You are cordially invited to join us!

Brooklyn Historical Society's 2018 Fall Gala


Christopher O. Ward
AECOM Executive Vice President
Chief Executive, Metro New York


Tracy Cook-Person

Monday, October 29, 2018
The Liberty Warehouse
260 Conover Street, Brooklyn

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For more information or to reserve your table, please contact Maddie Legg at or 212-244-4880 x1.

2018 Gala Co-Chairs

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

2018 Gala Committee

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

Media Sponsor

Thank you to the early supporters of our Gala*

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Two Trees Management Co., Inc.


The Baumrind Family Kirkland & Ellis
Citi M&T Bank
Joel M. Cohen & Gibson Dunn National Grid
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Eliza & Jim Rossman
Gladstone Place Partners Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Innisfree M&A Incorporated Teneo
JPMorgan Chase & Co. The Tiger Baron Foundation
  Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Anonymous The Green-Wood Cemetery
ADCO Electrical Corporation Kathryn Mallon
Boston Properties & Rudin Development Ellen Meyers
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. Hugh O'Kane Electric Co. Inc.
Robert B. Catell Okapi Partners
Ron Chernow One Clinton
Marjorie T & William R. Coleman Audra & Robin Ottaway
Cushman & Wakefield Marina & David Ottaway
Linda S. Ferber & Joel B. Berson Nancy & Otis Pearsall
Lizanne Fontaine & Bob Buckholz Susan & William Rifkin
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher Karen Patton Seymour & Sam Seymour
Becky & Tom Fruin STV
General Contractors Association of New York Tishman Speyer
Lauren Glant & Michael Gillespie Trudy Whitman & Alan Nisselson

*As of 9/12/18


Christopher O. Ward, AECOM Christopher O. Ward

Christopher O. Ward is 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. Mr. Ward leads 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 in infrastructure and government comprises experience in both the public and the private sectors, including a successful tenure at the Port Authority of NY and NJ, where he led the World Trade Center rebuilding effort — delivering on a commitment to open the 9/11 Memorial by the 10th anniversary of the tragic events.

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

Tracy Cook-Person, EducatoTracy Cook-Personr

Tracy Cook-Person is an educator, lecturer, program designer, professional story teller and a published poet. Tracy collaborated with both BHS and the Brooklyn Navy Yard to launch the award-winning Teen
Innovators program. Now in its 6th year, the program convenes teens from neighboring high schools to investigate the history and future of the Yard as an engine for sustainable urban industry, environmentalism, and careers.

An instructor of pedagogy, first at Teachers College, Columbia University and currently at Long Island University, Tracy is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center at CUNY. During her 11 years in the NYC public
school system, she has collaborated with The Brooklyn Museum, the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the New York Botanical Gardens among many others.

Special thanks to our 2018 Gala supporters

Bellocq Tea Atelier
Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Charm Brooklyn Roasting Co.
Brownstoner Color Our Town Press Fox Burrow Designs
Michel-et-Augustin Nunu Raaka Chocolate  
Sahadi's Waterfront Wines & Spirits With Love From Brooklyn