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Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Announces New Board Members John Richardson, Yvonne Riley-Tepie, and Sharon Volckhausen


BROOKLYN, June 28, 2018 — The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) is pleased to announced the election of John Richardson, Yvonne Riley-Tepie, and Sharon Volckhausen to the organization’s Board of Directors. The election took place at the Conservancy’s June 28 meeting.

“The summer is always an exciting time for the Conservancy, and that’s especially true this year with the addition of three new board members,” said Mark Baker, Conservancy Board Chairman. “John, Yvonne, and Sharon each bring unique skills and talents that will be incredibly valuable to the Conservancy as we embark on a new permanent pool capital campaign and other programming initiatives.”

John Richardson

John Richardson joined Ionic Capital Management LLC (“Ionic”) pre-launch in 2006 and oversees all non-investment related aspects of the firm. Ionic is a $3 billion alternative asset manager founded in 2006 and currently manages multiple private investment vehicles employing different investment strategies including long volatility, event driven and credit. Ionic consists of 46 employees, 24 of whom are investment professionals, and is based in New York City with an office located in San Francisco.

Prior to joining Ionic, Richardson was a senior attorney in the hedge fund practice group in the New York office of Bingham McCutchen LLP where his practice focused on counseling investment advisers in connection with the formation and management of private investment funds.  He obtained a JD in 1999 from the University of South Carolina cum laude and a BS in Business Administration in 1993 from the College of Charleston cum laude.

Richardson and his wife Jennifer moved to the Sweeney Building (30 Main Street in DUMBO) at the end of 2003 and still live in the building with their three children, Sam (12), Ella (10) and Cooper (7). All three attend St. Ann’s School. He has been on the board of their building since 2012.

“I am honored to join the Board of Directors of the Conservancy,” said Richardson. “What a diverse group of accomplished individuals devoted to creating and maintaining a vibrant public park with amazing, thoughtful programming for all to enjoy. I am excited to contribute to this effort in the years to come.”

Yvonne Riley-Tepie

As Vice President of U.S. Field Marketing Strategy at TD Bank since 2005, Yvonne Riley-Tepie oversees Marketing activities and philanthropic giving in New York City and is responsible for assisting in new business development, marketing the bank, and developing and maintaining the bank’s relationships with customers and community groups.

An active member of the community, she served for 6 years as president of the New York City College of Technology Alumni Association and is President of the Board of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. She also sits on the Foundation Board for New York City College of Technology.  She holds a Doctorate In Higher Education Administration from St. John’s University.

In 2016, Riley-Tepie received the CEO Leadership Award for Marketing at TD Bank.  She is a resident of Brooklyn, where she lives with her son, Zachry.

“Over the years I have partnered with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, an organization that promotes programs to encourage community, environmental sustainability, economic revitalization and inclusiveness, and I look forward to now serving on the Board of Directors,” said Riley-Tepie. “The Conservancy shares my values of embracing diversity, educating children and providing access to programs for all.  It is my honor to sit and learn from fellow members and lend my skills for the further advancement of the Brooklyn Bridge Park community.”

Sharon Volckhausen

After graduating from Princeton, Sharon Volckhausen earned an MSt in Modern History from Oxford University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.  After law school, she clerked for Judge Denny Chin in the Southern District of New York.  She later worked as an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and served as an assistant US attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District.

Volckhausen is currently Judicial Assistant to Judge Chin of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  She also serves on the Board of the Little Orchestra Society, the New York Advisory Board for the Trust for Public Land, as Chairwoman of the Board for Princeton in Asia, and Vice President of the Tiger Baron Foundation.

She lives with husband John and their two children in Brooklyn, New York.

“I am delighted to join the Conservancy’s Board of Directors,” said Volckhausen. “I am thrilled to be part of an organization supporting Brooklyn Bridge Park through innovative environmental education programming, along with a rich array of cultural and recreational activities that bring vitality to the waterfront.”

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