New York Public Radio Welcomes Nine New Members to Board of Trustees in 2022
(New York, NY — Tuesday, December 20th) — New York Public Radio (NYPR) has appointed nine new members to its Board of Trustees. NYPR is the home of WNYC, WQXR, WNYC Studios, Gothamist, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and New Jersey Public Radio.
At the December Board meeting, three new members were elected: Anna Quindlen, New York Times bestselling author and journalist; Diego Ibargüen, senior counsel at Hearst Corporation; and Anita Laremont, partner at the law firm Fried Frank and former NYC Planning Commission Chair.
Earlier this year, six additional members joined the Board: Jeanne Fogel, senior director of Individual Giving at Feeding Westchester; Paul Hsi, president of MPH Limited, a real estate investment firm; Joanne Kwong, president of Pearl River Mart; Anne Stark Locher, strategic communications professional and founder of AscendU; Aaron R. Marcu, white collar defense and investigations partner at the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; and Warren Spector, chair of the global private investment firm, Balbec Capital.
“I’m excited to welcome such an impressive group of leaders to our Board of Trustees,” said NYPR Board Chair Timothy A. Wilkins. “Each new member represents a range of expertise and shares a deep appreciation and commitment to our mission to bring the highest quality news, conversation, and cultural programming to New York City and beyond. I’m particularly grateful to have their support and guidance as we launch our next exciting chapter in the new year with incoming President and CEO LaFontaine Oliver.”
Full bios of NYPR’s new Board of Trustees members are below:
Jeanne Fogel is senior director of Individual Giving at Feeding Westchester and a non-profit fundraiser with more than a decade of experience. At Feeding Westchester, she oversees major gifts, mid-level and monthly giving, direct mail, and planned giving. She served as vice president of the board of the Westchester Children’s Museum, where she worked on all aspects of the capital campaign and development committees. Jeanne previously worked as a brand strategist at Interbrand and Prophet, and was a product manager at Colgate-Palmolive. Jeanne has an MBA from The Wharton School and a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Pennsylvania. Jeanne was born and raised in New York City.
Paul Hsi currently serves as president of MPH Limited, a real estate investment firm. He previously served as global head of Credit Solutions at S&P Global Market Intelligence (formerly McGraw Hill Financial) and prior to that, served as senior portfolio manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and as head of US Credit Research at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He also worked as a senior coverage officer in the technology, media and telecommunications investment banking group at J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated. Paul received his B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Diego Ibargüen is senior counsel in The Hearst Corporation Office of General Counsel, specializing in First Amendment and media law issues, with particular focus on public access to government records and courts, source protection, newsgathering, pre-publication review, and defamation defense. Before joining Hearst, Diego was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, where he worked on a wide variety of First Amendment and other litigation matters. Prior to law school, Diego worked as a newsman on the New York City desk of The Associated Press, and as a White House correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers D.C. Bureau. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Yale Law School, and a former clerk for The Hon. Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and an adjunct professor on First Amendment Law and Journalism Ethics at NYU. Diego lives in New Jersey.
Joanne Kwong is the president of Pearl River Mart, the iconic NYC Asian emporium established in 1971. After witnessing the lament that followed the 2016 closing of the historic “friendship store,” she joined her in-laws and reinvented the brand, establishing new locations in SoHo, Chelsea Market, and Chinatown. Today, under Joanne’s leadership, Pearl River remains the joyful shopping institution beloved by generations of New Yorkers and visitors. It now also serves as a dynamic hub for the AAPI community and a springboard for emerging entrepreneurs and artists. Pearl River’s community-based approach has been recognized by the WSJ as “the future of retail,” and by New York Magazine as one of its “Reasons to Love NY.” Joanne is a product of the NYC public schools and holds degrees from Columbia and Duke. Before leading Pearl River, she had a long career as an attorney, adjunct law professor, and non-profit communications executive. Joanne is active in civic life, serving on the boards of the Columbia College Alumni Association and the Meatpacking Business Improvement District, and having recently been appointed to the U.S. Congressional Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture. In 2021, she was honored as one of Gold House’s A100 “Most Impactful Asians and Pacific Islanders” and Time Out NY’s “9 Amazing Women Who Changed New York for the Better.”
