NEW YORK, NY — February 1, 2011—The Open Space Institute applauds Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for his nomination of Rose H. Harvey, to serve as commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Currently, Rose is a senior fellow at the Jonathan Rose Companies, where she acts as an advisor and researcher on parks and open space issues, and launched a non-profit organization to fund, design and develop safe, well-managed parks in urban neighborhoods. She was also recently a McCluskey Fellow and Lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
For 27 years, Ms. Harvey held multiple leadership positions with The Trust for Public Land, most recently as Senior Vice President and National Director of Urban Programs. There, she oversaw all real estate acquisitions, urban park design and developments, managed the finances of a $20 million annual operating budget, and closed between $50 and $75 million worth of land and parks transactions each year across 8 states – a total of nearly $1 billion and more than a thousand new and enhanced parks, gardens and playgrounds in underserved neighborhoods in New York City, Newark, N.J. and Baltimore. She has also established large landscape woodlands and natural areas throughout New York State and the Mid-Atlantic region.
Rose directed TPL’s role in a joint-venture partnership with OSI, and together the two groups closed such iconic deals as the 15,500-acre Sterling Forest, the 5,400-acre Lundy tract, and 16 acres of Hudson River waterfront in the Village of Croton on Hudson.
Kim Elliman, OSI’s CEO, said, "Rose brings an unparalleled passion for providing all New Yorkers with access to parks and open space. Throughout her 30 year career, she has built an incredible track record of creating and protecting parks, from vest-pocket parks in cities to landscape parks like Sterling Forest. She is singularly qualified for the job and I commend Governor Cuomo for his selection. Rose and Joe Martens will be a wonderful complement for the cause of open space protection and public access and we wish them both every success.”