Alison Tocci joined CPF as President in September 2011. Previously, she had been President of Time Out America, which encompasses Time Out New York, the city’s most comprehensive arts and entertainment listings source. Ms. Tocci also has been Chair of the Waterfront Museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn for the past 12 years, and is a board member of the Municipal Art Society of New York. Prior to working with Time Out New York, she was launch Publisher of monthly Brooklyn Bridge magazine, General Manager of Brooklyn Paper Publications and Advertising Manager for Nashoba Publications. Alison is a graduate of Boston University, and spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon, Africa.
Ian Noble joined CPF in April 2014. Previously, Mr. Noble was Senior Producer at New York City-based Metropolitan Entertainment from 2003 to 2014, where he oversaw all of the company’s live entertainment. The company produced a wide range of events in New York City and across the U.S. and Canada in venues ranging from clubs to theaters, amphitheaters, and arenas. Over the years Metropolitan presented a who’s who of top tier artists including Simon and Garfunkel, Eric Clapton, Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Foo Fighters, among numerous others. Noble hails from Vancouver, BC where he started playing music in his teens as a drummer in a succession of rock groups. He began his career in the live entertainment business in 1989 and prior to joining Metropolitan has worked as a Talent Buyer for some of North America’s largest concert promoting companies including Delsener Slater Enterprises in New York, Concert Productions International in Toronto, and Perryscope Concert Productions in Vancouver.
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.
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.