Walkway’s Waldstein resigns after 12 years

After a 12-year period that has seen capital improvements, increased visitation and even a Guinness World Record at the 1.28-mile reach above the Hudson River, Elizabeth Waldstein is stepping down as executive director of the Walkway Over the Hudson organization, a “friends” group that supports and enhances Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. This is the second leadership transition announcement in recent times, as Maureen Solero recently became the new chair of the board of directors, replacing John Storyk, who resigned after three years of service.

Waldstein said it was “time to embrace the next chapter of my life” as he announced his retirement effective May 1. “It has been an honor to serve as General Manager and I am proud to have helped bring the Walkway’s vision to life. One of the accomplishments of which I am most proud was the creation of the Walkway Ambassador program. Hundreds of volunteers have helped make the Walkway one of the most welcoming and user-friendly parks in the state. During this time, a small fledgling nonprofit has grown into a stable, strong, and sustainable organization; through successful fundraising, careful financial management and an engaged board,” she said.

“Together, we have developed a plan to ensure a smooth transition to a new leadership structure that will serve the Walkway for a long time,” Solero said. “To that end, we are pleased to announce that Diane Haight, who has been extremely valuable to our organization in her capacity as Chief Executive Officer, will be appointed as Interim Chief Executive Officer following Elizabeth’s departure.

For more information on the Walkway organization, visit gateway.org.

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