Heather Lubov joined CPF as Executive Director in November 2014. Previously, she had been a member of the leadership team at Park Avenue Armory as its Chief Development Officer and Vice President for Planning. Prior to her work at the Park Avenue Armory, Lubov worked at the New York Public Library for more than fourteen years, most recently as its Vice President for Development. Lubov received her Master of Public Administration (with a specialization in public and nonprofit management and policy) from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, and her B.A. from Columbia University. Lubov, a native New Yorker, lives on the Upper West Side.
Josy Dussek Dunne is the Director of Arts Operations for City Parks Foundation. She has been with the organization since 2002. During her tenure, she has been responsible for overseeing day-to-day festival administrative operations and all financial matters. In her role as Arts Community Outreach liaison, she develops relationships with key community and cultural organizations identify neighborhood’s arts and cultural special needs. With over 18 years as a performing arts administrator, Ms Dussek Dunne has worked with organizations such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, WHNO-TV and Essence Music Festivals. Besides her love for music, her hobbies are reading, cooking and spending time with family.
Simon Chu has been CPF’s Director of Finance since 2004. Prior to working at CPF, he worked as a CPA specializing in non-profit organizations. Mr. Chu has also worked at the United Cerebral Palsy Association of NYS overseeing budgeting and financial reporting. He received his B.S. from the Stern School of Business of New York University.
Debra Sue Lorenzen joined CPF's Education department in October 2012. She has over two decades of experience in non-profit leadership, fundraising, arts and education. She was the co-founder and Executive Director of Making Books Sing - a nonprofit that worked with NYC DOE to bring school day and after school programs to more than 40,000 children in all five boroughs. Debra Sue was also Development Director for Dance Theater Workshop. She holds a Master's of Science in Education from Bank Street College and an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College in Performing Arts Management.
Erika Elliott is an established and well-recognized leader in the field and a creative programmer with over 25 years of experience in a variety of roles within the music & entertainment industry. She currently the long-standing Artistic Director at SummerStage/ City Parks Foundation. CPF is the largest presenter of free Arts and Culture in New York City, presenting annually over 100 free programs, including 35+ performances at SummerStage in Central Park, as well as three full months of programming Citywide at SummerStage performances in all 5 boroughs of New York City, and the annual three-day Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. She is responsible for the overall artistic vision of the festival, programming the talent and developing larger thematic programs and commissions. Under her tenor, the attendance and notoriety of the entire festival has grown, exponentially. Originally from Los Angeles, Erika joined the staff of Loud Records in 1996, working in both the marketing and promotion departments on seminal Hip-Hop projects such as Wu-Tang’s Forever, and Big Punisher’s Capital Punishment. Erika then spent 2+ years in the Artist Development department of RCA Music Group, developing the careers of Christina Aguilera, and the Foo Fighters. In 2001, she was hired as Talent Buyer/ Director of Urban Music at S.O.B’s (a 500 capacity club in lower Manhattan). At S.O.B’s, she created and developed the SOULCITY series, which launched the careers of then-unsigned artists like John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, Ledisi, and Kanye West.
Nora Lanning has been with CPF since early 2007. She has helped develop and implement the marketing strategies that have led to all-time highs for attendance and visibility for CPF’s programs, including the rebranding of the SummerStage festival in 2010 and the re-launch of both CityParksFoundation.org and SummerStage.org. Before coming to CPF, Ms. Lanning worked for The Princeton Review, managing a team of NYC public school teachers and private education consultants, and served in the Americorps program, where she managed an after-school youth center creating and implementing arts, sports and education programs. She received her B.A. from Kent State University.
Sabina joined CPF in 2005 as an Outreach Coordinator for Queens and Manhattan. In this capacity, she managed several projects, including the Greening Western Queens initiative, a $2mllion dollar tree planting and stewardship program in coordination with NYC Parks and Recreation. In 2007, Ms. Saragoussi became the Director of Outreach for Queens and Manhattan, where she supervised a staff of 8 across multiple offices and was responsible for evaluating programs and identifying new opportunities for community organizations and stakeholders. Before joining City Parks Foundation, she was a field organizer for EnviroCitizen in Seattle, WA. Ms. Saragoussi earned her Bachelor’s Degree in political science from SUNY Freedonia.
For the past 25 years Mike Silverman has created numerous innovative sports programs in parks for children and seniors that now reach over 15,000 New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs. A widely-respected national expert in youth sports programs, Mr. Silverman has authored articles that have appeared in publications such as Parks & Recreation and Tennis Industry is a certified Level 1 USPTR tennis teaching professional. He began his career in 1986 as the Tennis Director for the NYC Parks Department, developing citywide tennis initiatives that continue to make the sport more accessible for urban youth, including the Reebok Junior Tennis Academy, CityParks Junior Tournament Series, and the JPMorgan Chase Aces Tournament. Building on this success, Silverman launched CityParks Golf in 1999 and devised the creation of CPF’s CityParks Junior Golf Center, CityParks Track & Field, and most recently, CityParks Fitness in 2010, all designed to encourage city youth to stay active and provide support for dedicated participants who wish to further their skills. On April 25, 2014, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Eastern Division inducted Mike Silverman into their Tennis Hall of Fame for his exceptional contribution to the sport of tennis.