Leaders and Team

At NYRR, running is a team sport: Everything that we do as an organization represents the efforts of many talented, passionate, and dedicated individuals and groups pulling together to advance our mission to help and inspire people through running. Our staff is supported by thousands of volunteers, multiple New York City agencies, our sponsors and partners, and our board of directors.

Michael Capiraso

President and CEO

Whether he’s running with the kids who participate in our school programs or high fiving finishers after a race, Michael Capiraso exemplifies New York Road Runners’ mission to help and inspire people through running.

Since becoming president and CEO of NYRR in May 2015, Capiraso has committed the organization to making a bigger impact on youth, communities, and athletes of all abilities through running. To that end, NYRR has expanded its free programs in schools and neighborhood parks, serving 250,000 youth nationally and offering free weekly runs and walks in 20 parks across the five boroughs and in New Jersey and on Long Island. The organization has also created new opportunities, like the first-ever Million Kid Run in 2016, which invited youth from countries all over the world to make electronic pledges to run on Global Running Day, also a first in 2016.

To position NYRR as the world’s premier community running organization, Capiraso has continued to align NYRR with partners that help the organization drive innovation in the sport of running.

He works closely with Tata Consultancy Services, NYRR’s premier partner and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon, to provide runners with the most technologically advanced experiences on and off the course. Thanks to this collaboration, participants in NYRR’s youth programs have a new way to track their mileage online, while adult runners were recently introduced to a new results experience and a new website.

Capiraso is a champion of exceptional customer service and building a mission-driven brand, as evidenced by an increased focus on runner services and support, such as the rollout of an on-demand bib-assignment process for NYRR races and the relaunch of NYRR’s tiered membership program. These efforts demonstrate passion and support for the local runners and running clubs that have for decades been the beating heart of NYRR.

Under Capiraso’s tenure, NYRR has also signed a multi-year agreement with New Balance, a well-established brand that shares NYRR’s commitment to emerging technology and giving back to the community. This shared mission has been brought to life at the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub—a hub for NYRR’s runner services as well as a unique run hub for New Balance. For each pair of shoes purchased, NYRR and New Balance will donate a pair to a child in need in an effort to inspire and support the next generation of runners.

Capiraso, a father of two, holds undergraduate and MBA degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University and also studied film at New York University. Prior to NYRR, he accumulated 15 years of brand marketing, organizational strategy, and leadership experience at companies like National Football League, Major League Baseball, Cole Haan, and Calvin Klein. Capiraso has worked with NYRR since 2010. He became an executive vice president in 2012 and COO in 2014.

In November 2018, Capiraso, a self-described middle-of-the-pack runner, ran his 27th consecutive New York City Marathon, once again in support of NYRR Team for Kids. Over the past nine years, Capiraso has raised more than $80,000 for the charity.

Christine Burke

SVP, Strategic Partnerships and Runner Products

Christine Burke became NYRR’s senior vice president of strategic partnerships and runner products in July 2019; her previous role was vice president of runner products and services. In her role, Christine is responsible for training, membership, runner services, the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub, international tour operators, charity partners, race registration, and digital and virtual runner products. She joined NYRR in January 2015 as the director of runner products and services.

Burke has an extensive professional background in retail and luxury marketing, specializing in retail marketing, digital marketing, and ecommerce. Previously she worked for two years as the vice president and general retail manager at Hastens Beds, and for nine years with L’Occitane en Provence, most recently as the vice president of global digital marketing and ecommerce. She graduated from Williams College with a BA in political science and has an MBA from Fordham University.

A lifelong athlete, Burke played softball and ran cross country in college. She ran her first marathon at the 1993 New York City Marathon, which she finished with both her parents, who inspired her to run from an early age. She has completed 25 marathons, one Ironman triathlon, and dozens of NYRR races since the early 1990s. Burke lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children—twin boys and daughter—all of whom are quickly approaching the day when they will run faster than their mother.

Jeff Carnevale

SVP, IT and Information Officer

Jeff Carnevale joined NYRR in late 2014 as the vice president of information technology; in July 2019 he was promoted to senior vice president, IT and information officer. He leads IT operations, system, and software development. He leads the IT team in modernizing the IT infrastructure, continuing to build and expand our mobile applications, and fostering technology innovation.

Previously, Carnevale held the position of vice president, corporate technology at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where he oversaw technology including IT Infrastructure, software development, system administration, ERP, HRMS, digital asset management, business intelligence, and CRM systems. In addition, he was responsible for IT budget, staffing, disaster recovery, business continuity, strategic planning, IT SOX, and audit compliance.