Anita Laremont is a partner in the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where she practices in the areas of land use and real estate. Prior to joining Fried Frank, Anita served eight years at the New York City Department of City Planning, where she was chair of the New York City Planning Commission and director of the NYC Department of City Planning. Before being appointed chair by Mayor DeBlasio, Anita served as both executive director and as general counsel of the agency. Prior to joining City Planning, Anita was a partner in the law firm of Harris Beach PLLC, where she had a real estate and land use law and government agency practice. Before joining Harris Beach, Anita served for many years as general counsel of Empire State Development Corporation, New York State’s primary economic development entity, where she oversaw all legal aspects of numerous large-scale land use projects, including the 42nd Street Development Project, Queens West, Hudson River Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Governors Island, Atlantic Yards and Columbia Manhattanville. Anita is a magna cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College, and is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was a Root Tilden Scholar. Anita is a proud resident of Staten Island.
Anne Stark Locher is a skilled and strategic communications professional with nearly four decades of experience in the non-profit sector and brand marketing. Founder of AscendU in 2019, Anne works with high school students from under-served communities to conceive and write their college essays. This work centers a process of critical inquiry to help students understand and capture their formative narratives. Students have earned full-ride scholarships to some of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities. As principal of Stark Communications from 1992 – 2017, Anne earned a reputation for promoting strong brands, positive cultures for growth, and institutional sustainability. From 1998 – 2002, she served as deputy director of the Museum for African Art. Prior to that she was vice president in the Consumer Marketing group at Fleishman-Hillard Public Relations and in Corporate Communications at Drexel Burnham. Anne serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of MacDowell, the nation’s first and pre-eminent artist residency, where she heads the External Relations Committee and serves on the DEIA Task Force and Development committees. She also serves on the Board of The Porch, a literary arts organization. She is an advisor to Hire Cause, an online educational platform for social and emotional learning; a member of the Education Committee of the Whitney Museum; a member of the Council for the Arts at MIT; and, currently, vice chair of the Eugene McDermott Award for the Arts at MIT. Anne holds an M.S. in strategic communications from Columbia University and a B.A. in European history and art history from the University of Pennsylvania.
Aaron Marcu is a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he specializes in disputes, litigation and arbitration, as well as global investigations. Aaron’s practice centers on the defense of white collar criminal and regulatory enforcement investigations and related civil litigation. He also conducts internal corporate investigations and advises boards of directors, audit committees and special committees on sensitive matters involving possible misconduct by corporate personnel. Aaron represents institutions and executives, with a particular emphasis on financial institutions, and has represented clients in investigations and litigation involving alleged manipulation of benchmark interest and currency rates, financial accounting and other securities fraud, money laundering, cartel and other anticompetitive activity, tax evasion, insider trading and possible violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Aaron also advises public companies and new issuers on disclosure and matters of corporate governance. Aaron is a graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School. He serves on the board of the Legal Aid Society, Northwestern University College of Arts & Sciences, New York Blood Center, Federal Bar Council, and New York Council of Defense Lawyers.
Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of nine novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Miller’s Valley, and Alternate Side. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. Her most recent books are Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting and Write For Your Life. While a columnist at the New York Times, she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear. Anna has served on the boards of the Collegiate and Nightingale Bamford schools, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Barnard College, where she was Board Chair for eight years. Anna lives in Manhattan.
Warren J. Spector is the chair of Balbec Capital, a global private investment firm with expertise in sourcing alternative credit investments. Founded in 2010 by a senior management team that helped pioneer investment opportunities in consumer insolvency assets, Balbec has invested over $16 billion in 22 countries. Prior to joining Balbec, Warren spent more than two decades at the Bear Stearns Companies, Inc., and served as president and co-chief operating officer from 2001 to 2007. He was also chairman of the Bond Market Association from 2001 to 2002, where he worked with the SEC, the United States Treasury, and The White House to reopen the market for US government debt within 48 hours of September 11. Warren holds a B.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a chairman emeritus at The Public Theater and a member of the Board of Visitors & Governors at St. John’s College.
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