For over 25 years, the Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) has partnered with the City, local communities and our generous supporters to transform Randall’s Island Park into an innovative and exciting destination for sports, recreation, environmental exploration and cultural events. Thanks to the generous support of our trustees, business and community partners we have been able to restore 330 acres of parkland, including critically needed playing fields and world-class athletic facilities, for the use and enjoyment of all New Yorkers – especially our youth.

As we gather to celebrate RIPA’s many accomplishments, we could not be more proud to honor Rick Parisi for his outstanding contributions to urban landscape design and providing New York City’s children with a safe and beautiful place to play.


Ziegfeld Ballroom
141 West 54th Street
New York City


Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Cocktails begin at 6:30 pm
dinner to follow at 7:30 pm


Cocktail Attire



Rick A. Parisi, RLA, FASLA, CLARB, is the Managing Principal of MPFP, an internationally renowned landscape architecture and urban design firm that is recognized as one of the foremost pioneers exploring the social and physical dynamics that shape our urban spaces and global landscapes. Under Mr. Parisi’s leadership, the firm plays an instrumental role in challenging traditional perceptions of spatial design in the urban, institutional, healthcare, workplace, playground and residential environments.

The Randall’s Island Master Plan and Icahn Stadium Track and Field Center have been considered the most rewarding public private partnership projects in Rick’s career. In addition he was the lead designer and Team leader for the Randall’s Island Field Development Project – one of the most ambitious field production projects ever undertaken in the United States. The team was able to develop over 65 playing fields – comprising the largest complex of playing fields in the city and over half of all the premier fields in Manhattan.

Rick’s award-winning landscapes throughout the world facilitate discovery, illuminate natural phenomena and enhance social relationships. He designs urban experiences that are grounded in sharing spaces, and are engaging and appreciated by adults and children alike. He brings this philosophy and passionate creativity to each endeavor, demonstrating a commitment to progressive, well-informed and aesthetically functional design.

During Rick’s 30 year career, he has designed and managed many notable projects in the US and around the world including Battery Park City World Financial Center, The USTA at Flushing Meadows, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, The Yards in Washington DC, The Cyber City Hub in Gurgaon India and several projects in Japan, Israel and India.

Rick and his wife Margaret Kittinger, a partner at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects reside in Old Greenwich, CT. His son, Andre, is a student at the University of Vermont.



Abby Wambach is the all-time leading scorer in international soccer history with 184 career goals. She was the United States’ leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. (She missed Beijing 2008 due to a broken leg.)

Her ability to wear down defenses with her physical play, aerial game and hard running has long been a key to the USA’s success. After winning the Women’s World Cup in 2015, Wambach retired as one of the most dominant players in the history of women’s soccer. A true leader on and off the field, Wambach is dedicating the next chapter of her career to fighting for equality and inclusion across industries.



Sunil Gulati
As the Michael Dakolias senior lecturer in the economics department at Columbia University, Gulati balances his academic work with numerous responsibilities within the sport of soccer worldwide. He served on the Columbia Economics Faculty from 1986 to 1990 before joining the World Bank through its Young Professionals Program in 1991 and serving as a country economist for the emerging country of Moldova. He rejoined the Columbia faculty on a full time basis in 2003.

Elected U.S. Soccer President in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014, Sunil Gulati has more than 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States and has helped the sport rise to new heights. The native of Allahabad, India, has played an important role in the development of U.S. Soccer since the early 1980’s and has been intimately involved in the rise of the U.S. National Teams to prominence.

Gulati served on the bid committee for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and Chairs the U.S. bid efforts for the 2026 World Cup. Additionally, Gulati served on the Board of Directors of FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 1999 and 2003. Gulati is a member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Soccer Foundation and serves on the FIFA and CONCACAF Councils.

Gulati serves on the Board of Trustees of Bucknell University and the Randall’s Island Park Alliance.

Gulati, 58, and his wife, Marcela, have one son, Emilio, and one daughter, Sofia. They live in New York City.



Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is CNBC’s chief international correspondent and co-anchor of “Power Lunch,” which airs Monday through Friday from 1 to 3pm ET.

In 2016, she reported live from Iran on the state of the economy and potential investment opportunities in the country, despite continuing U.S. sanctions. Caruso-Cabrera also traveled to Brazil to cover the effect of the Car Wash scandal on Petrobras.

Latin America is a large focus of her coverage as trade has become a key election issue, particularly when it comes to Mexico. Previously, Caruso-Cabrera has done extensive reporting on Mexico’s efforts to modernize PEMEX and has interviewed dozens of Mexican business executives, CEOs and government officials. She also covered Venezuela during the PDVSA strike.

Additionally, she has reported from Cuba more than half a dozen times as relations between the U.S. and Cuba have thawed.

Since 2010, she has covered the European financial crisis, reporting live from Athens, Rome, Frankfurt, Madrid, Brussels, Luxembourg and Cyprus. In the summer of 2015, she spent a full month in Greece.

Caruso-Cabrera joined CNBC in 1998 from WTSP-TV in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she spent four years as a general assignment reporter covering crime and hurricanes. Prior to that, she was a special projects producer for Univision where she gained experience covering Latin America. She began her career in 1990 while in college, as a stringer for The New York Times, reporting for the education section.

Caruso-Cabrera has reported one-hour documentaries for the network, including “Liquid Assets: The Big Business of Water” and “The Race to Rebuild: America’s Infrastructure.”

Caruso-Cabrera wrote her first book, “You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government,” in 2010. Previously, she wrote a personal finance column for Shape en Español and People en Español.

She has also been awarded Broadcaster of the Year from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in the country by Hispanic Business Magazine.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wellesley College.