Tom Fox has designed and implemented numerous park and waterfront projects and programs in the non-profit, public and private sectors over the past 35 years. As a founder of New York Water Taxi, Tom introduced small-scale intra-city waterborne transportation to the New York Harbor. As President and CEO from 2001 to 2011, Tom lead the rapid growth of the company building and operating 12 vessels from 15 docking locations, acquiring Circle Line Downtown, and creating unique waterfront destinations by establishing three urban “beaches”.
As President of Tom Fox & Associates, an environmental consulting firm, Mr. Fox advises on select urban park, waterfront and development projects. TF&A spearheaded the Park Renaissance Campaign for Mayor Willie Brown. This two-year initiative restructured the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and generated $300M in new park funding through the passage of a bond act and the extension of a real estate transfer-tax.
Mr. Fox was a gubernatorial appointee to the West Side Task Force and the West Side Waterfront Panel where he played a leadership role in shaping the future of Manhattan’s West Side waterfront. As the first President of the Hudson River Park Conservancy, he established a unique City/State Authority; secured $200 million for park construction; engaged the adjacent communities in the completion of the Concept and Financial Plan for the 4.5-mile park; and initiated innovative projects including the $100 million Chelsea Piers renovation.
As Founder and Executive Director of the Neighborhood Open Space Coalition, he created a citywide partnership of over 110 park, recreation, civic, environmental, and community organizations. Tom spearheaded the establishment New York City's first comprehensive open space policy and played a lead role in passage of New York State's 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act. He directed the design of the award-winning 40-mile Brooklyn/Queens Greenway and was a founding co-chair of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition.
A former National Park Service ranger and original member of the Green Guerillas, Tom is an author and photographer. He has received numerous appointments and awards and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association, Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center and as an honorary director of InterFerry, the international ferry owners association.
Mr. Fox received a BS in Biology from Brooklyn College and a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Tom was Honorable Discharged from the United States Navy, where he was a Gunners Mate Third Class and served two tours in Vietnam (1966-1968).
Awards and Recognition
- Conservation Achievement Award (Hudson River Estuarine Sanctuary), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 2017
- Mediterranean Award for the Environment, Fondazione Mediterraneo, Naples, Italy, 2013
- US Merchant Marine Outstanding Achievement Medal (Rescue of Flight 1549), 2009
- Certificate of Appreciation, New York City, Office of the Mayor, 2000
- Finalist, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, 1991
- Merit Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, 1990
- Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, 1989
- President’s Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter, 1989
- Grassroots Activist Award, New York City Audubon Society, 1989
- Mayoral Appointee, Executive Committee, NYC Open Space Task Force, 1982-1987