We are currently growing our Board, Advisory Board, and Fundraising Committee. If you are interested in serving, please contact us.


Natasha Campbell joined our board a few days ago. Bio and photo coming soon!


Gillian Kaye | Founder & President of Gillian Kaye Consulting & Coaching. Gillian is an international collaboration and planning consultant and coach with expertise in organizational capacity building, coalition building, strategic planning, community organizing and facilitating and designing community and cross-stakeholder collaboration.  Since founding her company in 1989, has worked with and provided consultation to hundreds of diverse communities, organizations, boards, foundations and government agencies in New York City, across the United States and abroad. Clients include: US Dept. of Health & Human Services, US Dept. of Justice, Pratt Institute, Rutgers University, USAID, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, American Cancer Society and The Municipal Arts Society.  In 2013, following Superstorm Sandy, Kaye directed the Brooklyn Recovery Fund of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, leading the foundation's initiative to create, promote and fund disaster recovery and resiliency for Brooklyn’s coastal neighborhoods through funding, organizing and strengthening local neighborhood recovery collaboratives to promote strong social networks, increase social capital and create greater community resiliency. She is deeply committed to mentoring and coaching groups and individuals to achieve their outcomes and step into their leadership and loves designing processes for group engagement and learning. Building effective collaborations and partnerships across diverse stakeholder groups for empowerment is her passion.

Maria Nieto joined our board a few days ago. Bio and photo coming soon!


Rear Admiral Robert C. North | U.S. Coast Guard (Retired). Rear Admiral Robert C. North retired from active duty with the U. S. Coast Guard on 30 April 2001.  He is presently serving as the President of North Star Maritime, Inc., a marine industry consulting firm, specializing in international and domestic maritime safety, security and environmental protection regulatory compliance.  In this capacity, he works with a range of maritime industry clients and attends meetings of the International Maritime Organization.

His U.S. Coast Guard career spanned nearly 35 years and culminated with service as the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection where he directed national and international programs for commercial vessel safety, merchant mariner licensing and documentation, port safety and security and waterways management.  In that capacity, he led U. S. Delegations to the International Maritime Organization and also served as a member of the American Bureau of Shipping Classification and Technical Committees, the Det Norske Veritas North American Committee, the Lloyds Register General Committee, and the Sealift Committee of the National Defense Transportation Association.

He is a graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler and the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA. Rear Admiral North is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers; the Propeller Club, Port of Washington, DC; and the Board of Trustees of the Seaman’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey.


Melissa Perry | Melissa is an attorney at Cohen, LaBarbera & Landrigan, LLP after a nineteen-year career working with at-risk youth. She is a boater and lover of mechanical things as she comes from a family of GE turbine engineers.


Carmen Rainieri | Board Chair. Carmen is a Regional Director at Skanska where he does global project management throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. He did the cost estimating work on our business plan for the building space next to our ship. Carmen appreciates all things waterfront having grown up along the Jersey shore. His dream is to get a historic ship and bring it back to life, something we are now working on together.


Carolina Salguero | Founder & President, PortSide NewYork
Carolina began life in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and spent her teen years in New England, often on the coast. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale with two majors (Art and American Studies). The social policy studies from the latter informed her journalism and ultimately PortSide.  She worked around the world as a freelance documentary photographer and writer from the opening of the Berlin Wall through 9/11 where she arrived at ground zero on her own boat.  Her intrepid photojournalism had her survive a hit man and Shining Path bomb in Peru, and a car-jacking at machine gun point in South Africa.  Since 1998, she has been researching, documenting, boating and advocating on behalf of New York City's waterfront. In 2002, she completed a multi-year project on NYC tugboats for National Geographic which introduced her to the working waterfront.  In 2003, she launched the first interactive community board website in NYC for Brooklyn Community Board 6 about the "Piers 6-12 Study" pertaining to plans for the Red Hook Containerport.  In 2007, she supervised the haul-out of the MARY A. WHALEN.  She continues creating art photography via a series of porthole views from the MARY A. WHALEN. Carolina received a National Maritime Historical Society ship preservation award in 2013. She is a member of New York Maritime Inc. (NYMAR),  the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA), and the National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS).


John Weaver | John began his career on stage and shared the stage with Katherine Hepburn on his first tour.  After years of acting, he went into production in theater and television while continuing to use his rich baritone for voice overs.  He directed Ch 7’s Eyewitness News at 11pm five nights a week and was the Producer and Director of the first season of "Like It Is,” a weekly public affairs TV program focused on issues relevant to the African American community that ran from 1968 to 2011 with its original host Gil Noble.  From staff Director at WABC-TV, he turned to producing and directing commercials for twenty five years, becoming a Senior Vice President at Young and Rubicam.  John made PortSide and the MARY WHALEN the focus of his diverse talents since 2007. He brings a unique personal history to PortSide's re-use of the ship; his father in law Alf Dyrland was captain of the MARY WHALEN for twenty years.  Captain Alf Dyrland was not aboard when the MARY WHALEN ran aground in the famous 1968 episode that led to a Supreme Court case; that was the other captain.  His wife has donated the papers of her father Captain Alf Dyrland, giving PortSide a precious collection of memorabilia relating to the ship and the Norwegian immigrant community.  John advises on the performing arts programs at PortSide NewYork, and is a key part of the branding and visioning team.  John’s hobby is woodworking, sometimes on a large scale; he built his own log cabin vacation home in the Pennsylvania woods. 

