Robert Hammond Co-Founder, Friends of the Highline

Robert Hammond is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, a nonprofit he started with Joshua David in 1999. Since opening in 2009, the High Line has become one of the City’s most popular destinations, welcoming over 6 million visitors in 2014. Robert began meditating in 2008, and has been teaching meditation since 2014. Before the High Line, Hammond helped launch several start-up businesses and worked as a consultant for a variety of organizations. Accolades include: Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome (2010); an honorary doctorate from the New School (2012); and jointly with David, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal (2010) and the Vincent Scully Prize (2013). He was a featured speaker at TED (2010). Hammond is a self-taught artist and was an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2001-2005). He is also a co-producer of A Matter of Death and Life, a film about cities through the lens of Jane Jacobs