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NYS 2100 Commission

The NYS 2100 Commission is tasked with finding ways to improve the resilience and strength of the state’s infrastructure in the face of natural disasters and other emergencies. The Commission will be co-chaired by Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Felix G. Rohatyn, former Chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation. In addition to President Rodin’s leadership and expertise, the Rockefeller Foundation will provide both staff expertise and other assistance in developing the Commission’s report and recommendations. The Commission’s preliminary recommendations are due January 3, 2013.

NYS 2100 Commission – Member Background



Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation +
Judith Rodin was previously president of the University of Pennsylvania and provost of Yale University. Since joining the Foundation in 2005, Dr. Rodin has recalibrated its focus to meet the challenges of the 21st century and today the Foundation supports and shapes innovations to strengthen resilience to risks and ensure more equitable growth around the world. The Foundation accomplishes these goals through initiatives to address climate change in poor communities, strengthen global health systems, catalyze the field of impact investing, mobilize an agricultural revolution in Africa and shape smart, sustainable transportation policies in the United States.
Felix Rohatyn, Senior Advisor to Chairman and CEO, Lazard +
He returned to the company after enjoying a nearly 50-year career at Lazard, both as Partner and Managing Director. He departed in 1997 to serve as US Ambassador to France under President Clinton, and went on to head his own private advisory firm, Rohatyn Associates. Mr. Rohatyn is a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on multiple boards, including the Boards of Directors of Publicis Groupe SA and Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey. He was chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation (MAC) of the State of New York from 1975 to 1993, where he successfully restructured New York City’s debt and resolved its financial crisis in the late 1970s. He also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Stock Exchange from 1968 to 1972. Governor Cuomo recently appointed Mr. Rohatyn to co-chair his NY Works Task Force.

Commission Members

Richard T. Anderson, President, New York Building Congress +
Richard T. Anderson is President of the New York Building Congress and a nationally recognized urban planner. An advocate of strategic infrastructure investment and economic development, he has dedicated his career to promoting the long-term growth of America’s foremost urban centers, primarily New York City. Prior to the Building Congress, Mr. Anderson served as Executive Director of The Dallas Plan, a non-profit group formed to prepare a long-range capital improvements strategy for that city, and was formerly President of the Regional Plan Association, the nation’s oldest metropolitan planning organization serving the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan region.
Dan Arvizu, Director and CEO, U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewal Energy Laboratory +
NREL is DOE’s primary lab for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy and Dr. Arvizu is President of the Alliance. He was initially appointed as Director of NREL in 2005 for a 6 year term and then reappointed in 2010. After being appoint to the National Science Board (NSB) by President Bush in 2004, he was subsequently reappointed by President Obama and in 2012 he was elected Chairman of the NSB, which is the governing body of the National Science Foundation.
Walter Bell, Former Chair, Swiss Re America Holding Company +
Bell previously served as Insurance Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Insurance, a position he has held since 2003. He was President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Advisory Member) +
Ms. Darcy establishes policy direction and provides supervision of the Department of the Army functions relating to all aspects of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works program, including all reimbursable work performed on behalf of Federal and non-Federal entities. These responsibilities include programs for conservation and development of the nation's water and wetland resources, flood control, navigation, and shore protection. On August 11, 2009 President Barack Obama appointed Jo-Ellen Darcy as Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) following confirmation by the Senate. Prior to her appointment, Jo-Ellen Darcy was the Senior Environmental Advisor to the Senate Finance Committee, responsible for environment, conservation and energy issues. Previously, she was Senior Policy Advisor to the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, concentrating on water resource and conservation issues involving the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as nominations for presidentially-appointed positions. At the start of the 107th Congress, she was the Deputy Staff Director for the EPW Committee. From 1993 through 2000, she served as a professional staff member on the EPW Committee, working on a variety of issues, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, Army Corps of Engineers programs, FEMA, Everglades restoration and the Clean Water Act.
Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport, London, England +
Isabel is London's Deputy Mayor for Transport as well as the Deputy Chair of Transport for London, the Mayor's delivery agency for transport. She is responsible for policy setting and ensuring delivery on behalf of the Mayor across the full transport portfolio. This includes ensuring both day to day performance of and long term investment in London's roads, rail and other modes such as walking and cycling. Isabel was previously the Mayor's Environment Adviser and prior to that worked at Transport for London as Director of the Policy Unit. She has worked at McKinsey & Company in London and Ernst & Young in Kazakhstan, and is a member of the New York bar. Isabel is originally from Queens, New York.
