About

Executive Team

Learn about the Executive Team at BPCA Investor Relations, including our Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer.

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George J. Tsunis

Chairman

Mr. George J. Tsunis serves as Chairman of The Battery Park City Authority having been appointed to the Board of Directors by Governor Cuomo in 2017. He is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chartwell Hotels as well as an attorney, developer, philanthropist and public policy advisor with a strong interest at the intersection of economic and foreign affairs. Prior to founding Chartwell, Mr. Tsunis was a partner at the law firm of Rivkin Radler LLP, Long Island. Mr. Tsunis’ public service includes serving as a Legislative Attorney at the New York City Council, Special Counsel to the Town of Huntington (NY) Environmental Open Space Committee and Counsel to the Dix Hills (NY) Water District, as well as having served as an advisor to the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Mr. Tsunis is a member of the Board of Directors of Arbor Realty Trust, a nationwide real estate investment trust and direct lender. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Spring Bank NY, a CDFI, the New York Convention Center’s (Jacob Javits Center) and the Nassau Health Care Corp., where he serves as Chairman. Mr. Tsunis is also the Chairman of the Nassau Queens Performing Provider System LLC. Mr. Tsunis is a member of Hofstra University’s Board of Trustees, Director of the Don Monti Cancer Research Foundation, Trustee of the Hellenic Initiative and was a member of Friends Academy’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Tsunis was also a member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle and has received many awards, honors and recognition for his extensive service to his community and religious institutions including being awarded the Saint Paul’s Medal, the Greek Orthodox Church of America’s highest recognition for a layperson, . Mr. Tsunis was a member of the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy Leadership Committee and its Metropolitan Studies Leadership Council as well as a member of the Business Executives for National Security’s Board of Trustees. He previously served on the Board of Trustees at Dowling College, the American Red Cross Suffolk County Chapter and the Huntington (NY) Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Tsunis received his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University’s School of Law. He and his wife, Olga reside in Matinecock, NY, with their three children.

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Benjamin ("BJ") Jones

President & Chief Executive Officer

B. J. Jones has over 20 years of public sector experience, working on a variety of initiatives to improve customer service, safety, transparency, and accountability in government. He started his career in state and local government consulting, working on engagements in Georgia, South Carolina, New Jersey, and Northern Virginia. He then joined New York City government in the first term of the Bloomberg administration, serving in a variety of roles, including Assistant Commissioner of Strategic Planning and Implementation at the Department of Buildings and, later, Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations. He was involved in a number of groundbreaking initiatives, including implementation of the city’s first online permitting system, the first overhaul of the building code in 38 years, expansion of the city’s job application portal, and providing temporary shelter and housing repairs for victims of Hurricane Sandy. He joined BPCA in 2014, served as Chief Administrative Officer and was appointed President in 2018 and CEO in 2019, where his focus includes expanding and diversifying community program offerings, modernizing processes and strengthening resiliency. B.J. received his undergraduate degree in Management from Gettysburg College, a Master of Public Administration degree from American University and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a certified Project Management Professional.

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Pamela M. Frederick

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Frederick joined the Authority in November 2017 after 30 years in banking and finance. Her career includes expertise in commercial lending, project finance, interest rate derivatives, and investments, specializing in real estate and energy sectors. She has held investment banking, commercial banking, and private banking roles with Citigroup, GE Capital, Fieldstone Private Capital Group, Chase Manhattan Bank as well as The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, covering U.S., Canadian and international clients. Prior to her banking career, she worked in finance and logistics at Procter & Gamble. She holds Series 7 & 63 licenses and earned both an MBA in Finance and BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and studied at Hautes Etudes Commerciales in France. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Financial Women’s Association and the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund. Her prior public service includes serving as a Town Representative in Greenwich, CT, where she served as the Chair of the Finance Committee.

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Eric Munson

Chief Operating Officer

Eric Munson joined the Battery Park City Authority in 2018.  After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia, he served in communications, intergovernmental, operations, and management roles in the Bloomberg Administration for the City of New York.  He later joined Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty as its Chief of Staff, the 2016 Democratic National Convention as its Director of Hall Operations, the City of Philadelphia’s anti-poverty office as its Chief of Staff, and most recently, New York Cares as its Interim Chief Program Officer.

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Abigail Goldenberg

General Counsel

Ms. Goldenberg received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and her J.D. from Cardozo School of Law. After graduating from law school in 2001, Ms. Goldenberg joined the General Litigation Division at the New York City Law Department, where she litigated federal and state claims related to various, significant City policies. In 2012, Ms. Goldenberg was appointed the General Counsel for the New York City Business Integrity Commission. Ms. Goldenberg joined the Battery Park City Authority’s legal team in 2015.

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Gwen Dawson

Vice President of Real Property

Gwen Dawson began her professional career practicing law in Denver, Colorado, focusing on real estate and business law. She later transitioned to full-time real estate planning and development with a focus on large-scale public-private development projects in urban settings. Prior to joining Battery Park City Authority, Ms. Dawson worked with the Mayor’s Office of the City and County of Denver and the Colorado Community College System.

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Nicholas Sbordone

Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs

Mr. Sbordone joined the Battery Park City Authority in April 2016 after spending his career in New York City government across three mayoral administrations. He began his career in 2001 at the Mayor’s Office of Operations, where as a policy analyst he helped prepare the bi-annual Mayor’s Management Report. Moving to the Taxi & Limousine Commission he worked on a range of issues affecting the industry, including the sale of new medallions. Then, at the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications he served as intergovernmental affairs director and spokesman and for the 311 non-emergency information and services hotline, for 911 system modernization, cable television and broadband, cybersecurity, and most recently, the City’s open data and LinkNYC/free citywide WiFi initiatives.