Carnevale has also held technology positions at The Ladders, where he oversaw software development, CRM, and marketing automation systems, and at Northrop Grumman/Amherst Systems, where he worked on systems development and support. He brings extensive experience developing, implementing, and managing technology systems.

Carnevale is a seasoned IT leader with strong strategic focus and technical knowledge. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and resides in Westchester County.

Linda A. Franken

SVP, Finance

Linda Franken, who joined NYRR in July 2011 as vice president of finance, brings extensive and broad-based experience in all aspects of accounting, internal controls, business management, and profit improvement initiatives. Both an MBA and a CPA, she has had great success with start-up and re-engineering financial functions, establishing sound financial and business policy, and partnering with senior management to achieve business goals.

Prior to working at NYRR, Franken was vice president of finance and advertising at Macy's, Inc., where she directed accounting and administrative functions in the company's retail division. She hired and mentored staff, created and implemented sound business processes and procedures, and ensured SOX and audit compliance. She also partnered with senior business managers; created, managed, and controlled budgets, forecasts, long-range plans, and performance analysis; and was responsible for financial reporting and operating reviews.

From 1998 to 2003, Franken was the vice-president of finance for the global advertising and retail divisions of Calvin Klein, Inc., where she performed financial and administrative management of global advertising and retail divisions with billings of $120 million. Franken's responsibilities at Calvin Klein included partnering with more than 30 licensees/in-house divisions to manage contractual and operational issues to reduce write-offs and improve receivable collections, supervising the division's year-end audit, and instituting and monitoring an effective system of internal controls resulting in better adherence to sound business practices. She has also worked as a freelance financial consultant, performing a broad range of financial consulting work for public relations and real estate firms.

Franken received a Bachelor of Arts from Montclair State College in Montclair, NJ, and her MBA from the Rutgers School of Business. She received her CPA from the State of New Jersey.

Bari Greenfield

VP, Strategy, Planning, and Organization Operations

Bari Greenfield joined NYRR in 2013. In July 2015 she became the Vice President, Strategy, Planning, and Organization Operations. In the role she serves multiple functions, including strategy formulation, business opportunity assessment and planning, growth plan execution, and project implementation, as well as critical work on the organization’s strategy, goals, new community initiatives, and business planning.

Prior to joining NYRR, Greenfield spent a number of years in management consulting for Katzenbach Partners, later acquired by Booz & Co. While there, she served clients in the U.S. and abroad in energy, pharmaceutical, technology, and consumer products sectors on a range of strategy projects, and also served the firm in internal leadership roles. Previously, she worked for the Boston Red Sox in business affairs, supporting a number of analytical and strategic evaluation efforts aimed at improving the fan experience and growing revenue streams through both digital and ballpark properties.

Greenfield earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently resides on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her husband, Matthew, their two daughters, and their dog, Kaycee. Thanks to NYRR, she is trying to parlay her love for long walks and hiking into respectable running skills.

James Grooms

SVP, General Counsel & Assistant Secretary

Grooms joined NYRR in 2014, and currently heads NYRR legal, compliance, and business affairs. Prior to NYRR, Grooms had an 11-year tenure as VP, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Prior to that position, he held counsel roles with Standard & Poor’s and ABC Television, as well as an associate position with Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. Grooms was also an adjunct professor for several years at Cornell University’s New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations (Extension and Public Service Division). While working for Standard & Poor’s, Grooms developed and implemented policies and procedures for licensing and protection of its intellectual property. At ABC Television, Grooms provided counsel on labor and employment matters. During his time with Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C., he represented labor unions and clients in a variety of industries.

At NYRR, Grooms is responsible for providing legal advice and expertise in a variety of areas, including business transactions, litigation, compliance, and risk management. He also manages the negotiation of contracts and participates in the development of organizational policies and procedures.

Grooms is a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Michigan law school. He lives in Manhattan.

Jim Heim

SVP, Event Development & Production, Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon

Since joining NYRR in 2007, Jim Heim has been instrumental in the growth and development of key event properties, including the TCS New York City Marathon, the United Airlines NYC Half, and the Popular Brooklyn Half.

Heim has successfully elevated event planning, budgeting, and partner integration practices, including projects such as the TCS New York City Marathon wave start program, the seeded corral program at weekly races, and the development of sustainability efforts for NYRR events. He has helped to develop and cultivate a deep event team at NYRR. Heim is a key liaison with New York City agencies, and he oversees NYRR’s Event Management, Production, Race Scoring, Warehouse, Volunteer, and Medical teams, as well as event operations and all technical production for our events. Heim is FEMA-trained in ICS levels 100, 200, 700, and 800, CPR/AED First Aid Certified, and a USATF official.

