New Parrish Art Museum Board Leadership Announced
On January 23, 2022, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill announced a new slate of board leaders who will guide the museum as it enters its 10th anniversary. The new leadership includes co-chairs Frederic M. Seegal and Alexandra Stanton, co-chairs Sean Cohan and Timothy G. Davis, vice-chair Sandy Perlbinder, treasurer George Wells and secretary Martha McLanahan.
“We are thrilled to take on this position at such a critical time for arts institutions,” Seegal and Stanton said in a statement. “It is our responsibility to listen to the people we serve, and as the Parrish continues to honor the rich artistic heritage of the East End, we are committed to extending that heritage to embrace artists from groups historically underrepresented in the region, including the Shinnecock Indian Nation and the LGBTQ, LatinX and Black communities.
“We all have deep ties to the region and the Parrishes,” Cohan and Davis added in the statement. “As we enter the 125th anniversary of the museum and 10th year at our iconic building, we are strengthening our year-round commitment to local communities and continuing to serve our members and visitors around the world. administration of Parrish looks forward to building on the deep dedication and investment of former board leaders and the transformative tenure of recent director Kelly Taxter.Soon we will begin to search for the museum’s next director and we will we pledge to welcome and support his vision.
Sean Cohan, a Parrish board member since 2017, is Chief Growth Officer and President, International, at Nielsen (NYSE – NLSN), a global media measurement and data analytics company.
He oversees corporate strategy, partnerships, business development and all of Nielsen’s international activities, from measurement to metadata. Previously, Cohan served as President, Global and Digital Media at A+E Networks, and also held positions at Primedia, Morgan Stanley, NBC and AT Kearney.
Cohan is a director on the board of H&R Block (NYSE – HRB), as well as the boards of the Banff World Media Festival, the National Association of Television Programming Executives and AccuWeather. He is also treasurer and member of the board of directors of Opportunity Network and vice-chairman of the committee of the UJA of NY. Sean received his BA from Harvard in Economics and an MBA from Stanford. He was recently named one of the “Most Influential Black Business Directors” and “Most Influential Black Executives” by Savoy Magazine.
Timothy G. Davis, Co-Chair:
Longtime Hamptons resident Tim Davis is recognized for his accomplished 42-year career in real estate, listing and selling some of the East End’s finest properties. Considered a market expert, Davis is a sought-after East End broker who consistently ranks among the top agents in the United States. Prior to his association with Corcoran, Davis was a former director of the real estate brokerage firm, Allan Schneider Associates, which he and his partners sold to the Corcoran Group’s parent company, NRT, in 2006.
Davis became a Trustee of the Parrish Art Museum in 2003, serving as Secretary and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee and Capital Campaign Steering Committee prior to his appointment as Co-Chair in 2022. His wife Susan served for many years as co-chair of the museum’s annual Spring Fling. He is a trustee of Fighting Chance, an oncology counseling services center serving eastern Long Island, as well as Have a Heart Community Trust.
Martha McLanahan, Secretary:
Martha McLanahan is currently president of the Lincoln Fund and former board member of the Children’s Aid Society in New York and Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. The hallmark of her 15 years of dedicated service to Parrish is the guidance and energy she brings to the Landscape Pleasures Committee, which she has co-chaired since 2010. A contributor to Parrish’s fundraising campaign, McLanahan is a director active. Circle member and tireless museum ambassador, helping to secure philanthropy for programs and fundraising.
Sandy Perlbinder, Vice President:
As a former administrator of the LearningSpring School in New York, Perlbinder served for 13 years as a creative member of the building committee, guiding the construction of the school’s award-winning new building. Currently, Perlbinder serves on the advisory board of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs (SUNY Stony Brook) and was until last year vice-chair of the Women’s Leadership Council at Stony Brook University, a program of mentoring for female students selected for their financial needs and academic potential. She was a board member of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic and will be honored in 2022.
Perlbinder and her husband Stephen have supported the Parrish since 2003 and later as fundraising campaign contributors. Perlbinder joined the Parrish board in 2015 and since then the couple have contributed to numerous exhibitions as well as fundraising programs including Friday Nights, Parrish Road Show and Salon Series. Perlbinder graduated from Barnard College with an AB in Art History and completed Columbia University’s graduate program.
Fred Seegal, Co-Chair:
Fred Seegal is vice president of investment banking at Cowen, responsible for helping grow relationships with a particular focus on the technology, media and telecommunications, and consumer sectors. Prior to joining Cowen, Seegal served as a Senior Advisor and Vice President at PJ Solomon, where he played a key role in strengthening its media, entertainment, communications and technology practices. Previously, he was chairman of Wasserstein Perella.
Seegal joined the Parrish Board of Directors in 2011, serving as Chairman and Chairman Emeritus. He is chairman of the board of directors of the James Beard Foundation, of the board of governors of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and has served on the boards of the American Ballet Theater and the New York City Center. Seegal holds a BA in political science from Cornell University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an LLB from Harvard Law School.
Alexandra Stanton, Co-Chair:
Alexandra Stanton, CEO of Empire Global Ventures LLC, is an attorney whose professional focus ranges from developing large multinationals to launching start-ups. She has held senior positions in major public companies, including the New York City Mayor’s Appointments Office, the Empire State Development Corporation, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC. During the COVID pandemic, she co-founded Little Lives PPE, a company that makes all-American, medical-grade PPE for children and adults.
Stanton joined the Parrish Board of Directors in 2008 and has served as Vice Chairman and Co-Chairman. In 2013, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees and currently serves as Vice President of Doctors of the World, USA. In addition to serving as chair of the J Street Board of Directors, she serves on the New York State Tourism Advisory Council. Stanton received his BA from Cornell University and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the New York Bar.
George Wells, Treasurer:
George Wells is the founder of Wells Group of New York, a management consulting firm specializing in startups focused on disrupting industries using technology; and CFO of quip, an oral care startup. He attended Morehouse College and earned an MBA from Stanford. George made headlines in 2020 after promising his undergraduate alma mater a $1 million art gift, consisting mostly of works by LGBTQ and/or black artists who focus on identity. and race.
Wells is a business adviser to Mickalene Thomas, serves on the Council of Artists and Painting and Sculpture Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and serves on the board of directors of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and Out in Tech. He joined the Parrish board in 2021.
For more information, visit parrishart.org.