A Note from Robert

Dear Friends,

I could not be happier assuming the role of Executive Director - removing the word "Interim" from the title. I am very excited at how things have turned out.

Maybe some of you are surprised - and I bet some of you are not surprised at all. I thought it might be helpful to explain a little how this all came to pass and then talk about some of the opportunities I see ahead for us.

By 2013 I had been working on the High Line for 14 years and, along with Josh, had put my heart and soul into it. We had completed the strategic plan, the FHL was in good hands and I felt it was the right time to leave.

Then last fall I agreed to come back in an interim capacity. While at first it was challenging to come back and readjust to an organization that continues to change at a rapid pace, as I settled in I realized how much fun I was having. I have been reminded how much I love the High Line and this organization.

But that is not the main reason I wanted to stay and do this job. There is fascinating work ahead. Some of the most interesting challenges include maintaining the park in the long-term to the standards the community expects of us, as well as using the breadth of our community programming to define the new spaces in development such as the Spur. In short, we are not done building the High Line. I think our best years are ahead of us.

I'm grateful to the search committee and board for having faith in me to lead this organization. There is much to do, and I can't think of any place I'd rather be working than alongside the dedicated FHL staff and our supporters to get it done. I know that each of you loves the High Line as much as I do. I look forward to continuing to work together with you in this exciting new chapter.

Robert Hammond
Co-founder and Executive Director

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