Robert Hammond is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, the non-profit conservancy that manages the High Line, a public park built atop an abandoned, elevated rail line on Manhattan's west side.
Robert co-founded Friends of the High Line with Joshua David in 1999. Together they worked with the City of New York to save the High Line from demolition. Friends of the High Line has raised over $170 million in public and private funding and manages the park under a licensing agreement with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.
Before the High Line, Robert helped start several businesses and consulted with non-profit organizations. Robert was awarded a 2010 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. He is a self-taught artist, and served as an ex-officio member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2005. Robert graduated from Princeton University in 1993.
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