Board of The Seward Park Conservancy, Inc.
Amy Robinson, President, is a film producer. Some of her credits include "Julie and Julia”, "Running on Empty" and "For Love of the Game". She has served on the board of the Producers Guild East and she was a founding Board Member of The Creative Coalition. Robinson was also a member of the inaugural class of the Sundance Institute and served as an adviser and mentor with that organization for many years. She is a passionate volunteer gardener in Seward Park Garden.
Linda Jones, Treasurer, is a community activist, working on park, landmarks, and other neighborhood issues. She is a member of Community Board 3 and chairs the Landmarks Committee. She is a founding member of the preservation organization Friends of the Lower East Side and an adviser to the Historic Districts Council. She earns her living as a computer consultant. As a founding member of Friends of Seward Park, Linda has worked weekly to maintain the garden in Seward Park.
J. Terence MacAvery, Assistant Treasurer, is an attorney and CPA with more than 30 years of experience working with clients in a wide variety of industries. Terry serves on the Board of NYC SALT, a 501c3 that provides photography training and college prep mentoring. He also serves as an adviser to the Theater for the New City in Manhattan.
Jodi Zagoory, Secretary, is an attorney who works as an arbitrator and an administrative law judge for the City of New York. She has resided on the Lower East Side for the last 15 years and previously served on the Board of Directors of Seward Park Cooperative, a Lower East Side residential co-op.
Ron Castellano, Director, is an architect and developer who has restored and adaptively reused two iconic Lower East Side buildings—the Jewish Daily Forward building and the Garfield. He is currently working as an architect on the restoration of the neighborhood’s tallest landmark, the Jarmulowsky Bank Building, which will become a boutique hotel. Ron is also involved in neighborhood place-making efforts such as the Hester Street Fair.
Carol Anastasio, Director, worked for NYC Department of Parks & Recreation for 25 years. Her last position was manager of Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, where she oversaw every component of management and operations. Prior to that, she spent 15 years running the volunteer department of Prospect Park, one of the largest volunteer programs in the country.
Gigi Li, Director, served as the Director of Neighborhood Family Services Coalition, a not-for-profit organization focused on transforming best practice to policy for children, youth, and families. Li has been a member of Community Board 3 (CB3) since 2009, and served as Chair of CB 3 from 2012-2016. She co-chaired the Chinatown Working Group, and serves on multiple boards of local organizations.
Miriam Nagler, Director, has been a resident in Seward Park for over 25 years and has been witness to major transformations in the neighborhood. She also works as a Registered Nurse in a local hospital serving the community.
Chris Anjesky, Director, has had a longtime interest in preserving the city’s parks and green spaces. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, specializing in fundraising, communications and marketing. She’s currently managing director at Urban Green Council, the city’s leading voice for making NYC buildings healthier and more sustainable. She’s lived in New York City for over 30 years, and delighted to be back on the Lower East Side after 14 years in Brooklyn.