Prior to joining NYRR, Heim was with the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles for eight years. He managed all premium-services event operations and helped to open Lincoln Financial Field. He still proudly supports Philadelphia sports while working with NYRR in the heart of Manhattan, even though he grudgingly admits that the Giants staff is phenomenal to work with.

Heim is a graduate of the University of Scranton. He resides in Orange County, NY, with his wife, Christine, and their children, Andrew, Abigail, and Jake.

Ted Metellus

VP, Events, Technical Director, TCS New York City Marathon

Ted Metellus became NYRR’s vice president of events and technical director of the TCS New York City Marathon in July 2019. He leads NYRR's event management and logistics, experiential events, and youth events teams, and oversees warehouse operations.

Metellus has more than 20 years of experience in public, marketing, charity event production and the endurance sports industry. He has worked with industry leaders such as Pallotta TeamsWorks, NYRR, Eventage, the Miami Marathon, the Philadelphia Triathlon, Lifetime Triathlons, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, and IRONMAN, to name a few. Metellus' love of creating an enjoyable and safe guest experience translates to every aspect of his work at NYRR. 

Metellus was the 2016 National Center for Spectator Sport Safety and Security (NCS4) Professional of the Year; the award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in addressing safety/security issues.


Sandra Midkiff

VP, Development and Philanthropy

Sandra Midkiff joined New York Road Runners in May 2019 as vice president of development and philanthropy. In this role, she oversees the development team responsible for raising the philanthropic dollars that support the vital youth and community programs of NYRR.

Midkiff brings 12+ years of fundraising experience to NYRR, having worked primarily in independent schools. She joined NYRR from Ethical Culture Fieldston School, where she served as the chief advancement officer, overseeing the strategy and management for their capital campaign, annual fund, alumni relations, events, and stewardship. Prior, Midkiff worked at the Head-Royce School in Oakland, CA and The Hewitt School in NYC. Before beginning her career in fundraising, she worked for several nonprofits in Seattle, including Taproot Theatre and Intiman Theatre, and served as an AmeriCorps member.

Midkiff is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University. An avid runner, she has completed 15 marathons and has also ventured into triathlon, completing her first Ironman in July 2018.

Maria Note

VP, Human Resources & Office Operations

Maria Note joined New York Road Runners in May 2012 as Vice President of Human Resources; her responsibilities have grown to include overseeing Office Operations. Maria brings 20 years of experience in human resource management of dynamic, emerging companies. She leads our human resources team in ensuring that NYRR is an inspiring place to work, and her own enthusiasm for the position makes that attitude an infectious one. She plays an important role in helping the company achieve its strategic imperatives and live its core values.

Before arriving at NYRR, Note spent 10 years at Sakonnet Technology, an energy-trading software firm with offices in New York City, London, Rio de Janeiro, and Beijing. As the head of global human resources, she was instrumental in the firm’s growth as it became a thriving organization, using her hands-on, collaborative approach to implement processes and programs aligned with the company’s goals and its employees’ needs.

Prior to Sakonnet, Note managed a division of Concorde, a New York employment services firm focused on the placement of banking, finance, and accounting professionals.

She has in-depth knowledge of New York state, local, and federal employment laws, immigration processes, and human resource practices and is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management and the Human Resources Association of New York.

Born and raised in Brooklyn (and a big fan of the Popular Brooklyn Half), Note earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University and completed her Masters in Human Resource Management at New York University, receiving the Human Resources Industry Excellence Award among her peers. She currently resides in New Jersey with her sports-loving family and is an active swimmer.

Rachel Pratt

SVP, Youth & Community Services

Rachel Pratt joined NYRR as the Senior Vice President, Youth & Community Services in September 2015. She oversees all of NYRR's youth and community services programs, including Rising New York Road Runners, our new, comprehensive free youth fitness program featuring an updated, research-based curriculum, customizable digital tools and resources, and fee-free registration for events in the New York City area.

Pratt is an accomplished non-profit leader with an extensive background in the non-profit sector and New York City government. Before coming to NYRR, she held for eight years the role of CEO of the Adoption Exchange Association, a national membership organization and the lead agency in AdoptUsKids, the Children’s Bureau’s national initiative to recruit and support foster and adoptive families for waiting children. Previously, she served for 12 years at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, with nearly three years spent as Assistant Commissioner, managing a staff of 500 with responsibility for more than 17,000 children in foster care.

