Paula Grant Berry serves on the LMDC Families Advisory Council and was a Memorial Program Drafting Committee member. Her husband, David Berry, was killed in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Ms. Grant Berry graduated from Harvard University in 1979 and received her MBA from the Columbia University Business School in 1988. She has held several executive positions in publishing and marketing including Doubleday, the Economist, Newsweek, Gruner & Jahr and Scholastic. Ms. Grant Berry is a resident of Brooklyn where she lives with her three children.
Susan K. Freedman
Susan Freedman is the President of the Public Art Fund. She currently serves as a representative on the Board of the Museum of Modern Art, as well as on the Boards of the Municipal Art Society, the Eldridge Street Project, WNYC Radio, and as Secretary of the Board for the City Parks Foundation. Ms. Freedman is the recipient of the 1999 Associates of the Art Commission Annual Award, and was selected as one of four finalists for the North American MontBlanc de la Culture Award in 1994. Prior to her current position, Ms. Freedman served as the Assistant to Mayor Edward I. Koch and Director of Special Projects and Events for the Arts Commission of the City of New York.
Vartan Gregorian, Ph.D.
Dr. Vartan Gregorian is the President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Prior to his current position, he served for nine years as the sixteenth president of Brown University. Dr. Gregorian is the founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania (1974-1978), and served as the twenty-third provost of the University until 1981. For eight years (1981-1989), he served as the President of the New York Public Library. Mr. Gregorian is the author of Emergence of Modern Afghanistan, 1880-1946. His awards include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the American Academy of the Institute of Arts and Letters' Gold Medal for Service to the Arts and the National Humanities Medal awarded by President William Jefferson Clinton.
Patricia Harris is the Deputy Mayor for Administration for the City of New York. Prior to her appointment, Harris managed Bloomberg LP's Corporate Communications Department, overseeing its Philanthropy, Public Relations, and Governmental Affairs divisions. Prior to her employment at Bloomberg, she was Vice President for Public Relations at Serino Coyne Advertising. She served for 12 years in the administration of Mayor Edward I. Koch as Executive Director of the Art Commission -- the agency that reviews all public art, architecture and landscape architecture on city property-- and before that, as Assistant to the Mayor for Federal Affairs.
Maya Lin is known for her site-specific art and architectural projects. For over fifteen years, Ms. Lin has run her own studio in New York City, creating installations and buildings throughout the country. Current architectural projects include an 8,000 square foot chapel for the Children's Defense Fund in Clinton, TN, and a 20,000 square foot bakery for the Greyston Foundation in Yonkers, NY. She is working on art installations for the Lewis and Clark bicentennial in Washington State and the Fine Arts Plaza at the University of California at Irvine. Ms. Lin gained international recognition for creating the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the Civil Rights memorial in Montgomery, AL. She is a board member of the Yale Corporation and the Natural Resources Defense Council. She is represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York City.
Michael McKeon is a Managing Director of Mercury Public Affairs. Prior to joining Mercury, Mr. McKeon served as Governor Pataki's Director of Communications, and as the Governor's chief spokesman. He was responsible for overseeing the State's crisis communications, during and after the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. As the Governor's chief liaison on September 11th issues to City Hall and family groups, McKeon worked closely with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his staff, along with White House senior staff, on the development and production of the ceremonies marking the first anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Prior to joining the Pataki administration in May 1995, McKeon worked for more than 10 years as a reporter for three New York newspapers, winning several awards for local and political reporting.
Julie Menin is the President and Founder of Wall Street Rising, a not-for-profit organization founded in October 2001. The organization's mission is to help restore vibrancy and vitality in Lower Manhattan as a 24/7 mixed-use community and destination. Ms. Menin was formerly the Senior Regulatory Attorney at Colgate-Palmolive. Ms. Menin is a resident of Lower Manhattan and owns Vine Restaurant, located in the Financial District. Some of Wall Street Rising's programs and services have included Art Downtown, Do It Downtown! Discount Card Program, a Resident and Retail Attraction Program and a Downtown Information Center.
Enrique Norten founded Taller de Enrique Norten Arquictectos S.C. (TEN Arquitectos) in 1985 with partner Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta. He is the recipient of many architectural awards, including the Honorary Fellowship from the American Institute of Architects, and the first "Mies van der Rohe" Award for Latin America. He has taught at, among other institutions, the Pratt Institute, Rice University, Columbia and Harvard. In July, 2002 he received a commission, his first in the United States, from the Brooklyn Public Library, to design its Visual and Performing Arts Library. Mr. Norten was founding member of the editorial board of the magazine Arquitectura. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, where he holds the Miller Chair of Architecture. Mr. Norten has extensive jury experience.