Advisory Board

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Capt. Jonathan Atkin | Maritime Photographer
Jonathan’s work experience spans museum management, dance, and many maritime activities. Jonathan currently specializes in photographing ships and is known for meticulously planned aerial media from manned helicopters and drones. His clients include blue water cargo shipping, towing companies, cruise lines, shipyards, and the broader workboat sector.  At 19 he sailed as a merchant seaman from Galveston Texas to Haifa Israel and back on a trans-Atlantic bulk carrier making his first serious maritime photographs.  While pursuing an MFA at the RIT, he combined a passion for dance in photography, briefly creating his own dance group. After grad school, Jonathan became a Program Developer for the newly designed Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the nation’s oldest children’s museum. Prior to specializing in maritime photography, Atkin completed over 850 assignments for The New York Times Travel and Arts & Leisure sections. His other editorial work ranged from the Smithsonian Magazine to The Wall Street Journal,  with noteworthy coverage of civil rights.  Jonathan advocates for historic ships and their value to American heritage.  Jonathan combines his love for dance and maritime in the Hero Project where he directs and photographs world class dancers aboard historic ships, creating an evocative duet between dancers and ships that brings a unique visibility to maritime heritage. He is an active participant of Harbor Ops Committee at USCG Sector NY and a member of Connecticut Maritime Association..  He has a 100 ton Masters License.

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Robert Hill | Founder & President, Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp.
Bob is the founder and President of Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp., of Milford, MA. His firm specializes in the design of AT/B's, "Articulated Tug/Barge" units, for ocean and coastwise service. Mr. Hill has over 30 years of experience in AT/B design, including working with most of the major tug/barge connection systems available worldwide. His firm, has been involved in the engineering of 26 currently operating US flag AT/B's, – more AT/B designs and conversions, than any other design firm or shipyard in North America. Currently, the firm is developing AT/B designs for half-million barrel "ShuttleBarges" for service in the GOM FSO trade, as well as AT/B designs for the carriage of everything from chemicals, to petroleum products, to container feeders, to railcars, to bulk materials. The firm has provided AT/B engineering support to shipyards such as Alabama Shipyard, and Halter Marine, and has performed contract design services for such prestigious firms as Mobil Oil Corp., Conoco, Reinauer Transportation, Penn Maritime, Dixie Carriers, Canada Steamship, and many other such firms.

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Barry E.A. Johnson | Optimist, Filmmaker, Global Connector, Former Obama Appointee, and Speaker
Barry is an uncommon hybrid of creative and pragmatic general manager who shepherds new concepts from idea to implementation. His 25+ years of professional experience include corporate, entrepreneurial, government, and non-profit arenas. He served as an Obama White House appointee in several senior advisory capacities: first in the U.S. Department of Commerce as Senior Advisor for Economic Development; then as founding Executive Director of SelectUSA, the first White House initiative to promote and facilitate inward investment from foreign corporations and reshoring of US corporations. In that capacity, he also served as the first Chairman of the Inter-Agency Working Group on FDI comprised of senior officials from 35 executive branch agencies whose policies influence U.S. investment climate for FDI.  He previously led the Inbound Investment & Global Market Access advisory practice of 32 Advisors LLC which he co-founded with Robert Wolf, former Chairman of UBS Investment Bank to help companies and governments, accelerate cross-border growth and development. He has a strong track record of teaming to launch successful “intrapreneurially” businesses within several of the world’s leading corporations including Disney, Bertelsmann and Sony and was founding President of MSBET, the joint venture between Viacom’s BET Networks and the Microsoft Corporation.   Johnson is a Member of the Board of Yaddo and the PCOS Challenge, an Advisory Board Member of InvestED and PortSide NewYork, and a Global Fellow at Institute for Creativity & Capital, University of Texas-Austin. 

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Peter Liguori
Peter is a media executive, most recently CEO of Tribune Media, and a former top executive at Discovery Communications Inc. and 21st Century Fox. For additional info see his resume.

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Phil Reed | Naval Architect, Salvage Master, Managing Director, Reed Maritime LLC 
Phil is an accomplished Salvage Master and Salvage Engineer.  He worked for Titan Salvage for over 20 years on many and high profile, complex salvage jobs.  He was one of several Salvage Masters on the famous COSTA CONCORDIA Wreck Removal Project and was one of the principal authors of the Titan-Micoperi bid tender.  He was involved throughout the project including parbuckling, refloating and the redelivery of the wreck to Genoa.   In December 2012, he launched his own salvage consultancy Reed Maritime LLC which offers services worldwide to salvors, vessel owners & operators, underwriters, P&I clubs, government agencies and solicitors.  He is a US-based member of Lloyd's Panel of Special Casualty Representatives (SCR).  In 2015, he did salvage work in New York Harbor in the matter of the GREY SHARK which was brought, while afire, to the Homeport pier in Staten Island.  Phil has a BS in Marine Engineering/Marine Transportation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and a MS in Ocean Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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David Sharps | President, Waterfront Museum Barge 
David is the Founding President and Executive Director of The Waterfront Museum (1986-present).  After visiting waterfronts in over 40 countries he focusing as an entertainer he restored the 1914 Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge #79, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Media Spokesperson for Museum and Waterfront Issues. U.S. Coast Guard Attraction Vessel. Provided waterfront access and programming for extended stays in Red Hook, Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC Hudson River Parks, South Street Seaport, Riverdale, Piermont, Cold Spring, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Hudson, Waterford, NY & Hoboken, Liberty State Park, NJ. Secured major grants totaling over 2 million dollars to restore and program the only surviving, wooden example of the Hudson River Covered Barge. 1998 United Nations Designation of Barge as “Regional Craft of the International Year of the Oceans.” Attracted a million people to hundreds of cultural programs and exhibitions produced for the general public at low cost and/or free of charge.