Pratt is an experienced trainer, presenter, and group facilitator. She has taught public policy in graduate programs at New York University and New School University. She has presented on youth fitness, adoption, and child welfare throughout the United States and Canada, and has authored several articles and publications on child welfare. Pratt holds an M.S. in non-profit management from New School University.

She began running in 2008, motivated by a 25-year-old promise to someday run a marathon. She ran her first marathon the following year and has been running ever since. Pratt is the mother of three children (including two former Mighty Milers and current runners!) and lives with her family in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Michael Rodgers

VP, Youth & Community Runner Engagement

Rodgers, who joined New York Road Runners in April 2013, serves as Vice President, Youth & Community Runner Engagement. He manages a variety of programs that offer the running community opportunities to actively support NYRR's mission to help and inspire people through running. One of the programs is NYRR's Team for Kids charity team that has more than 7,000 annual members who raise money for free running programs serving nearly 250,000 kids in New York City and across the country. Another program is NYRR Open Run, a free community run/walk program in 16 parks in New York City with more than 20,000 participants. Rodgers also oversees NYRR Run for the Future, a high-touch, high-impact summer program for girls in their senior year of high school to build self-esteem, confidence, and leadership skills, while training for a 5K race. Participants who complete the program receive a $2,000 college scholarship. He also leads NYRR Community Champions and Youth Ambassadors programs.

Prior to NYRR, Rodgers was Vice President of Development at the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), where he led an effort to reinvigorate the organization’s development department by combining his fundraising experience with his passion for sports, advocacy, and civic engagement to implement industry best practices.

Before joining WSF, Rodgers served as a regional vice president with CCS Fundraising, a top-tier consulting firm that offers a broad range of development and strategic services to the nonprofit community. During his 10 years at the firm, he worked with more than 60 nonprofit organizations, assisting clients with fundraising, strategic planning, campaign leadership development, and management.

Rodgers is an avid sports fan, a lifelong athlete, and an active member of the local running community as a member of the New York Harriers. He has completed 25 marathons, five Ironman triathlons, and one ultramarathon. Rodgers has degrees from Elon University and l’Université de Liège.

Michael Schnall

VP, Government Relations & Community Investment

Michael Schnall, NYRR’s Vice President, Government Relations & Community Investment, leads efforts on establishing and strengthening community contacts and developing borough-specific community engagement strategies to optimize health and wellness. He oversees NYRR’s robust community investment portfolio that invests in and partners with other nonprofits like The Trust for Public Land and City Parks Foundation, leads outreach to bring free youth programming to schools in NYC and across the nation, and works to maintain and expand relationships with City Hall, city, state and federal elected officials, city agencies, community boards, and local stakeholder groups throughout the five boroughs.

Before coming to NYRR, Schnall served as the Staten Island Chief of Staff for NYC Parks. In that role, he was responsible for cultivating working relationships with all of Staten Island's elected officials, community boards, civic associations, and many other organizations, clubs, and school-based entities. He worked to secure capital improvements for Staten Island's parkland, and to enhance the park user experience with improved access to recreational amenities.

During his time with NYC Parks, Schnall's work was focused on seeking greater volunteer involvement, improving staff access to better technology, providing better, faster customer service, and improving targeted outreach to park user communities for increased involvement in local parks.

Schnall started his career in New York City government in 2002 with the NYC Council working as a Legislative Financial Analyst for the Finance Division and then running the City Hall legislative office of an NYC Council Member. Schnall served for many years as an adjunct professor of political science at Pace University in Manhattan. In addition, he continues to volunteer and donate his graphic design skills to local community groups, nonprofit organizations, and running events, with a fondness for logo and T-shirt design.

Schnall completed the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon, and he runs locally with the Staten Island Athletic Club. He holds a BA from Binghamton University, where he double-majored in political science and philosophy, politics, and law. He earned a JD from Brooklyn Law School. He lives in Staten Island with his wife and two daughters, who enjoy running, bike riding, and flying kites in "the borough of parks."

Chris Weiller

SVP, Media, Public Relations & Professional Athletics

Chris Weiller joined New York Road Runners in October 2013 as vice president of media and public relations and later added the responsibility of overseeing the organization’s efforts in professional athletics. In 2016, Weiller was promoted to senior vice president of media, public relations, and professional athletics. He leads a team that handles the organization’s media and public relations efforts for events and mission-focused initiatives as well as NYRR’s recruitment of professional athletes for races including the TCS New York City Marathon, United Airlines NYC Half, New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, NYRR New York Mini 10K, and more. Weiller also plays a key role in the production of NYRR’s television broadcasts, manages the organization’s celebrity relationships, and directs other special projects. As NYRR grows and supports the sport and activity of running in NYC and beyond, Weiller is an important figure in presenting the organization and its important work to the world.

