Summit Panelist: Deborah Marton
June 11, 2016
Executive Director, New York Restoration Project
Deborah Marton has dedicated her career to urban open space, with a focus on merging natural systems with the built environment. She joined New York Restoration Project (NYRP) in 2011, and has worked since to develop NYRP’s identity as an urban land conservancy working across municipal jurisdictions to increase environmental and social sustainability citywide. As Executive Director, she oversees all organizational activities, ranging from restoration and operations of 80 acres of parkland in Northern Manhattan, to the renovation, maintenance, and programming of NYRP’s 52 community gardens, as well as completion of MillionTreesNYC in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. In 2015 she launched the Haven Project, creating networked open spaces to advance equity and track related population-level health, social, economic, and ecological outcomes in the South Bronx, garnering national recognition as the new standard for community development.
Prior to joining NYRP, Deborah served as executive director of the Design Trust for Public Space. Under her leadership the organization gained national visibility with projects like Taxi 07, which ushered in the purpose-built NYC Taxi of Tomorrow. She was also Program Manager of New York City Parks Natural Resources Group and later associated with the landscape architecture firm Field Operations, where she collaborated on the winning submission for the Fresh Kills Master Plan. In 2015, she was awarded Green Building & Design’s Women in Sustainability Leadership Award. She received a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Design School and also holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law.