Cheryl Cohen Effron 

Cheryl Cohen Effron Cheryl Cohen Effron spent most of her career as a New York-based real estate developer. Ms. Effron was president of ATC Management, known for its contributions to New York City’s emerging neighborhoods—including for its creation of Chelsea Market as well as management and redevelopment of warehouses in Long Island City into The Falchi Building, The Factory and the Center Building, among others. Ms. Effron left full-time real estate work to dedicate her time to tri-sector (government, non-profit and corporate) solutions for urban issues. She recently stepped down from the City Planning Commission where she was an appointee of the Mayor.

Ms. Effron is currently board chair of Greater NY, a non-profit she co-founded during the financial crisis in 2009 which pairs civic leaders in the business world with the heads of non-profit organizations in two-year one-on-one strategic partnerships. Additionally, Ms. Effron has served on more than thirty non-profit boards. She is the immediate past-president of the board of the Dalton School, the treasurer of the board of the Brookings Institution, a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, a trustee of Friends of the High Line and of the International Rescue Committee, and an honorary trustee of New York Cares where she was a founding director. 

She is co-chair of the president’s leadership committee at Brown University where she received her BA, and she is a member of the advisory council of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Among her philanthropic roles, she is the founder of the Conjunction Fund and chairman of the board of the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Ms. Effron has served on a variety of New York City and State task forces and commissions over the last thirty years. She is currently a board member of the Trust for Governors Island.

Ms. Effron is married to Blair Effron with whom she has three children.

Jamie Rubin

Jamie Rubin is a veteran of federal and state government and a longtime investment professional. He served in the Clinton Administration, then spent 15 years on Wall Street as an investment banker and partner with two global private equity firms. Jamie rejoined the public sector in 2012, helping to set up and run President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. From 2013 through 2017 Jamie worked for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a number of senior positions, including a year as Director of State Operations. Jamie is now CEO of Meridiam NA, a developer of large infrastructure projects in the US and Canada. Jamie is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. He and his wife, author and podcaster Gretchen Rubin, live in New York City with their daughters and a dog.