Weiller brings years of sports and communications experience to NYRR, having worked for nearly three decades at the intersection of athletics and culture with the goal of making a positive difference in communities. He joined NYRR from UNICEF, the world-renowned children’s humanitarian organization, where he activated strategic partnerships with sports organizations and athletes that helped elevate the lives of children around the globe. Prior to moving into the mission-focused non-profit sector, Weiller held senior marketing and communications positions with the National Basketball Association, Charlotte Bobcats, Chip Ganassi Racing, New York Knicks, and Madison Square Garden.

Weiller is a graduate of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, where he also played football. He is a born-and-raised New Yorker and currently lives in Northern Westchester with his family.

Board of Directors

It is through the dedication of a few that we are able to touch so many. A special thanks to our board, led by George Hirsch (left), for the commitment, passion, and vision that each member gives. Together, we are making a visible difference in the health and well-being of our community. Bios of our board members can be found on this page

Emeriti: Vince Chiappetta, Norman Goluskin, Nina Kuscsik, Carl C. Landegger, Bryant McBride, Arno Niemand, Elizabeth Phillips, Peter Roth

Priscilla Almodovar
Anne Beane Rudman
Mark Bilsky
Michael Capiraso
Stacy Creamer
Christopher Foster
Michael Frankfurt
Thomas G. Labrecque Jr.
Jason Gorevic
George Hirsch
Jed Laskowitz
Cathy Lasry
Mark Levenfus
Nnenna Lynch
Nnamdi Okike
John Roberts
Amber Sabathia
Cidra Sebastien
Danielle Sered
Judy Turchin
Juan Uro
Alice Vilma
David Weil
Julie Wood

Advisory Council

Established in 2015, the New York Runners Advisory Council was created in an effort to help advance the organization's mission to help and inspire people through running. The council is composed of leaders from various professions and geographic locations, brought together through the running community. They provide insight, advice and support to NYRR's leadership.

Some members are true champions with Olympic gold medals and world records; others are writers, actors, chefs, and academics who love sport, have run the New York City Marathon, and believe that we can empower people through running.

Jesse ltzler
Entrepreneur, author, endurance athlete, founder of The 100 Mile Group, 12-time New York City Marathon participant
Adam Silver
Commissioner of the NBA, participant in NBA Relay at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon, two-time New York City Marathon participant
Billy Webster
Former appointments secretary to President Bill Clinton, business executive
Malcolm Gladwell
Writer and speaker, NYRR race participant in varying distances
Ezekiel "Zeke" Emanuel
Oncologist, provost of the University of Pennsylvania, NYC Half participant
Haile Gebrselassie
Olympic Gold Medalist, New York City Marathon participant, NYRR Hall of Fame inductee
Natarajan Chandrasekaran
Chairman of Tata Sons, four-time New York City Marathon participant
Joan Benoit Samuelson
Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist, U.S. running legend, New York City Marathon participant, NYRR Hall of Fame inductee
Mark Bittman
Food journalist, author, former columnist for The New York Times, five-time New York City Marathon participant
Former captain of Real Madrid, led the club to numerous championships, and club’s former leading scorer, one-time TCS New York City Marathon finisher
Cathy Lasry
Philanthropist, co-founder of NYRR Youth Running Series, four-time New York City Marathon participant
Spike Lee
Film director, producer, writer, actor, Grand Marshal of the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon
Edward Norton
Actor, Crowdrise founder, New York City Marathon participant.
Paula Radcliffe
Marathon world record holder, British running legend, four-time New York City Marathon participant, NYRR Hall of Fame inductee
Bill Rodgers
Four-time winner of the New York City and Boston Marathons, U.S. running legend, NYRR Hall of Fame inductee
Al Roker
TV personality, New York City Marathon participant
Marcus Samuelsson
Renowned chef, two-time New York City Marathon participant
Frank Shorter
Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist, U.S. running legend, New York City Marathon participant, NYRR Hall of Fame inductee
German Silva
Olympian, two-time New York City Marathon winner, 14-time New York City Marathon participant, NYRR Hall of Fame inductee
Paul Tergat
Former marathon, track, and cross country world record holder, Kenyan running legend, three-time New York City Marathon participant, NYRR Hall of Fame inductee
Caroline Wozniacki
Professional tennis player, 2014 New York City Marathon participant

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