Advisory Board New York

Craig Dessen is currently Managing Director at Roundtable Investment Partners, a private investment partnership founded in 2006 by a group of successful and experienced entrepreneurs, executives and investors. Previously, he served as Vice President of Post Rock Advisors, and as a Financial Analyst for Arrow Electronics, Inc., an international technology equipment and services company.

Vanessa Barboni Hallik is the founder and CEO of Another Tomorrow, an end-to-end sustainable apparel company and platform for discovery and action committed to transparency and a circular economy. She is also an investor in early-stage companies with strong ESG commitments and potential to catalyze positive change. Vanessa serves on the Advisory Boards for Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Trust for Public Land. 

Steven G. Horowitz serves as Chief Legal and Risk Officer at Open Space Institute, based in New York. 

Sarah Jackson is a Principal of Spinnaker Ventures.

Jennifer Jones is an associate director of foundation relations and grants management at The Rockefeller University. She found Trust for Public Land decades ago through her interest in creating green spaces in urban communities. She lives in Brooklyn.

Elizabeth (Beth) A. Maher is a retired Learning Disabilities Specialist who is now focused fundraising for a number of non-profit organizations.

Philip G. Meeks is Executive Vice President and President of Spectrum Business Enterprise at Charter Communications. In his role, Mr. Meeks oversees all commercial operations, marketing and strategy and sales for Spectrum Business Enterprise, which provides enterprise-grade Internet, networking, voice, commercial video and managed services to Charter’s largest customers.

Miles Pincus is an entrepreneur, restaurateur, and historic vessel conservationist. He is a co-founder of signature restaurants Grand Banks, Pilot, and Island Oyster in New York City; and Seaworthy in New Orleans (in partnership with Ace Hotel). Miles also operates Pier 25 Marina, a public marina in lower Manhattan, and Heritage Marine Works, a historic ship restoration facility in Brooklyn.

David Poppe is the president of Giverny Capital Asset Management, LLC. Previously, he spent 20 years at the investment firm Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb, LLC. From 2006 until his retirement at the end of 2018, he was a co-manager and director of the firm’s flagship Sequoia Fund. From 2016 to 2018, he served as the firm’s CEO. In 2011, he and a partner were named domestic equity managers of the year by the mutual fund rating service Morningstar. Before joining Ruane in 1999, David had a 12-year career in financial journalism. He’s a former Scoutmaster of his son’s Boy Scout troop and an enthusiastic skier and hiker. He and his wife Cherie Henderson are longtime supporters of TPL’s New York City Playgrounds program. He holds a BA from Columbia University.

Mr. David B. Ragins serves as a Managing Director of Clarion Capital Partners, LLC. He joined the Clarion Capital Partners in 2006. Previously, Mr. Ragins served as an Associate at Seaport Capital Partners from February 2001 to 2006 and was involved in the sourcing and due diligence of new portfolio company investments.

Lisa Sarajian is a retired finance professional, having worked most recently with S & P Global, where she oversaw a credit research team focused on public and private real estate companies. She is an investor, finance consultant and active volunteer with several local, not-for-profit organizations. She is currently pursuing French language studies and course work in gardening and horticulture through the New York Botanical Gardens. Originally from Atlanta, with continued strong ties there, Lisa enjoys living on the verdant and colorful Upper West Side of Manhattan. 

Rohan Singal is the Lead of Sales Excellence at Salesforce. Mr. Singal specializes in guiding organizations through complex strategy-through-execution projects that drive growth and increase profits

After graduating from Princeton University with a BA in History, Sharon worked in Seoul, Korea at The Korea Herald as a Princeton in Asia Fellow. She then earned an MSt in Modern History from Oxford University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denny Chin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She worked as an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of NY. Sharon is currently the Judicial Assistant to Hon. Denny Chin at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

Jonathan Wiesner is currently the CEO at the Garrison Institute. Founded in 2003, the Garrison Institute is a non-profit organization which applies the transformative power of contemplation to today’s pressing social and environmental concerns, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future. Working collaboratively with experts in diverse fields, the Institute develops and hosts both in person and virtual programs, produces research and publications, and provides a hub for ongoing learning networks. It has established key initiatives in the fields of ecology, caregiving, education, and organizational leadership. 

Peter M. Wolf is a land use expert, author and investment advisor.