Yesterday, the Voice reported on Parks and Rec Commissioner Adrian Benepe's resignation.
Benepe's legacy is a polarizing one: His decade-long tenure is marked by tremendous expansion of the city's greenspaces, but also characterized by controversial policies barring artists and performers from parks, as well as pushes for private fundraising. Many also felt that Benepe fostered a corporate culture at the city's parks -- and might have threatened their vibe as public spaces open to all.
That said, there's a lot at stake with his replacement, Veronica M. White.
White now heads up the Center for Economic Opportunity, a Bloomberg-backed anti-poverty lab she founded in 2006, which has an annual budget of $100 million. The Center has conducted experimental welfare efforts, such as paying low income individuals to go to parent-teacher conferences.
But who is she, exactly?More »