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The New York Public Library Appoints Fay Rosenfeld Vice President of Public Programs


DECEMBER 2, 2015 – The New York Public Library has named Fay Rosenfeld its Vice President of Public Programs. She is scheduled to start on January 11.

Rosenfeld comes to the Library from the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, an institution that she helped launch and build into one of the city’s premier spaces for dialogue around history, public policy, and human rights.

Fay RosenfeldIn her nearly nine years at the institution – where she most recently served as senior director of programs and chief operating officer – she has organized hundreds of successful, sold-out programs that engage a wide variety of communities and audiences. She has worked closely with Hunter College faculty, while also launching key partnerships with organizations like the Aspen Institute and Brookings Institution.

“Fay is an exciting  addition to The New York Public Library, which will benefit tremendously from her expertise and extensive experience in the worlds of programming and public engagement as we continue to grow and broaden this important facet of our work,” said NYPL Chief External Relations Officer Carrie Welch.

At the Library, Rosenfeld will report to and work with Chief External Relations Officer Carrie Welch and others to develop and implement a comprehensive program designed to enlighten and engage the public in the work and mission of The New York Public Library. This will include reviewing and strengthening current NYPL programming, collaborating with curators, exhibitions staff, and staff from the Library’s branches to develop new programs to engage a variety of new audiences, identifying fundraising and partnership opportunities for programming, and developing plans to push NYPL content and programs beyond the physical building via technology, among other responsibilities.

“As a lifelong library lover, I am excited to join the wonderful team at The New York Public Library, and look forward to working with staff across the system to  enhance the excellent programming that already exists, and develop new strategies, partnerships, and programs that will engage a wide variety of audiences across New York City and beyond,” said Rosenfeld.

Prior to her time at Roosevelt House, Rosenfeld worked at Hofstra Law School, where she served as Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Executive Director of International and Comparative Law Programs. Rosenfeld – a cum laude graduate of NYU Law School – also taught at NYU Law School and Brooklyn Law School, and was a practicing attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison for six years.

Rosenfeld graduated cum laude from Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. She is a native of Montreal, Canada.


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