Marc V. Shaw, Chair

Marc Shaw is Senior Advisor to CUNY’s Chancellor for Fiscal Policy, following four years (2010-2014) in which he served as Senior Vice Chancellor for Budget, Finance and Fiscal Policy. Prior to this, in 2009, he served as a Senior Advisor to Governor David Paterson. Before that, he was Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning at Extell Development Co. From 2002 to 2006, he was the First Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Operations to Mayor Bloomberg. As First Deputy Mayor, Mr. Shaw served as the Chief Operating Officer for the City and as acting mayor whenever the mayor was out of town. In 1996, he was appointed by Gov. George Pataki to serve as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Mr. Shaw also served as the Budget Director for the New York City Office of Management and Budget under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, responsible for developing the mayor’s executive budget and advising the mayor on all policy issues affecting the City’s fiscal stability and the effectiveness of its services. He was also responsible for the City’s four-year financial plans and its capital budget. He graduated magna cum laude from the State University College at Buffalo and received his MA degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

John H. Banks III is the vice president of Government Relations for Consolidated Edison, a position to which he was elected in February 2002. He directs the company’s city, state, federal government, and community relations activities including lobbying. From 2000 through 2002, Mr. Banks served as chief of staff for the New York City Council. Mr. Banks previously served as deputy director in the Finance Division of the New York City Council. He also serves on the boards of the New York Public Library, the Mayor’s Committee on Appointments, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York Foundling Hospital and Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection, Manhattan College and Pelham Picture House. Banks holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York, Baruch College, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government from Manhattan College, School of the Arts and Sciences.

David Birdsell, Dean of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs and Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Effectiveness, has centered his academic work on the nexus of communication, media, and information technology in politics, government and nonprofit administration. An expert on political debating and widely published on communication theory and practice, David is a regular guest commentator on debates and other aspects of political communication for local, national, and international television and print media. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the IBM Endowment for the Study of Business and Government, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the JPMorganChase Foundation, the United Way of New York City, the Markle Foundation, and other funders. David serves on the Executive Council of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration. He chairs NASPAA’s Data Committee and the boards of the Volunteer Consulting Group-Governance Matters and the New York Census Research Data Center and is a member of the Chair’s Cabinet of the Human Services Council. He received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Virginia and his PhD in Public Communication from the University of Maryland.

Allison Canton is associate general counsel at Flatiron Health, a data-driven health tech company that is focused on accelerating cancer treatment and research by learning from the experience of every patient. Previously, she practiced as an associate at Ropes and Gray, where she provided transactional, regulatory, and compliance advice to clients across the health care industry. Before that, she served as 16th Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow in Nonprofit Law at the Vera Institute of Justice and as a research director at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Allison also serves on the Board of the Interdependence Project, a meditation center whose mission is to create a wiser world, one mind at a time. Allison received her B.A. from Amherst College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Richard G. Dudley, Jr., M.D. received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1972 and then completed his internship and residency in psychiatry at Northwestern University School of Medicine. He was formerly Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation & Alcoholism Services, and then Medical Director of the Washington Heights-West Harlem Community Mental Health Center. He was also previously a Visiting Associate Professor and Acting Chairmen of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at CUNY Medical School, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU School of Law. Since 1984, Dr. Dudley has maintained a private practice in both clinical and forensic psychiatry; he has testified as an expert in psychiatry in civil and criminal cases in both state and federal courts throughout the United States; and he is perhaps best known for his work in capital habeas corpus cases, some of which have advanced to the highest courts in the land, resulting in significant changes in or refinements of the law. He is frequently invited to lecture to both mental health and legal professionals on the performance of ethno-culturally competent mental health evaluations, and he has been a participant on commissions, study groups and monitoring teams focused on the provision of mental health services in correctional facilities.

Dall Forsythe is a senior fellow at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking   Board. Dr. Forsythe served as budget director for the State of New York and chief budget officer for the New York City public schools. He was also a managing director in Lehman Brothers’ public finance department, chief administrative officer of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, and chief financial officer of the Atlantic Philanthropies. Dr. Forsythe has held faculty positions at Columbia University; the Kennedy School at Harvard; the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College (CUNY); and SUNY’s University of Albany. He was a senior fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, and is the author of Memos to the Governor: An Introduction to State Budgeting. He received a bachelor’s degree and a PhD from Columbia University.

