NY Forward Advisory Board

The New York Forward Reopening Advisory Board will help guide the state’s reopening strategy. The advisory board will be chaired by former secretaries to the Governor Steve Cohen and Bill Mulrow and includes over 100 business, community and civic leaders from industries across the state. 

Quenia Abreu
President New York Women's Chamber of Commerce

Elizabeth Alexander
President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Vincent Alvarez
President, NYC Central Labor Council

Stuart Appelbaum
President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union

Robert Bakish
CEO, Viacom

Ajay Banga
CEO, MasterCard

Kathy Behrens
President, Social Responsibility & Player Programs, National Basketball Association

Bill Berkley
Chair, NYU

Greg Biryla
State Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Albert Bourla
CEO, Pfizer

Elizabeth Bradley
President, Vassar College

Kyle Bragg
President, SEIU 32BJ

Heather Briccetti
President & CEO, The Business Council

Tory Burch
Executive Chair, Tory Burch LLC

Gerrard P. Bushell
Former President and CEO of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)

James Cahill
President, NYS Building and Construction Trades

Wellington Chen
Executive Director of Chinatown Business Improvement District

Mario Cilento
President, NYS AFL-CIO

Henry Cisneros
Siebert, Brandford, Shank & Co.

Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner
President, SUNY Buffalo State College

Steven M. Cohen
Former Secretary to the Governor

Lou Coletti
President, Building Trades Employers Association

Stacey Cunningham
President, NYSE

Vijay Dandapani
President & CEO, Hotel Association of NYC

Sonya Del Peral
Nine Pin Ciderworks

Mylan Denerstein
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Alicia Fernandez Dicks
President/CEO, Community Foundation of Oneida and Herkimer

James Dolan
CEO, Madison Square Garden

Gary Douglas
President & CEO, North Country Chamber of Commerce

Jonathan Drapkin
President & CEO, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress

Stacey Duncan
Executive Director, The Agency

Leecia Eve
Vice President of State Government Affairs, Verizon

Melissa Fleischut
President & CEO, NYS Restaurant Association

Bill Ford
CEO, General Atlantic LLC

Jane Fraser
President, Citigroup

Adena Friedman
President & CEO, Nasdaq

Joanna Geraghty
President & COO, Jetblue Airways Corp

Raymond Gindi
COO, Century 21

Ken Goldberg
President, Amusement and Music Operators Association of NY

Bea Grause
President, Healthcare Association of New York State

Jonathan Gray
President & COO, Blackstone Group

George Gresham
President, 1199SEIU

Horacio Gutierrez
General Counsel, Spotify

Sabrina HoSang Jordan
CEO, Caribbean Food Delights, Inc.

Maria Imperial
CEO, YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester

Shirley Ann Jackson
President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Amarilis Jacobo
President, National Hispanic Dental Association

Jeremy Jacobs Jr
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Delaware North

Michele Johnson
YWCAs of Elmira – President of YWCAs NYS

René Jones
Chair & CEO, M&T Bank

Michel Khalaf
President & CEO, MetLife

Pat Kane
Executive Director, New York State Nurses Association

Gary LaBarbera
President, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York

Mary Beth Labate
President, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities

Kevin Law
President & CEO, Long Island Association, Inc.

Jon Ledecky
Co-Owner, NY Islanders

Kewsong Lee
Co-CEO, Carlyle Group

Randy Levine
President, NY Yankees

Mayra Linares-Garcia
VP of Public Affairs and Communications at Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages

Melanie Littlejohn
Chair, Board of Directors, CenterState CEO

Melinda Mack
Executive Director, NYATEP

Joanie Mahoney
Chief Operating Officer, SUNY ESF

Carl McCall
Former Chair, SUNY Board of Trustees; Former NYS Comptroller

Brenda McDuffie
President & CEO at Buffalo Urban League

James McKenna
CEO, Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism

Cheryl McKissack Daniel
President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack

