Click to search the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library Skip Navigation

New York Public Library Board of Trustees


Evan R. Chesler


Evan R. Chesler was appointed Chairman of The New York Public Library's Board of Trustees in November, 2014. He is Chairman of prominent law firm Cravath, Swaine, & Moore LLP

Chesler handles a variety of litigation for his firm, and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation, and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute. He is also the President of the Dwight Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration, the oldest nonpartisan organization in the United States devoted to the education of the judiciary.

Additionally, Chesler is an adjunct professor at New York University Law School and has taught at NYU’s College of Arts and Science. He is on the boards of both New York University and the New York University School of Law. He received his undergraduate and legal degrees from NYU, and holds a master’s degree in Russian area studies from Hunter College.

Board of Trustees meeting schedule - 2016

As of  November  2015

Kwame Anthony Appiah
Peter Baldwin
John H. Banks III
Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos
John P. Birkelund +
Lisa J. Blau

Samuel C. Butler +
Sila M. Calderón
Joan Hardy Clark +
Evan R. Chesler, Chairman
Lewis B. Cullman +
Robert Darnton +
Gordon J. Davis
Anne E. De La Renta +
James H. Duffy +
H.R.H. Princess Firyal
Barbara G. Fleischman +
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Barbara Goldsmith +
William Gray
Louise L. Grunwald
John H. Gutfreund +
John B. Hess
Patricia D. Klingenstein +
Arthur W. Koenig

Beth Kojima
Jane Lauder
Robert Liberman
Harold W. McGraw III
Raymond J. McGuire
Scott Malkin
The Honorable Victor Marrero
Catherine Marron
Anthony W. Marx, President and Chief Executive Officer
Robert B. Menschel +
Abby S. Milstein, Vice Chairman
Susan Morgenthau
Toni Morrison+
Suzanne C. Mueller +
Jessye Norman
Carl H. Pforzheimer III +
Charles Phillips
Richard L. Plepler
Harold Prince +
Katharine J. Rayner
David Remnick
Elizabeth Rohatyn *
Marshall Rose *
Sandra Priest Rose +
Neil L. Rudenstine +
Stephen A. Schwarzman
Robert B. Silvers +
Dinakar Singh
Gayfryd Steinberg
George Stephanopoulos
James S. Tisch
Calvin Trillin +
Luis A. Ubiñas
Edgar Wachenheim III *
Sue Ann Weinberg +
The Honorable Bill de Blasio
The Honorable Melissa Mark-Viverito (Representative: Carey Maloney)
The Honorable Scott M. Stringer (Representative: Leigh M. Miller)

+Life Trustee
*Foundation Trustee

Chat with a librarian now