Sean became Executive Director in August 2017. He joined LW! in 2015 as Advocacy Director after a decade of applying his Bachelor’s (Cooper Union) and Master’s (Yale University) of Architecture degrees in NYC design firms. He brings his knowledge of Building Code, Zoning and Materials to the field for each LW! scrimmage. If not at a City Agency hearing, he can be found searching the Upper West Side for the perfect bagel, or teaching architecture history and theory at the New York Institute of Technology.
Sean’s favorite neighborhood landmark building is Clarence True’s Flemish Revival Oyster Market at 426 Columbus Avenue – now a Patagonia location.
Andra joined the LW! team in September 2016 after nearly ten years with an international NGO as Director of Operations and Pro Bono Recruitment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Miami University (Ohio) and a Masters in Public Service Administration from Spertus College (Chicago). Andra’s first job was with Habitat for Humanity, and is an ardent fan of architecture, DIY, and the power of volunteers. She is a self-admitted history junkie and believes historic landmarks and landscapes contribute invaluably to the culture and character of our communities.
Andra’s favorite UWS building-this week-is the former Automat at The Horn & Hardardt Building at 2710 Broadway, designed in 1930 by F. P. Platt & Bro.
Director of Education & Grants
Sarah joined LW! in the summer of 2020 to manage our youth education and grants programs. She holds a Bachelor’s in archaeology and classics from Wesleyan University and recently graduated with a Masters in Archaeology from Cornell University. Her lifelong love for material culture and history led her to historic preservation. When she isn’t working, you can probably find her wandering around the North Woods or exploring a local thrift store.
Sarah’s favorite building on the Upper West Side is the former New York Cancer Hospital, now condos, at 455 Central Park West. It’s such a unique structure in the context of the apartment buildings surrounding it- what’s better than seeing a castle just off Central Park?
Director of Special Projects
Following a year volunteering with LW!, Shannon permanently joined our team in September 2018 to manage our youth education and grants programs, and has since added on special projects. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s and Postgraduate Diploma in Planning and Design (University of Melbourne (Australia)), a Master’s in International Urban and Environmental Management (RMIT (Australia)) and recently gained her certification with the American Planning Association (AICP).
With over 20 years professional experience in city planning, she brings a new perspective on ‘seeing’ the city and how buildings, people and places interact. You will find her exploring the streets of New York City taking ‘people and places’ photos for her Instagram account, buying as many New York City planning books as her apartment can hold, and taking walks in Central Park with her family, bagel in hand.
One of her favorite Upper West Side places is Central Park West – the row of formidable, majestic buildings remind us of how key planning principles of scale, bulk, and access to light and air come together to create a defined space and edge to one of America’s most revered parks.
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Board of Directors
Page Ayres Cowley, Chair
Carlo Lamagna, Vice Chair
Susan Nial, Vice Chair
Ron Senio, Treasurer
Ernest von Simson, Secretary
Andrew Scott Dolkart
Sarah Bradford Landau emerita
Elizabeth Starkey (1935-2017)