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September 19, 2017

Brooklyn Bridge Park Elects New Directors
by Press Release (), published online 12-10-2010
 
BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy recently announced the election of John Dew, Brendan J. Dugan, Kathleen Elsesser, Marisa Fariña and Robin Shanus to the organization’s board of directors.

The election of Dew, Elsesser and Fariña took place at the organization’s June 24 board meeting, the election of Shanus took place at the September 22 board meeting, and the election of Dugan took place at the organization’s December 8 board meeting.

John Dew is elected chair of Community Board 2, which covers the downtown Brooklyn area from Brooklyn Heights to Clinton Hill. He served the board first as a member of Land Use and Landmarks committee and then as chair of the transportation and public safety committee and was elected chair of the board in 2007.

Dew also serves as the vice chairman of the Myrtle Business Improvement District and as a board member of the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project.

Dew is also former president of the Clinton Hill Apartment Owners Corporation, where he served from 1998 through 2008 and spearheaded the installation of cogeneration on the north campus. Mr. Dew’s career was in healthcare as regional administrator of the Brooklyn Medical Groups PC, a contracted division of the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York.

Brendan J. Dugan has been the 18th President of St. Francis College since 2008. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he worked in commercial banking for almost 40 years.

President Dugan’s last banking position was chairman & CEO of Sovereign Bank’s Metro NY/NJ Division. Before that, Dugan held President and CEO titles at several banks including Independence Bank, Citibank Commercial Markets, European American Bank and NatWest USA. While at each of these institutions, Dugan helped develop and manage commercial and retail banking, leasing and real estate lending.

Dugan is a board member of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Regional Plan Association, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the Futures in Education Endowment Fund.

Kathleen Elsesser is co-head of the Global Consumer Retail Group. She is the global chairman of diversity for the Investment Banking Division and serves as a member of the Firmwide Diversity Committee, the Firmwide Partnership Committee and the Investment Banking Division Operating Committee. She joined Goldman Sachs in 1989 as a financial analyst in the Investment Banking Division and returned to Goldman Sachs in 1993 as an associate. She became a vice president in 1997 while specializing in leveraged buyouts and acquisition financings. She moved to the Consumer/Retail Group in 2001. She was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2004.

Marisa Fariña is EVP/Group publisher at Time Out North America, Time Out New York and Time Out New York Kids. Marisa has also been awarded oversight of this area of business for the company’s expansions, starting with Boston.

Beyond Ms. Fariña’s work in publishing, she sits on the marketing advisory board for Food Bank For New York City, is organizer of TEDxEast (a franchise of the popular media brand TED), is a member of the Brooklyn Tourism board, and co-founded the DUMBO Parents Organization.

Robin Shanus is a lawyer who has practiced in both the public and private sectors. She began her career as a law clerk in 1986 and then moved on to become staff counsel for the New York State Commission on Government Integrity in 1987. She shifted to the corporate arena in 1990, when she worked as Corporate associate at Debevoise & Plimpton and then continued on to Weiss, Peck & Greer as deputy general counsel.

Shanus has served on the board of Friends of Hudson River Park since 2000. She has taken an active role in the community and local non-for-profits, serving as a member of Pier 40 Working Group, a public member of the Waterfront Committee of Community Board 2, and as executive director of the West Village Committee for Parks and Playhouse.

“The Conservancy is thrilled to welcome new directors to its team,” said David Kramer, chair of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “John, Brendan, Kathy, Marisa, and Robin will bring wide-ranging expertise and interests that will compliment an already dynamic board during these exciting next few years for Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Conservancy.”

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