Martin Puryear is a world renowned artist who studied painting at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and then served as a Peace Corps teacher in Sierra Leone from 1964 to 1966. He went on to study at the Swedish Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm and later received his Masters of Fine Arts from Yale University. In 1989 Mr. Puryear received the MacArthur Foundation Grant and was awarded the Grand Prize at the Sao Paolo Biennale, where he represented the United States. At the invitation of the French Ministry of Culture, he then worked at the Calder Atelier in Sache, France in 1992. Mr. Puryear recently completed several large scale projects including a stainless steel sculpture for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and a commissioned installation for the Festival d'Automne in Paris. His work is represented in private collections in the United States, Europe and Japan.
Nancy Rosen has been working in the field of public art for the past three decades, organizing temporary exhibitions of outdoor sculpture and, in 1980, establishing her office, Nancy Rosen Incorporated, to assist public agencies, not-for-profit institutions and other clients to plan and implement public art programs and fine art collections. Her assignments have included organizing the Art-for-Public-Spaces program for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and the first phase of the public art program for Battery Park City. She has advised the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and serves as the advisor to the Committee for Art in Public Places at Middlebury College. She has been a consultant and panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts and the City of New York, and has chaired the Art in Public Places grants panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. At the invitation of the U.S. General Services Administration, Ms. Rosen participated in that agency's Art-in-Architecture Workshop. She has been serving on the Art Commission of the City of New York since 2002.
Lowery Stokes Sims, Ph.D.
Lowery Stokes Sims is the Executive Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem. As Director of the museum, she has overseen major expansion and renovation projects of their facility and collection. Prior to her appointment in January 2000, she was Curator of Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on staff since 1972. Dr. Sims received her B.A. in art history from Queens College of the City University of New York, her M.A. in art history from John Hopkins University and her M. Phil. and Ph.D in art history from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Sims has served nationally as a juror and guest curator at institutions including the Queens Museum, the Pratt Institute, the Carribbean Cultural Center (New York), Cooper Union, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the California Museum of Afro-American History and Culture.
Michael Van Valkenburgh
Michael Van Valkenburgh is the founder and principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Architects in Manhattan and Cambridge and he currently resides in New York City's West Village. The work of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates has won numerous national design awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and a Progressive Architecture Award in 1997 for Allegheny Riverfront Park. Michael was named the Charles Eliot Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he teaches a design studio once a year. He also served as chairman of the department between 1991 and 1996. Mr. Van Valkenburgh has extensive jury experience.
James E. Young, Ph.D.
James Young is the Professor & Chair of the Department of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also the author of At Memory's Edge: After-images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture; The Texture of Memory, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1994; and Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust, which won a Choice Outstanding Book Award for 1988. Professor Young was also guest curator of an exhibition at the Jewish Museum, The Art of Memory: Holocaust Memorials in History. Professor Young was appointed by the Berlin Senate to the five-member commission for Germany's national "Memorial to Europe's Murdered Jews," now under construction in Berlin. Mr. Young is a resident of Massachusetts and has extensive jury experience.
In recognition of his accomplishments and devotion to New York City, David Rockefeller will serve as an honorary member on the jury. As honorary member, Mr. Rockefeller will be available for consultation on the guiding vision for the World Trade Center and to provide historical perspective to the evolution of downtown Manhattan.
Mr. Rockefeller is a distinguished philanthropist, business leader and patron of the arts. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Mr. Rockefeller served as an officer of the Chase Manhattan Bank from 1946 to 1981 and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1969 until 1981. He led Chase Manhattan Bank in building Chase Plaza and becoming a principal anchor downtown during the fiscal crisis in the 1970s. Since then, he has served as Chairman of the bank's International Advisory Committee. Mr. Rockefeller has a long history of vigorous and successful advocacy on behalf of Lower Manhattan, including the chairmanship of the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association. Mr. Rockefeller was the visionary and leading force behind the development of the original World Trade Center site. He was the founder of the NYC Partnership, now the Partnership for NYC, which continues to serve as the premier voice for business in New York. Mr. Rockefeller is also involved in numerous other business, cultural and educational organizations as well as foundation boards and charitable activities.