Lloyd Dixon, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation +
Lloyd Dixon is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation with expertise on insurance, compensation, and liability issues. He has also been lead investigator of a number of studies addressing environmental and natural resource issues. Recent studies include analysis of the wind and flood insurance markets, asbestos litigation, the California workers’ compensation insurance market, and the contribution of hedge funds to systemic financial risk. Recent projects include the federal terrorism risk insurance program, assessment of the commercial wind insurance market in the Gulf States following Hurricane Katrina and compensation for losses following the 9/11 attacks.
Mortimer L. Downey, Vice Chair, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority +
Mortimer Downey joined the Board in January 2010 as the first member appointed by the Federal Government. Mr. Downey served as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation from 1993 to 2001 and as an Assistant Secretary of Transportation from 1977 to 1981. In 2008 he led the Obama Transition agency review team for transportation. In all these periods, he was involved in issues affecting Metro. From 1981 to 1993, he was an officer of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, serving for several years as its Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer. Since 2001, he has been a transportation consultant, working on a wide variety of institutional, financial and organizational issues for public and private clients both foreign and domestic. He holds a B.A. degree from Yale University in political science, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He has received numerous transportation awards, including one of the three lifetime achievement awards ever granted by the American Public Transportation Association. He is a resident of Oakton, VA.
Clark W. Gellings, Fellow, Electric Power Research Institute +
Mr. Gellings holds the position of Fellow at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and is responsible for technology strategy in areas concerning energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy resources, and other clean technologies. Gellings joined EPRI in 1982 progressing through a series of technical management and executive positions including seven vice president positions. He was also chief executive officer of several EPRI subsidiaries. Prior to joining EPRI, he spent 14 years with Public Service Electric & Gas Company. Gellings has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Newark College of Engineering in New Jersey, a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a Master of Management Science from the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (Advisory Member) +
Patricia A. Hoffman was named Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) at the United States Department of Energy (DOE) in June 2010 after serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary since November 2007. The focus of her responsibility is to provide leadership on a national level to modernize the electric grid, enhance the security and reliability of the energy infrastructure and facilitate recovery from disruptions to the energy supply both domestically and internationally. Prior to her current position, Ms. Hoffman served in a dual capacity as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Research and Development (R&D) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) within OE. During her tenure as the DAS for R&D, she developed the long-term research strategy and improved the management portfolio of research programs for modernizing and improving the resiliency of the electric grid.
J. Robert Hunter, Insurance Director, Consumer Federation of America +
Bob Hunter is a consumer-oriented former Texas Insurance Commissioner. He has served as the President and Founder of the National Insurance Consumer Organization and in various roles at the Federal Insurance Administration, including Federal Insurance Administrator (FIA), Deputy Federal Insurance Administrator and Chief Actuary. At the FIA, Hunter ran the National Flood Insurance Program and other programs.
Sudhakar Kesavan, Chair and CEO, ICF International +
ICF is a major consulting firm that works in infrastructure planning and emergency preparedness. During Katrina, they administered a $9 billion grant from HUD to provide housing for 115,000 people, and did other infrastructure work. Mr. Kesavan is a Board Member Emeritus of the Rainforest Alliance, a New York-based nonprofit environmental organization committed to protecting ecosystems by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior. He has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology; a postgraduate diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management; and an M.S. from the Technology and Policy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Roy Kienitz, Former Under Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation +
Kienitz is President of Roy Kienitz, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in policy, finance and project management for major infrastructure investments. Before starting his own business, Kienitz worked in and out of government at the federal and state levels for 25 years. Most recently he served at the U.S. Department of Transportation as Under Secretary for Policy, the number three position in the agency. While at DOT he created and oversaw the TIGER discretionary grant program, and was deeply involved in high speed rail, the TIFIA loan program, and other major investment and regulatory efforts. Before being appointed to USDOT by President Obama, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania. In this role he oversaw transportation and environmental policy and managed major infrastructure projects. Prior to this he spent several years as Secretary for Planning for the State of Maryland. Kienitz began his career in the U.S. Senate, where he worked for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, including two years as Chief of Staff.
Timothy Killeen, President, SUNY Research Foundation and SUNY Vice-Chancellor for Research +
In his dual role, Dr. Killeen is at the center of SUNY’s strategy for the growth of basic, translational, and clinical research. Prior to joining the RF and SUNY Dr. Killeen was the National Science Foundation’s assistant director for geosciences beginning in 2008. As head of one of the scientific directorates of the NSF, he managed a funding portfolio of roughly $880 million, up from $750 million when he started. Dr. Killeen was also a Lyall Research Professor at the University of Colorado and, in 2007, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. From 2000-2008, he served as director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), one of the premier atmospheric and climate-change research centers in the world and one of most-cited research centers in its fields.
Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund +
Krupp is a graduate of Yale with a law degree from the U Michigan. Prior to joining Environmental Defense Fund, Krupp spent several years in private law practice in New Haven. During that time he also was founder and general counsel for the Connecticut Fund for the Environment (1978–1984), a leading state environmental group. Since 1984, when he became president of EDF, he has been influential in developing many innovative market-based solutions, including the acid rain reduction plan in the 1990 Clean Air Act, and the U.S. proposal to achieve least-cost greenhouse gas reductions in the Kyoto Protocol. Krupp serves on the boards of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, the John F. Kennedy School of Government Environment Council, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the Leadership Council of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He is the recipient of the 1999 Keystone Leadership in Environment Award, and the 2002 Champion Award from the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment.
Sylvia Lee, Water Manager, Skoll Global Threats +
She has over a decade of experience in the water sector and most recently worked as a water resources specialist for the South Asia Region of the World Bank based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Her work at the World Bank focused on transboundary water issues and climate change adaptation resilience building for vulnerable communities. Prior to World Bank, Lee was with the World Economic Forum based in Geneva, Switzerland, serving most recently as associate director, Environmental Initiatives, where she led the WEF’s Water Initiative. Her work focused on raising awareness of the global water challenge and engaging the private sector in water. Lee has also worked as a consulting engineer on water and sanitation design and construction projects in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Joe Lhota, Chair and CEO of the Metropolitan Transit Authority +
Before joining the MTA, Mr. Lhota served as executive vice president, administration for the Madison Square Garden Company, a division of Cablevision, where he was responsible for the development and execution of companywide human resources strategies, government affairs, information technology, and an array of corporate services. He was New York City deputy mayor for operations under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, where he oversaw day-to-day management of the city, and supervised city agencies. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the innovative strategies and initiatives that accomplished the successful turnaround of the city as well as its coordinated response after September 11, 2001. Before being appointed deputy mayor Mr. Lhota was the city's budget director, managing the city's $36 billion operating budget and $45 billion capital budget. He also served as the commissioner of finance for New York City and was a board member of the MTA. Prior to his government service he had a 15-year career in investment banking as director of public finance for First Boston and managing director of the Municipal Securities Group for PaineWebber Incorporated.
Miho Mazereeuw, Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology +
Miho Mazereeuw is a landscape architect and architect who has taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the University of Toronto prior to joining the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is completing her forthcoming book entitled Preemptive Design: Disaster and Urban Development along the Pacific Ring of Fire featuring case studies on infrastructure design, multifunctional public space and innovative planning strategies in earthquake prone regions. Her design work on disaster prevention has been exhibited at the Architect’s Museum in Tokyo Japan, University of Texas at Austin and de Ark Architecture Center in Leewarden Netherlands. As a co-director of OPSYS, Mazereeuw is collaborating on a number of projects with international non-profit organizations in the field of disaster reconstruction/prevention and is currently working in Haiti, Japan and Chile.
Guy J.P. Nordenson, Partner, Guy Nordenson and Associates +
Guy Nordenson is a professor of structural engineering and architecture at Princeton University and a faculty associate of the University Center for Human Values, the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment executive. Nordenson was the structural engineer for The Museum of Modern Art expansion and New Museum in New York, the Jubilee Church in Rome, the Santa Fe Opera House, and over 100 other structures. Nordenson has been active in earthquake engineering, including code development, long-range planning and research for FEMA and the USGS. He initiated and led the development of the New York City Seismic Code from 1984 to its enactment into Local Law 17 in 1995. His climate adaptation research project “On the Water | Palisade Bay” was funded by the 2007 AIA College of Fellows Latrobe Research Prize and led to MoMA’s “Rising Currents” workshop and exhibition.
John Porcari, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation (Advisory Member) +
As Deputy Secretary, Porcari is the Department of Transportation’s chief operating officer with responsibility for day-to-day operations of the 10 modal administrations and the work of more than 55,000 DOT employees nationwide and overseas. Porcari previously served two tours as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation from January 2007 to June 2009 and between 1999 and 2003. As MDDOT Secretary, Porcari was responsible for an integrated, multi-modal, statewide transportation system that included highways, transit, the Port of Baltimore, Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, a statewide general aviation system, Maryland’s toll authority and its Motor Vehicle Administration.
Robert Puentes, Senior Fellow Brookings Institute +
Robert Puentes is a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program where he also directs the Program's Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative. The Initiative was established to address the pressing transportation and infrastructure challenges facing cities and suburbs in the United States and abroad.
Gil Quiniones, President and CEO, New York Power Authority +
Quiniones previously served as acting president and CEO and was the chief operating officer since June 2008. Quiniones is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the electric power industry’s international research and development organization. Quiniones served for more than four years as senior vice president of energy and telecommunications for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. In that capacity, he was the city’s chief consultant on energy policy issues and established and led Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Energy Policy Task Force, a publicprivate group that developed a comprehensive strategy for meeting future energy needs and helped formulate the energy-related initiatives in PlaNYC, the city’s long-term sustainability plan.
