Joshua David is President and CEO of World Monuments Fund. Prior to assuming these positions in November 2015, he was President and Co-Founder of Friends of the High Line. He teamed up with Robert Hammond in 1999 to save the High Line, a historic elevated railway on Manhattan’s West Side, then under threat of demolition. Under his leadership, Friends of the High Line successfully advocated for the preservation and reuse of the High Line as a public park, transformed and opened the High Line structure to the public in three phases, became a fully licensed partner of the City of New York, and raised significant private and public funds for the park’s construction, endowment, and annual maintenance and operations. In 2010, Mr. David received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism, and in 2013, he received the National Building Museum’s Vincent Scully Prize, which recognizes exemplary practice, scholarship, or criticism in architecture, historic preservation, and urban design.
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