RPA Elects New Board Members

Regional Plan Association’s board of directors has elected a distinguished new slate of directors. By unanimous vote, the RPA board inducted:

  • Marcia Bateson, Co-Founder, Davis Bateson Group LLC
  • Thomas Fehn, First Vice President and Growth Manager-Manhattan Metro North, People’s United Bank
  • James Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo
  • Paul Francis, Distinguished Senior Fellow, the Guarini Center on Environmental & Land Use Law
  • Jonathan Goldstick, Vice President, CH2M Hill
  • Mark Marcucci, Managing Director, Global Head of Citi Realty Services, Citi
  • Sotiris Pagdadis, Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Milton Puryear, Co-founder, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
  • Sam Schwartz, President & CEO, Sam Schwartz Engineering
  • Michael Sweeney, Senior Vice President, HNTB

“We are proud to welcome such an accomplished group of individuals to help guide public policy in the region,” said Elliot G. Sander, Chairman, Regional Plan Association. “Their experience as business and civic leaders will be an enormous asset as we develop the long-range Fourth Regional Plan and address the economic, environmental and governance challenges facing our region.”

The board of directors also accepted the resignations of Relina Bulchandani, Brendan Dougher, Michael Fleischer, Carl Galioto, Armando Goncalves, Neil Peterson and Peter Riguardi. RPA expresses deep gratitude for their service to the board.

Each newly elected board member will hold the position for a three-year term.

More about the new board members:

Marcia Bateson is the co-founder of Davis Bateson Group LLC, a business consultancy. Previously, she held senior positions at J.P. Morgan Chase, including chief financial officer for J.P. Morgan Partners.

Thomas P. Fehn Jr. is first vice president and growth manager-Manhattan metro north at People’s United Bank. Mr. Fehn joined People’s United with its acquisition of Citizen’s Bank in 2012. With more than 30 years’ experience in the banking industry, Mr. Fehn also has worked at HSBC, Wachovia and Chase Manhattan Bank.

James E. Fitzgerald Jr. is an executive vice president and northeast division manager for the eight Wells Fargo regional commercial banking offices in New England, New York and New Jersey. Mr. Fitzgerald also is a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art business committee, a member of the board for Ronald McDonald House of New York City and serves on the board of the Business Council of Fairfield County.

Paul E. Francis is a distinguished senior fellow at the Guarini Center on Environmental & Land Use Law at the NYU School of Law. Mr. Francis has held numerous leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Most recently, he served in the Cuomo administration as director of agency redesign and efficiency.  He also held senior positions in the Spitzer and Paterson administrations. He spent 25 years in the private sector, as a lawyer, investment banker, venture capitalist and corporate executive. He was the founding chief financial officer of Priceline.com and also served as chief operating officer of the financial-products division of Bloomberg LP. He currently serves on the board of directors of the New York State Health Foundation and the board of trustees of NYU Law School.

Jonathan Goldstick is a vice president at CH2M Hill, a global engineering and construction firm, where he works in the transportation group, with a specialty in waterfront projects. Mr. Goldstick also is on the board of directors of the American Council of Engineering Companies NY, an active participant in Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and the Waterfront Center, and an alumnus of the Rockefeller Fellows Program. He is a member of RPA’s New York committee.

Mark Marcucci is global head of Citi Realty Services. Mr. Marcucci has more than 25 years of experience including corporate real estate management, asset management, restructurings and acquisitions. Previously, he was global head of corporate real estate at Lehman Brothers. 

Sotiris Pagdadis is a principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where he leads the state and local government initiatives for the firm’s capital projects and infrastructure practice. Prior to joining PwC, Dr. Pagdadis was founder and president of the Lambousa Infrastructures Consultancy Group. He previously served as managing director of the transportation infrastructure practice at McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP and global vice president for transportation at CA Technologies. He began his career in the New York area as a professor of project management at NYU Polytechnic and also worked with the Institute for Transportation at NJIT and the Columbia University Center for Infrastructure Studies. Dr. Pagdadis holds a doctorate in project management, and is the founder of ECOSFUND, a philanthropic economic-development NGO.

Milton Puryear is one of three founders of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, formed in 2004 to create and maintain the proposed 14-mile Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. Mr. Puryear also is project manager for the restoration of the Mill River and the creation of Mill River Park & Greenway in Stamford, Conn. During the 1980s, Mr. Puryear ran a small investment banking firm focused on early-stage companies. In the 1990s his company NOVAResearch provided research to institutional money managers.

Sam Schwartz is president and CEO of Sam Schwartz Engineering, a firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. He also writes a column on traffic for the New York Daily News, has a column in Transportation Technology International and blogs for Engineering News Record. Mr. Schwartz often referred to by his nom de plume “Gridlock Sam,” served during the Koch administration as New York City’s traffic commissioner and later as chief engineer and first deputy commissioner for the Department of Transportation.

Michael J. Sweeney, Senior Vice President, District Leader with engineering firm HNTB, is an infrastructure expert specializing in complex transportation infrastructure programs. Mr. Sweeney is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association and the New York Building Congress.

RPA has played a major role in shaping public policy since its incorporation in 1929. The organization has produced three long-term plans for the tri-state metropolitan region, in 1929, 1968 and 1996.