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Raju Mann

President & CEO
  • 11/18
  • BPC People

BPC People – Abby Ehrlich

[Above photo: Abby Ehrlich with her mother and son at a Go Fish! fishing event.]

Abby joined BPC Parks 17 years ago as Director of Parks Programming where she has developed a robust portfolio of organized activities and events throughout Battery Park City. Today, BPC Parks Programming offers hundreds of free activities for residents of all ages in addition to a wide variety of art & cultural events throughout the neighborhood. In this past year alone, Abby and her team have hosted more than a quarter of a million people. In addition to overseeing the Parks Programming operations, Abby is also responsible for managing the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School –a role she has embraced since 2002.

Abby received her undergraduate degree in Art History from Connecticut College and a Masters in Museum Education & Leadership from Bank Street Graduate School of Education. She joined us with more than 20 years of experience in education and outreach at various art museums in New York City, including The Frick Collection, New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as the Washington State Arts Commission where she managed the public art program for 2,000 public schools.

Growing up in Norwalk, Connecticut, Abby enjoyed playing in the woods, fishing and sailing a dinghy in Long Island Sound, where she found solace and endless opportunities to explore nature. One of the highlights of her career at BPC Parks was being a member of the creative design committee for Teardrop Park, where she subsequently worked to integrate parks programming activities. She views the park as a splendid oasis which is reminiscent of where she first connected with nature.

When asked what she loves most about her job, Abby said, “Parks Programming offers the opportunity every day to provide fun, thoughtful activities to people, regardless of their age”. Whatever you enjoy- Fishing, Bird Watching, Art, there is a good chance Abby and her team have an activity you would appreciate. And if not, feel free to offer your suggestions as we are continuously looking to grow our programs and welcome new ideas!

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