finkelpearl is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA). In this role he oversees city funding for nonprofit arts organizations across the five boroughs and directs the cultural policy for the City of New York. He received a BA from Princeton University (1979) and an MFA from Hunter College (1983). Prior to his appointment by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner Finkelpearl served as Executive Director of the Queens Museum for twelve years starting in 2002, overseeing an expansion that doubled the museum’s size and positioning the organization as a vibrant center for social engagement in nearby communities. He also held positions at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, working on the organization’s merger with the Museum of Modern Art, and served as Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program.