Elizabeth W. Smith is the President and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy, the New York City nonprofit that raises 75 percent of Central Park's annual budget and is responsible for management of the 843-acre park.
Smith previously served as NYC Parks Assistant Commissioner under Mayor Michael Bloomberg following a 25-year career in finance.
The Central Park Conservancy is a private, nonprofit organization that manages Central Park under a contract with the City of New York and NYC Parks. Since its founding in 1980 by a group of dedicated civic and philanthropic leaders, the Conservancy has invested more than $800 million toward the restoration and enhancement of Central Park and is considered a model for urban park management worldwide. With contributions from Park-area residents, corporations and foundations, the Conservancy provides 75 percent of the Park's $65 million annual operating budget and is responsible for all basic care of the 843-acre park.[ AdSense-A]