Mr. Brooks has served as Director of International Programs at The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, Program Director for Environment at the Surdna Foundation, Vice-President at Regional Plan Association, and Executive Director of the Brookline, Massachusetts Conservation Commission. He is a founder of The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and has served on several boards and advisory groups which presently include: the Ocean Foundation Advisory Board; the Quebec-Labrador Foundation Council, and the Glynwood Advisory Council.
Liz is an architectural historian and preservationist. She has curated museum exhibitions, developed site interpretation plans, and advocated for the waterfront issues in both New York City and the Hudson Valley.
Prior to finding her sea legs, Liz was Executive Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation and worked for artist Maya Lin’s What is Missing? Foundation. She has also been involved in Hudson Valley-focused initiatives. She produced the documentary film Hudson Rising and worked with the Commissioner of the New York State Quadricentennial Commission.
Liz is an adjunct professor in the Urban Design and the Historic Preservation program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She also teaches in the Sustainable Urban Design Program at NYU Tandon Engineering.
A licensed Chief Engineer on tugboats, sailing ships and steam locomotives, Gary Matthews has 30 years of experience with the repair and operation of large steam and diesel machinery. He has been an engineer on some 14 tugs in the New York area, managing day-to-day operation of the main engines and auxiliary systems, organizing and performing major planned repairs, and executing emergency repairs while underway. He has also been involved with the restoration and operation of machinery aboard historic vessels including 1901 tugboat Urger, 1933 ex-Coast Guard buoy tender Lilac, cargo schooner Edna, and more.
Elizabeth Meshel, a former intern for the SS Columbia Project, graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Design and Architecture Studies. She has previously interned for the Neighborhood Preservation Center and has worked on an excavation site in Cetamura del Chianti.
Board of Advisors
Robert B. Cutler
Frank A. DiLorenzo
Jose R. Mejia
William M. Worden