Thank you for joining us for our
3rd Annual Fall Gala!

Brooklyn Historical Society's 2018 Fall Gala


Christopher O. Ward
Urban Infrastructure Visionary


Tracy Cook-Person

Thanks to your support, we raised over $580,000 towards our education programs!

View photos from the evening here.

View the 2018 Fall Gala digital journal here.

2018 Gala Co-Chairs

Michael Adams-Liebman
Lauren Glant
Cas Holloway
James Rossman
Samuel W. Seymour

2018 Gala Committee

Lucy Baumrind
Peter D’Arcy
Judy & Alan Fishman
David Kramer
Valerie Oliver-Durrah & James Durrah
Robin Ottaway
Gail Stone & Matt Fishbein
Rudolph Wynter

Media Sponsor

Thank you to the early supporters of our Gala*

Bloomberg Philanthropies
The Tiger Baron Foundation

Two Trees Management Co., Inc.


The Baumrind Family Kirkland & Ellis
Lin Cai & Greg Brayman M&T Bank
Citi MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
Joel M. Cohen & Gibson Dunn National Grid
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Eliza & Jim Rossman
Gladstone Place Partners Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Industry City Teneo
Innisfree M&A Incorporated Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Witt O'Brien's (A SEACOR Company)

Anonymous Sylvia & Byron Lewis
ADCO Electrical Corporation Local Union 147 LIUNA
Alan Beller MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
Boston Properties & Rudin Development Kathryn Mallon
Nancy & Anthony Bowe Jessie McClintock Kelly
Pam Brier & Peter Aschkenasy Meridian Capital
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. Ellen Meyers
Robert B. Catell Michele Mirman & Stephen Kamzan
Ron Chernow Muss Development LLC
Marjorie T & William R. Coleman Narotsky Law Group, LLP
Con Edison New York City College of Technology
Cushman & Wakefield Hugh O'Kane Electric Co. Inc.
D'Andrea Craig Realty, Inc. Okapi Partners
Jodi Della Femina Kim & John Kim One Clinton
Extell Development Audra & Robin Ottaway
The Durst Organization Marina & David Ottaway
Linda S. Ferber & Joel B. Berson Nancy & Otis Pearsall
Lizanne Fontaine & Bob Buckholz Susan & William Rifkin
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher Karen Patton Seymour & Sam Seymour
Becky & Tom Fruin Yvette & Ronald Shiffman
General Contractors Association of New York STV
Lauren Glant & Michael Gillespie Taffera Fine Building
The Green-Wood Cemetery TerraCRG
Leslie & Tim Hartzell Tishman Speyer
Elizabeth Dabney Hochman & Jonathan L. Hochman Katherine & Eric Todrys
Ebonie & Wes Jackson Ellie & David Tweedy
Elizabeth R. & Robert A. Jeffe Joanne Witty & Eugene Keilin
Andrew Land Trudy Whitman & Alan Nisselson
Rachel Levine & Andrew Ceresney Dick Yancey

*As of 11/06/18


Christopher O. Ward, Urban Infrastructure Visionary Christopher O. Ward

Christopher O. Ward is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Executive, Metro New York, at AECOM, a $17.4-billion, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm that designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets globally. Mr. Ward led strategic growth and profitability for the Design and Consulting Services group responsible for over 1,600 architects, engineers, scientists and support staff working on transportation, water and wastewater, environment, power, and buildings.

His 30-plus-year career in infrastructure and government comprises experience in both the public and the private sectors, including a successful tenure at the Port Authority of NY and NJ, where he led the World Trade Center rebuilding effort — delivering on a commitment to open the 9/11 Memorial by the 10th anniversary of the tragic events.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Ward served in the Bloomberg Administration, leading the Department of Environmental Protection. Previous roles included executive positions at Dragados USA, the General Contractors Association of New York, and American Stevedoring, Inc.

Tracy Cook-Person, EducatoTracy Cook-Personr

Tracy Cook-Person is an educator, lecturer, program designer, professional story teller and a published poet. Tracy collaborated with both BHS and the Brooklyn Navy Yard to launch the award-winning Teen
Innovators program. Now in its 6th year, the program convenes teens from neighboring high schools to investigate the history and future of the Yard as an engine for sustainable urban industry, environmentalism, and careers.

An instructor of pedagogy, first at Teachers College, Columbia University and currently at Long Island University, Tracy is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center at CUNY. During her 11 years in the NYC public
school system, she has collaborated with The Brooklyn Museum, the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the New York Botanical Gardens among many others.

Special thanks to our 2018 Gala supporters

Bellocq Brooklyn Art Song Society Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Charm Brooklyn Roasting Co. Color Our Town Press
Fox Burrow Designs Michel-et-Augustin Nunu
Raaka Chocolate Sahadi's Tattly  
Waterfront Wines & Spirits   With Love From Brooklyn