Robert Hammond is the Co-Founder of Friends of the High Line, with Joshua David in 1999. The non-profit conservancy manages the High Line, a public park built atop an abandoned, elevated rail line on the west side of Manhattan. Together they worked with the City of New York to save the High Line from demolition. Friends of the High Line has raised over $170 million in public and private funding and manages the park in partnership with New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation. Before the High Line, Robert helped start several businesses and consulted with non-profit organizations. In 2010, Robert was awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, as well as the Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism. He is a self-taught artist, and served as an ex-Officio Member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees. Robert graduated from Princeton University in 1993.