Board Leadership

Chirlane McCray, Chair, Board of Directors

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As First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray has redefined the role of First Lady, managing a robust portfolio to advance an ambitious agenda in support of all New Yorkers.

Ms. McCray created ThriveNYC, the most comprehensive mental health plan of any city or state in the nation, and she is recognized nationally as a powerful champion for mental health reform.

Additionally, Ms. McCray spearheads the Cities Thrive Coalition of mayors, with representation from more than 150 cities from all 50 states, advocating for a more integrated and better-funded behavioral health system.

As Chair of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, she brings together government, philanthropy and the private sector to work on some of the most pressing issues of our time, including mental health, youth employment and immigration.

Ms. McCray’s other duties are extensive.

As co-chair of the Commission on Gender Equity, she is a persistent voice for creating a 50-50 city and world.

In partnership with NYC’s Police Chief, she leads the Domestic Violence Task Force.

And in 2015, with her signature, New York City became the first city in the country to join the United Nations Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative.

She is passionate about public service and leverages her platform in innovative ways to bring change where it is needed.

Ms. McCray believes that art is not a luxury and works closely with NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs on dynamic projects with partners like the Public Art Fund and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She oversees the Gracie Mansion Conservancy and is intent on making sure that the programming, installations and exhibits are more accessible to the public, and better reflect the rich history and many cultures that make up New York City. In 2016, she launched the Gracie Mansion Book Club.

Among her many awards and accolades, she was honored as the 2017 Change Champion by the National Council for Behavioral Health and recently received the BWA Health award for her leadership in NYC from the Black Women's Agenda, a national, 40-year-old nonprofit that promotes the well-being of African-American women and their families.

Ms. McCray has transformed the traditional responsibilities of First Lady, working in close partnership with her husband and becoming the first in her position to address a U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting, testify before the New York City Council and serve as commencement speaker for a major college or university.

The First Lady is a graduate of Wellesley College and has accepted an Honorary Doctor of Science from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.

Ms. McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio live in Gracie Mansion, the official residence, and are proud parents of Chiara and Dante.


Gabrielle Fialkoff, Vice Chairwoman of the Board of Directors

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Gabrielle Fialkoff has served as Senior Advisor to the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, since March 2014.  In that post, she serves as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships, overseeing the City’s many city-affiliated non-profits including The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, the Fund for Public Schools, the Fund for Public Health, the Fund for Public Housing and the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, as well as serving as a principal liaison to the business community for the Administration. 

Fialkoff served as the Inauguration Chair for Mayor de Blasio, overseeing all aspects of the 5-day Inaugural festivities.   She was the Finance Chair for de Blasio’s winning campaigns for Mayor in 2013 and Public Advocate of New York City in 2009.

From 2002-2014, Fialkoff served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Haskell Jewels, LLC, a leading designer, marketer and distributor of costume jewelry and watches. During her tenure as president and COO, the company experienced rapid growth as she and the leadership team executed a strategic vision of acquiring new brands through acquisition and pursuing licensing opportunities. Under her leadership, the company signed licensing deals with Kenneth Cole, Vera Wang, Betsey Johnson and Diane Von Furstenberg among others, while developing the company’s proprietary brand Miriam Haskell and acquiring MW Samara and Robert Lee Morris. Haskell is the industry leader in the fashion jewelry category to the department store channel and other national retailers throughout the US.

Prior to joining Haskell Jewels, Fialkoff was a top political aide to numerous Democratic officials, including serving as Finance Director for Hillary Rodham Clinton's historic Senate race in 2000. Fialkoff was also active in the Clinton/Gore campaigns of 1992 and 1996. Fialkoff continues her involvement in politics today, regularly volunteering for Democratic candidates during election times.

Fialkoff currently serves as Vice Chair of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, as the Mayor’s appointee to the Board of the Museum of Modern Art, and is involved in several charitable organizations.  Fialkoff formerly sat on the Board of the Accessories Council, a not-for-profit, national advocacy organization established to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products and the Board of the Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association (FJATA). Fialkoff holds a degree in History and Political Science from Colgate University and resides in New York City with her family.

Rob Speyer, Chairman of the Advisory Board

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Rob Speyer has served as Chairman of the Mayor's Fund Advisory Board since 2006. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tishman Speyer, one of the world's pre-eminent real estate developers, with properties throughout North and South America, Europe, China and India.

Rob is Chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the city’s premier industry association, and is active in numerous civic initiatives throughout New York City. As Co-Chairman of the Construction Committee of the St. Patrick's Cathedral Landmark Foundation, he is helping to oversee the renovation of the country's most renowned cathedral. Rob currently sits on the Board of Trustees of New York-Presbyterian Hospital; the Board of Visitors of Columbia College (emeritus); and the Board of Trustees of the Citizens Budget Commission.

He also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Fudan University School of Management in Shanghai; Peking University's International Advisory Committee in Beijing; the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Roundtable; the International Advisory Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the International Advisory Board of The Atlantic Council.