Father Joseph McShane
President, Fordham University

Elizabeth Moore
General Counsel, Con Edison

Wes Moore
CEO, Robin Hood

Marc Morial
President & CEO, National Urban League

William J. Mulrow
Former Secretary to the Governor

John McAvoy
Chairman, President & CEO, Con Edison

Danny Meyer
CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group

Dr. Belinda S. Miles
President, SUNY Westchester Community College

Frankie Miranda
President & CEO, Hispanic Federation

George Miranda
International Vice President- At Large, Teamsters

Orinthia T. Montague
President, Tompkins Cortland Community College

Henry Muñoz
Chairman & CEO, Kell Muñoz Architects, Inc.

Candice Niu
Executive Director, China General Chamber of Commerce

Brian O'Donoghue

Ana Oliveira
President & CEO, The New York Women’s Foundation

Kim Pegula
President and CEO, Pegula Sports and Entertainment

Elizabeth Peralta
Executive Director, National Supermarket Association

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker
President/CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Charles Phillips
Chair, Infor

Martha Pollack
President, Cornell University

Ted Potrikus
President & CEO, Retail Council of New York State

Christine Quinn
President & CEO, Women in Need

Ken Raske
President, Greater NY Hospital Association

Scott Rechler
CEO & Chairman, RXR Realty

Andrew Rigie
President, NYC Hospitality Alliance

Linda Brown-Robinson
President, Syracuse Onondaga NAACP

Lisa Rosenblum
Vice Chair, Altice

Jane Rosenthal
Co-Founder & CEO, Tribeca Enterprises

Steven Rubenstein
Chairman, Association for a Better New York

Bill Rudin
Rudin Management Company

Kevin Ryan
Co-Founder, MongoDB

Julie Samuels
President, Tech:NYC

Rob Sands
Chairman, Constellation Brands

Theresa Sanders
President of the Urban League of Long Island

Jaime Saunders
CEO, United Way of Greater Rochester

Diane Serratore
Executive Director, Help From People to People

Carlo Scissura
President & CEO, NY Building Congress

Leonard Schleifer
CEO, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Jeff Shell
CEO, NBC Universal

Josh Silverman
CEO, Etsy

Lisa Sorin
President, Bronx Chamber of Commerce

Rob Speyer
President & CEO, Tishman Speyer

Ty Stone
President, Jefferson County Community College

Ken Sunshine
President, Sunshine Sachs

Steve Swartz
President & CEO, Hearst; Co- Chair, Partnership for NYC

Chandrika Tandon
Chair, Tandon Capital Associates

Elinor Tatum
Publisher and Editor in Chief, New York Amsterdam News

Crickett Thomas-O’Dell
Regional Director, Workforce Development Institute

Bill Thompson
Chairman, CUNY

Merryl Tisch
Chairman, SUNY

Erin Tolefree
Executive Vice President, Baldwin Richardson Foods

Clara Wu Tsai
Owner, Brooklyn Nets/New York Liberty

Elizabeth Velez
CEO Velez Organization & Chair, NY Building Congress

Fanny Villarreal
Executive Director, YWCA Syracuse Onondaga County

Dennis Walcott
Former NYC School Chancellor

John Waldron
President and COO, Goldman Sachs

Darren Walker
President, Ford Foundation

Peter Ward
President, NY Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO

Nicole Wegman
Senior Vice President, Wegmans

Anthony Welters
Executive Chairman, BlackIvy Group, LLC

Jim Whelan
President, Real Estate Board of New York

Jeff Wilpon
COO, NY Mets

Tren'ness Woods-Black
Sylvia’s Restaurant

Sheena Wright
President & CEO, United Way of New York City

Kathy Wylde
President & CEO, Partnership for NYC

Jo-Ann Yoo
Executive Director, Asian American Federation

Kristine M. Young
President, Orange County Community College

Lourdes Zapata
President & CEO at South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation