Adam Ganser has spent his career as a leader advocating for, designing, and developing urban scale public realm ideas that emphasize economic, environmental, and social impacts.
As executive director of New Yorkers for Parks Adam has built broad citywide coalitions that have changed the narrative on the value of parks. NY4P’s 1% for Parks campaign has shifted the policy priorities of the new administration with mayor Eric Adams committing to nearly doubling the parks budget during his mayoralty. Prior to taking the helm at New Yorkers for Parks, Adam was vice president of planning and design for the High Line. During Ganser’s 10-year tenure, the High Line became one of the world’s most visited and celebrated public parks. Adam oversaw the preservation, design, and development of the third section of the High Line, and led the High Line’s partnership with two mayoral administrations. Adam was also instrumental in creating and developing the High Line Network, a consortium of infrastructure reuse public space projects across the nation. Trained as an architect, Adam worked for Enrique Norton at TEN Arquitectos in New York City focusing on urban scale projects including Orange County Great Park, a 1,400 acre reuse project for the former El Toro Marine Air Base in southern California.
Adam received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, a Master of Architecture from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, his hometown.