Katherine N. Lapp serves as Executive Vice President for Administration at Harvard University. Previously, Ms. Lapp served as an Executive Vice President of Business Operations at University of California from May 2007 to September 2009. Ms. Lapp served as the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from 2002 to 2006. Ms. Lapp oversaw administrative operations for the university system, managing real estate, human resources, information technology and procurement. A lawyer, Ms. Lapp worked on criminal justice issues in New York in the administrations of Mayor David N. Dinkins, a Democrat, from 1990 to 1993; Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a Republican, from 1994 to 1997; and Gov. George E. Pataki, a Republican, from 1997 to 2001. Before moving to the MTA in 2002, she served in a variety of positions in the criminal justice system of the State and City of New York, culminating in her role as the state’s director of criminal justice and commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) from 1997 to 2001. Ms. Lapp received a BA in 1978 from Fairfield University and her JD in 1981 from Hofstra University.

Dr. John Mollenkopf is the Director of the Center for Urban Research and Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center of CUNY. Before joining the Graduate Center in 1981, he was Director of the Economic Development Division at the New York City Department of City Planning and taught urban public management at Stanford Business School. Dr. Mollenkopf has been Wibaut Chair Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam and chaired the Research Committee on New York City of the Social Science Research Council and was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. He serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards, was a consultant to the New York City Redistricting Commission in 1991, and also advised the Charter Commissions that reformed New York City government in 1989-90. He has authored or edited ten books on urban politics and urban policy, most recently Place Matters: A Metropolitics for the 21st Century, with Peter Dreier and Todd Swanstrom. Dr. Mollenkopf received his BA from Carleton College and his PhD in political science from Harvard University.

Richard Ravitch is a lawyer/businessman/public official who has been engaged in both private and public business for more than 50 years. He was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HRH Construction Corporation and after his years of public service for the State of New York, he became Chairman and CEO of the Bowery Savings Bank. In 1975, at the request of Governor Hugh Carey of the State of New York, Mr. Ravitch assumed the Chairmanship of the near-bankrupt New York State Urban Development Corporation, successfully keeping the corporation solvent and completing construction of 30,000 low-income housing units. For five years beginning in 1979, he served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, reorganizing the MTA and improving the region’s transportation infrastructure. In 1988, he was the Chairman of the Charter Revision Commission of the City of New York. Mr. Ravitch recently served as Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York. Mr. Ravitch is currently co-chairing the State Budget Crisis Task Force with former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Paul A. Volcker.

Herbert Sturz is a Senior Fellow at the Open Society Foundation. He serves as an Advisory Board Member at the School of Public Affairs. Mr. Sturz serves as a Director of Single Stop USA, Inc. Mr. Sturz is a Trustee of the Open Society Institute and serves as Chairman of The After-School Corporation. He represents the Open Society on the Board of National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency. Mr. Sturz has served as Founding Director of the Vera Institute of Justice, New York City Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice, and Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission, and was a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. He is the recipient of various awards among them the Rockefeller Public Service, The Roscoe Pound, National Crime and Delinquency, The August Vollmer and the American Society of Criminology. Mr. Sturz received his BA from the University of Wisconsin and his MA from Columbia University.

Joseph P. Viteritti is the Thomas Hunter Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Urban Policy & Planning Department at Hunter College. He is also a professor of education policy at the CUNY Graduate Center and was founding chair of the Public Policy Program at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Prior to coming to Hunter in 2004, he had taught at Princeton University, New York University, Harvard University, and the State University of New York at Albany. Professor Viteritti specializes in education policy, state & local governance, and public law. His most recent of many books are Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream (2014) and When Mayors Take Charge: School Governance in the City (2009). His more than 100 articles and essays have appeared in social science journals, law reviews, and popular media, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Education Week. He has an extensive record of public service, having served as special assistant to the Chancellor of Schools in New York, senior advisor to the school superintendents in Boston and San Francisco, and as director, member, or advisor to blue ribbon panels examining issues pertaining to education, city charters, police, corrections, public management, and compensation. He is a regular commentator on public affairs in the national and local media.

Carl Weisbrod is the Director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission. He previously was a partner at HR&A. Carl is currently a member of the Selection Committee for the prestigious “Innovations in American Government” award administered by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is a former Trustee of the Ford Foundation and a former Trustee of the Urban Land Institute. From 1995 to 2005, Carl served as the Founding President of the Alliance for Downtown New York. He served as the Founding President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and prior to that as the Executive Director of the NYC Department of City Planning and New York State’s 42nd Street Development Project where he led, from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, City and State efforts to transform Times Square from an international symbol of urban decay into a world renowned center for tourism and entertainment. Carl holds a BS from Cornell University and a JD from New York University School of Law.