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October Monday

Fall Gala 2018

Honoring Christopher O. Ward and Tracy Cook-Person


Thank you for joining us for our third annual Fall Gala.

The Fall Gala raises vital funds in support of Brooklyn Historical Society’s suite of nationally recognized education programs, which serve more than 15,000 New York City students and teachers annually through free school programs, youth engagement and afterschool programs for teens, extensive educational curricula, and teacher professional learning workshops.

On October 29, 2018 BHS celebrated its third annual Fall Gala at Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn. Over 300 community leaders, business professionals, and friends came together to honor Christopher O. Ward of AECOM and recognize educator Tracy Cook-Person. All proceeds raised support BHS’s educational programs.


Monday, October 29, 2018

6:30 pm

Tables, Tickets & Journal Ads

  • Chairman's Circle Table $50,000
  • President's Circle Table $25,000
  • Pierrepont Circle Table $10,000
  • Benefactor Ticket $3,000
  • Individual Ticket $1,500
  • Premium Full Page Ad $5,000
  • Full Page Ad $2,000
  • Half Page Ad $1,000

Fall Gala Co-Chairs

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

Fall Gala Committee

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

Christopher O. Ward

Christopher O. Ward


Christopher O. Ward is an urban infrastructure visionary and the former Executive Vice President and Chief Executive, Metro New York, for AECOM, a $17.4-billion, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm that designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets globally. At AECOM, Mr. Ward led strategic growth and profitability of 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 comprises leadership roles in both the public and the private sectors, including a successful tenure at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he led the World Trade Center rebuilding effort and delivered on a commitment to open the 9/11 Memorial by the 10th anniversary of the tragic events at the site.

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

Tracy Cook-Person

Tracy Cook-Person


Tracy Cook-Person is an educator, lecturer, program designer, professional story teller and a published poet. A deep and lasting partner to both Brooklyn Historical Society and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Tracy worked with both to pilot and evaluate the Teen Innovators program at BLDG 92 in 2012. The program convenes a group of teens from neighboring high schools to investigate the history and future of the Yard as an engine for sustainable urban industry, environmentalism, and careers. In 2017 Teen Innovators was recognized with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Programs Award.

Previously the instructor of pedagogy for [email protected], a teacher preparation program at Teachers College, Columbia University; she is currently an instructor of pedagogy at Long Island University. Tracy is also a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center at CUNY in Urban Education, Leadership and Policy. As an 11-year veteran teacher of the NYC public school system, she has collaborated with many NYC cultural institutions including The Brooklyn Museum, the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the New York Botanical Gardens.

Event Support

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