Water Board Members

Water Board Members

The New York City Water Board (the “Board”) consists of seven members who are appointed by the Mayor of the City of New York for terms of two years. The Chairman is appointed by the Mayor from among his appointees. Pursuant to the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority Act, all members continue to hold office until their successors are appointed and qualified.

The members of the Board are:

Alfonso L. Carney, Jr., Chair

Principal, Rockwood Partners LLC

Alfonso L. Carney, Jr., Chair Image

Alfonso Carney was appointed to the Board on April 29, 2011. On March 23, 2015, Mr. Carney was appointed Chair of the Board and was reappointed to the Board. Mr. Carney is an attorney and a principal of Rockwood Partners LLC, which provides medical and business consulting services in New York City. Consulting for the firm, he has served as Acting Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary for the Goldman Sachs Foundation in New York. Prior to this, Mr. Carney held several positions with Altria Corporate Services, Inc., most recently as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Corporate and Government Affairs. Prior to that, Mr. Carney served as Assistant Secretary of Philip Morris Companies Inc. and Corporate Secretary of Philip Morris Management Corp., while serving as legal counsel for the Audit, Insurance, Investor Relations, Communications, Government Affairs, and Corporate Social Responsibility groups. For eight years, Mr. Carney was Senior International Counsel first for General Foods Corporation and later for Kraft Foods, Inc., after having served as Trade Regulation Counsel, Assistant Litigation Counsel, and Federal Government Relations Counsel for General Foods. Mr. Carney is a trustee of Trinity College, the University of Virginia Law School Foundation, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains. He is a director of City National Bancshares Corporation of New Jersey and Chairman of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. Mr. Carney holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Trinity College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham

Executive Director Workforce Development, Hostos Community College

Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham

Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham was appointed to the Board on March 28, 2017. Mrs. Fernandez-Ketcham is Executive Director of Workforce Development at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College. She manages a portfolio of federal, state, and city contracts, including privately funded projects. Prior to Hostos she was Deputy Executive Director of JobsFirstNYC and spent 14 years as Executive Director of New Heights Neighborhood Center, Inc. She transitioned New Heights Neighborhood Center, Inc. from a school-to-work initiative to an independent not-for-profit with 501c(3) status and designed a comprehensive service model for older youths that combined education with workforce and economic development programs. Mrs. Fernandez-Ketcham served as a member of the New York City Workforce Strategy Group that published the report “Re-Envisioning the New York City Workforce System”. She provides academic and field supervision to masters of social work degree candidates. Mrs. FernandezKetcham was a Marano Fellow at the Aspen Institute Sectors Skills Academy from July 2012 to May 2013 and currently serves on the New York State Children & Family Services Advisory Board. She received a bachelor’s degree from Marymount College and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work.

Adam Freed

Principal, Bloomberg Associates

Adam Freed

Adam Freed was appointed to the Board on October 8, 2013. Mr. Freed is a principal with the Sustainability Practice at Bloomberg Associates. Previously, Mr. Freed was the Deputy Managing Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Water Program, where he focused on helping cities have safe, sustainable, and reliable water supplies and on mitigating water risks in corporate supply chains. Mr. Freed also previously served as the Deputy Director of the New York City Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, where he oversaw the implementation of and process to update the city’s long-term sustainability plan (PlaNYC) and advised Mayor Michael Bloomberg on sustainability and climate-related issues. Prior to working for the City, Mr. Freed was the Assistant Comptroller for New York City in the Office of the New York State Comptroller. Mr. Freed received his master’s degree in Urban Planning from New York University and was a Mel King Community Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Lecturer at Columbia University.

Jonathan E. Goldin

Chief Legal Officer, Pearl Health

Jonathan E. Goldin

Jonathan Goldin was appointed to the Water Board on December 12, 2013 and serves on the Board’s Joint Audit Committee with the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority. Jonathan is the Chief Legal Officer of Pearl Health, a healthcare technology company. Prior to Pearl, he was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of a global consulting firm’s financial advisory business. Before working in-house, Jonathan practiced law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he focused on representing corporations, directors and officers in litigation relating to mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities law issues, regulatory inquiries and other complex civil matters. Jonathan began his legal career as a law clerk, first in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and then in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Jonathan is active in professional organizations, such as the New York City Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. His public service has included membership on the Commercial Division Advisory Council of the New York Court System, the New York Chief Judge’s Committee on Non-Lawyers and the Justice Gap and the Pro Bono Advisory Committee of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Jonathan holds an A.B. from Harvard College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Jukay Hsu

Founder, Pursuit

Jukay Hsu

Jukay Hsu was appointed to the Board on April 4, 2016. He is the founder of Pursuit, a social enterprise developing a tech entrepreneurial ecosystem in the world’s most diverse community. Pursuit believes technology is a vehicle for economic mobility and is empowering adults in low-income and diverse communities to gain skills and jobs in tech. After graduating from Harvard College, Mr. Hsu served as a U.S. Army officer where he earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Star Medal while commanding a rifle platoon and later leading economic development and governance initiatives for two districts in Iraq. Through this work, he helped found the first private provincial radio station with Iraqi reporters. Mr. Hsu served as a member of Mayor de Blasio’s Transition Core Team and Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Queens Public Library, a Director of the Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association, and a Director of NYC & Company—New York City’s official marketing and tourism organization. Mr. Hsu has been recognized by the Association for a Better New York with its “Spirit of ABNY” award, by Crain’s New York Business as one of 40 under 40 future leaders, and by SXSW’s Dewey Winburne award for digital community service. Mr. Hsu received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College and was a Harvard-Yenching post-graduate fellow at Peking University.

Arlene M. Shaw

Managing Director, Brightwood Capital Advisors

Arlene M. Shaw

Arlene Shaw was appointed to the Board on January 27, 2011 and reappointed on March 23, 2015. Mrs. Shaw is a Managing Director at Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC in the Legal and Compliance department. Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC provides debt and equity capital solutions to U.S.-based companies with EBITDA of $5 million to $75 million. Managing multiple investment funds, Brightwood oversees two Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) vehicles and other funds focused on providing capital solutions for U.S. companies in five core areas: Tech/Media/Telecom, Healthcare Services, Business Services/Industrials, Energy Services and Franchising. Previously, Mrs. Shaw was a corporate finance associate at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP where her practice focused on commercial and corporate finance, including syndicated credit facilities, public and private offering of debt securities, asset backed and cash flow financing, secured and unsecured financings, subordinated and mezzanine financing, and leveraged and acquisition financing. Mrs. Shaw received a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Tulane University Law School and a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany.

Daniel Zarrilli

Special Advisor for Climate and Sustainability, Columbia University

Daniel Zarrilli

Daniel Zarrilli was appointed to the Board on August 30, 2021. Mr. Zarrilli is Special Advisor for Climate and Sustainability at Columbia University. He was previously Chief Climate Policy Advisor in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York, with responsibility for launching a comprehensive $20 billion climate adaptation program, aligning the city’s greenhouse gas emission reductions with the 1.5C target of the Paris Agreement, and developing New York City's long-term strategic plan, OneNYC 2050. Before joining the Mayor’s Office, he was Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Zarrilli has also served on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s advisory committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Advisory Council, and advised the State of Louisiana on coastal protection and resilience. Mr. Zarrilli previously spent five years with Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation. He is a professional engineer in the State of New York, as well as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and holds a Master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University.

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