BROOKLYN, December 10, 2019 — The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) is pleased to announce the election of Dana Hughes, John Roberts, and Larkyn Sinclair to the organization’s Board of Directors. The election took place at the Conservancy’s December 10 meeting.
“We are honored to celebrate the close of our 20th anniversary season of programming in Brooklyn Bridge Park by welcoming three new board members,” said Chris Coffey, Conservancy Board Chairman. “Dana, John, and Larkyn each have a long history with the Park and Conservancy and have made us better. We can’t wait to build on their experience in the years ahead as we work to bring rich and dynamic cultural, recreational, and education programming to Brooklyn Bridge Park.”
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Dana Hughes has been based in New York City since 1996 and moved to Brooklyn in 2003. Dana is currently Vice President in Pfizer’s Worldwide Business Development group, serving as its Global Head for Integration Management and Global Head of Alliance Management. His work includes the integration of Wyeth, Hospira, and most recently Array Biopharmaceuticals. He also oversaw the recent separation of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Hospira Infusion Systems, and the creation of independent companies such as Zoetis (former Pfizer Animal Health) and Allogene (formerly Pfizer research’s CAR-T portfolio).
Prior to Pfizer, Dana was a Principal in The Boston Consulting Group, focusing on the strategy and financial performance of large healthcare and information technology clients. Before this, he advised multi-industry businesses with Lazard Frères & Co’s mergers and acquisitions group.
Dana graduated from Columbia Business School, but remains more interested in discussing the archaeology of ancient Greece, which he studied at Harvard College and at Stanford’s Intercollege Center in Rome. He lives in DUMBO with his wife, Melissa Prober, and two children, Nora and Finnegan.
“It is an honor to join the Board of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy,” said Hughes. “The park offers much more than simply beautiful views of the city. With over 500 free- and low-cost programs and events each year, it is a premiere cultural, educational, and recreational hub in New York City. I am excited to support the Conservancy’s talented and dedicated staff in helping those from Brooklyn, and beyond, experience all that our beloved treasure has to offer. The Brooklyn Bridge Park is a key benefit to the neighborhood and the city and a model for cities across the country.”
John Roberts is a born and raised New Yorker, and Brooklyn resident since 2011, who has benefited from New York City’s incredible parks system for 40 years. He is a member of the board of directors of the New York Road Runners where he serves as chair of the development committee, vice chair of the public affairs committee, and as a member of the executive committee. He is also a director of the Central Park Track Club, serving as the president from 2008 to 2017, during which time the club won eight USATF national championships and sent ten of its members to compete in the Olympic Games. Before becoming a dad, he was a competitive runner and finished 46th overall (first Brooklyn resident and ninth American) in the 2011 New York City Marathon.
He is a trustee of the Gordon Fund and a senior data scientist at Boxed, a Soho-based e-commerce retailer of household and personal care goods. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a Master’s in Applied Mathematics from Brown. John lives with his wife and two young boys in Carroll Gardens.
“Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the world. It has it all: sports, great food, views of the city’s most iconic landmarks, two beaches(!), and fantastic programming. To see it come together over the past ten years has been a thrill; I’m so excited to contribute to the work of the Conservancy and see what the next ten will bring.”
Larkyn Sinclair is a Vice President at Goldman Sachs focused on client marketing and content strategy for the firm’s Investment Banking Division. Prior to her current role, she oversaw the firm’s Talks at GS speaker series, which convenes leading global thinkers — from athletes and actors, to activists and policymakers — to share insights and ideas on topical issues shaping the public dialogue. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2009 in campus recruiting and was previously an editorial assistant for Travel+Leisure Golf magazine.
Larkyn is originally from Birmingham, AL and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2008 with a B.S. in English and Managerial Studies. She lives in Brooklyn Heights with her husband Jim (a board member at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum) and two daughters. They are members of Grace Church, parents at Plymouth Church School and enjoy being active in the Brooklyn Heights community, which includes plenty of time at the park!
“I am thrilled to join this extraordinary group at such a vital time for our neighborhood, our city and our global community. The park is so central to the spirit of Brooklyn Heights and I’m energized by the work the Conservancy is doing to educate, support, and engage residents and neighboring community members alike.”