Jack Quinn, President, Erie Community College +
Jack Quinn has been the president of Erie Community College in Buffalo since April 2008. From January 1993 to January 2005, Mr. Quinn served as a United States Congressman for the state of New York. While in Congress, Mr. Quinn was Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads. He was also a senior member of the Transportation Subcommittees on Aviation, Highways and Mass Transit. In addition, Mr. Quinn was Chairman of the Executive Committee in the Congressional Steel Caucus. Prior to his election to Congress, Mr. Quinn served as supervisor of the town of Hamburg, New York. Mr. Quinn has served as a trustee of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust since 2005. From January 2005 to March 2008, he was President of Cassidy & Associates, a government relations firm which assists clients promoting policy and appropriations objectives in Washington, D.C. with a focus on transportation, aviation, railroad, highway, infrastructure, corporate and industry clients.
Scott Rechler, Vice-Chair, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey +
Mr. Rechler is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of RXR Realty LLC. Since its formation in January 2007, Mr. Rechler has led RXR in becoming one of the New York Tri-State area's leading real estate companies with approximately $3.5 billion of assets under management invested in a portfolio of 105 operating properties encompassing 15.0 million square feet.
Jonathan F.P. Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies +
Rose leads a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, consulting and investment firm, and is a leading green urban solutions provider. He is a recognized thought leader in the Smart Growth, national infrastructure, green building and affordable housing movements. His firm’s work has won awards from a wide range of organizations including Global Green USA, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects. He is a Trustee of several organizations, including the Natural Resource Defense Council and the Urban Land Institute, and is on the leadership council of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale School of Architecture. He also chaired the MTA’s Blue Ribbon Sustainability Commission, which developed the nation’s first green transit plan.
Lisa Rosenblum, Executive Vice-President for Government and Public Affairs, Cablevision +
As executive vice president, Ms. Rosenblum is responsible for directing Cablevision’s local, state and federal government relations as well as all legislative, regulatory and policy matters for the company’s business units. This includes Cablevision’s Optimum-branded digital video, voice and high-speed Internet services; its Optimum Lightpath commercial telecommunications services; the Rainbow Media national cable networks; Clearview Cinemas; and the company’s local media and programming assets, which consist of Newsday Media Group, News 12 Networks and MSG Varsity. In addition, Ms. Rosenblum oversees Cablevision’s nationally recognized education initiative, Power to Learn. Using the company's state-of-the-art technology and resources, Power to Learn's "Triple Play for Education" provides all K-12 schools in the communities Cablevision serves with free access to a full suite of digital video, voice and high-speed Internet services, as well as innovative online content. Today, more than 4,000 schools within the tri-state area participate in this initiative.
John Shinn, USW District 4 Director, United Steelworkers +
The USW is the largest industrial union in North America and the dominant union in steel and cement, as well as aluminum, paper, forestry products, tire and rubber, mining, glass, chemicals, petroleum and other basic resource industries. Gerard advocates “rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure” as a jobs, competitiveness and national security priority.
Mark Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy +
The Conservancy is the world’s leading conservation organization working around the world to save the lands and waters on which all life depends. It uses a science-based, collaborative approach to solve complex global challenges: conserving critical lands, restoring the world’s oceans, securing fresh water and reducing the impacts of climate change. Before joining The Nature Conservancy, Mark was a managing director at Goldman Sachs, where he played a key role in developing the firm’s environmental strategy. He headed the firm’s Environmental Strategy Group and Center for Environmental Markets, which worked to develop and promote market-based solutions to environmental challenges. Mark also headed various business units at the firm, including Corporate Finance, Equity Capital Markets, Consumer/Healthcare and Leadership Development.
Robert D. Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association (also member of the NY Works Task Force) +
Mr. Yaro is President of Regional Plan Association, the nation’s oldest independent metropolitan policy, research, and advocacy group. RPA promotes the livability, vitality, and sustainability of the New York metropolitan region. Mr. Yaro led development of and co-authored RPA’s Third Regional Plan, A Region at Risk, and has authored and co-authored numerous papers on articles on planning and infrastructure for the five boroughs and the metropolitan region. He founded and co-chairs America 2050, RPA’s initiative to create a national development and infrastructure plan. He has worked for years to protect important landscapes and develop parks and public spaces in New York and New England. In addition to leading RPA, Mr. Yaro is Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and has consulted on city and regional planning issues across the United States and in Europe, China, Japan, Turkey, and North Africa.