Introducing Our New Executive Director


We have exciting news to share with you. After completing an extensive search, it is our great pleasure to introduce Jenny Gersten, who will be joining Friends of the High Line as its Executive Director in January. Jenny will replace Robert Hammond, who earlier this year announced his plans to step down from the Executive Director position at the end of 2013. Joshua David will remain with Friends of the High Line as its President and will be working closely with Jenny in her role as Executive Director.

We are incredibly fortunate to have found an accomplished leader in Jenny, who has a proven track record of success in program development, non-profit management, and fundraising for arts and culture organizations. As the Artistic Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she has worked since 1996, Jenny helped create and oversee the organization’s long-range strategic plan and $7 million endowment fund. She also managed a vast professional development and training program for more than 200 apprentices, interns, and professional staff. Before the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Jenny served as the Associate Producer of The Public Theater in New York City, where she produced six Shakespeare in the Park productions.

Though Joshua David will remain with Friends of the High Line as its President, and Robert Hammond will stay involved in new ways as his focus shifts to other endeavors, our organization is beginning an exciting new chapter with Jenny’s appointment. As the Executive Director, Jenny will lead efforts to operate the High Line, build and engage the park community through innovative programming, and raise funding to cover more than 90% of the park’s annual operating budget. Jenny will also work with Joshua to oversee the completion of the Campaign for the High Line, our $125 million fundraising effort to support the High Line’s endowment and capital construction projects, including the development of the High Line at the Rail Yards.

Please join us in welcoming Jenny to Friends of the High Line.

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