Allison Whipple Rockefeller is a native New Yorker, born in New York City and a life-long resident of the Hudson River Valley. She is an ardent advocate for the preservation of the American landscape as parks and open space on the local, state, and national level. She served as Commission Member to the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the length of the Hudson River Valley, first in the Capital/Saratoga Region and currently in the State’s New York City District. Allison is deeply committed to the communication of American heritage, history, and values especially as they pertain to the nation’s natural resources and the role of nature in shaping American history and the American character. She is the Founding Chair of National Audubon’s Rachel Carson Awards Council which recognizes the highest achieving women in American Conservation and environmentalism.
Allison Rockefeller has also joined the effort in brownfield reclamation as Founder of Cornerstone Parks, the “Pumps-to-Parks”TM Initiative, which works to create a network of small parks and community centers by converting closed gas station sites and their buildings into open green space and centers for community use.
She is a long time Trustee of the Museum of the City of New York, her favorite venue for learning more about New York at a museum “which celebrates and interprets the city—its distinctive character, diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation.”
Allison writes about the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson’s legendary sail of the majestic river, signifying the earliest beginnings of a place that would become the most vital, open, and dynamic city in the world.