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Prospect Park Alliance sustains, restores and advances Prospect Park to benefit the diverse communities we serve, in partnership with the City of New York.

The Alliance

Leadership

Susan M. Donoghue

President and Park Administrator

In this dual appointment by the Alliance and NYC Parks, Sue is responsible for setting the vision and overall strategy for Prospect Park. Prior to her appointment in October 2014, Sue served as a Senior Advisor and Assistant Commissioner at NYC Parks, where she played a leadership role in PlaNYC, Mayor Bloomberg's blueprint for enhancing the city's sustainability. Through these initiatives, the city has planted more than 1,000,000 trees, renovated and constructed eight regional parks, and added over 260 new community playgrounds in all five boroughs. Sue earned a Masters in Public Administration from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. She is a neighborhood resident, and she and her husband and three children avidly enjoy Prospect Park as part of their daily life.

James Snow

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Since 2004, James Snow has been a core member of the Prospect Park Alliance’s senior management team. As the Vice President for Capital Projects from 2007 to 2012, James coordinated $74 million in public and private funding for the award-winning LeFrak Center at Lakeside. Upon completion of the new facility, he oversaw and negotiated the contract for its operation. He is currently COO and CFO, responsible for Finance, Information Technologies, Human Resources and Visitor Services. James has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales since 1991.

Josephine Pittari

Vice President and Chief of Operations

As Vice President and Chief of Operations, a dual Alliance and NYC Parks appointment, Josephine is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Prospect Park, including special events and the Parade Ground, as well as coordination with the New York Police Department and Department of Sanitation. She began her career in Prospect Park in 1986 as a Park Enforcement Patrol officer, and moved through the organization to become Vice President and Chief of Operations in 2003, and her current position in 2006. She is a lifelong Brooklyn resident.

Christian Zimmerman

Vice President of Capital and Landscape Management

Since 1990, Christian has been the guiding hand for one of the most respected ongoing park restorations in the country. He oversees capital design, construction and landscape management, leading a team of architects, landscape architects, horticulturists, arborists and ecologists. Christian is nationally recognized for his historic preservation work, and has been a consultant to the National Parks Service and other parks around the country. In 2010, he was named a American Society of Landscape Architects Fellow.

Maria Carrasco

Vice President of Public Programs

Since 1995, Maria Carrasco has overseen multiple initiatives in Prospect Park and now as Vice President of Public Programs leads and supports a professional staff at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Volunteer Program. Maria has a BA in Journalism from the NYU College of Arts and Sciences, and a MA and joint-certificate degree in Liberal and Museum Studies from the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Maria and her son are frequent Park visitors and can often be found digging potatoes at Lefferts Historic House, fishing at Pop-up Audubon or working alongside volunteers.

Jessica Green Wilson

Vice President of Development and Marketing

Jessica Green Wilson joined the Prospect Park Alliance in January 2015. She brings a wealth of experience developing partnerships and strategies to enhance outreach, build community engagement and drive fundraising capacity. Jessica previously led engagement efforts at Columbia University and the National Audubon Society, where she expanded digital outreach and online fundraising efforts. After starting her career in science education, she worked for a number of years managing marketing programs at American Express. Jessica earned a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from Columbia Business School. A lifelong New Yorker, she can often be spotted running, walking her dog or birding around Prospect Park.

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