RANDALL’S ISLAND PARK ALLIANCE
As we gather to celebrate the Randall’s Island Park Alliance’s 25th Anniversary, we could not be more proud to honor Richard and Christine Mack for their outstanding commitment to providing New Yorkers with a big, beautiful backyard at Randall’s Island Park. The devoted parents of three growing sons, the Macks understand the importance of fresh air and exercise to children’s development – and find these in abundance at Randall’s Island Park. Through their generous support of RIPA and many other child-centered charities, Richard and Chris make it possible for all of our city’s children to grow healthy and strong.
Whether running, cycling or off-piste skiing, it is hard to keep up with Richard Mack, the Founder and CEO of Mack Real Estate Group and CEO of Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies, L.P. His passion for sport and staying fit is only surpassed by his devotion to family as a loving husband, dad, son, brother and friend.
Previously, Richard served as CEO of North America and Managing Partner of AREA Property Partners, a Global Real Estate Private Equity firm, and was a cofounder of Apollo Real Estate Advisors, LP in 1993. He was a member of the Real Estate Investment Banking Department at Shearson Lehman Hutton.
With three generations of real estate in his blood, Richard is dedicated to building a better and more resilient future for New York City – and especially for our children.
Currently, in addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Richard serves as the Co-Chair of the Housing Advisory Board at the Robin Hood Foundation of New York and the Chairman of the Real Estate Division of UJA Federation of New York. He is also President Emeritus of the non-profit HES Community Center, Vice President and Board Member of the 92nd Street Y, and a Board Member of the Wharton School of Business Undergraduate Advisory Board at the University of Pennsylvania and the Child Mind Institute.
Richard graduated from the Wharton School of Business with a B.S. in Economics and from the Columbia University School of Law with a J.D.
Christine Mack is a citizen of the world and New Yorker by choice. Born in the Philippines, she moved to Sweden at the age of 7. Chris was an international model for 10 years before moving to New York to attend Parsons School of Design for a degree in Graphic Design and Advertising.
After working at Hearst Publications as a graphic designer, Chris started her own design firm. Recently, she launched an accessory line called Creel-Mack, where she is in the process of expanding the lifestyle brand.
As at home on sports fields as she is at an opening for a new or emerging artist, Chris considers herself a true soccer mom; she spends most days watching her sons Harrison, Dylan and Tucker play sports at Randall’s Island Park. Her love of family, sport and New York City extends far beyond her own children.
In addition to her active involvement with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Chris is a board member of the Child Mind Institute, The World Childhood Foundation, React to Film and the Israel Lacrosse Team, and on the advisory board of the Dubin Breast Center. She is also actively involved with New Yorkers for Children, the Friends of the Israel Museum, and the Hassenfeldt Center, and is parent advocate for The Partnership for Drugfree Kids. She was the dinner chair at the Guggenheim for the Swedish Royal Academy of Music last year, as well as the World Childhood Foundation Gala hosted by the Swedish Queen. She co-chaired the New Yorkers for Children Gala three years in a row, and the Friends of the Israel Museum two years in a row.
Former New York Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira is a three-time Major League Baseball All-Star and World Series Champion. He made his Major League debut in 2003 with the Texas Rangers, and also played for the Atlanta Braves and Anaheim Angels before joining the Yankees after the 2008 season. In 2016 Mark retired from Major League Baseball after becoming the fifth switch hitter in history to hit 400 career home runs.
As a treasured New York athlete, Mark has been a model for our city’s youth to always work hard and do their very best. He has brought his great passion and success on the field to local neighborhoods, fostering sports and educational opportunities for the children of East Harlem and the South Bronx. Many of these children play at Randall’s Island Park, and attend RIPA’s free summer camp.
As a member of Harlem RBI’s Board of Directors, Mark played an integral role in helping to raise the funds necessary to build a state-of-the-art facility for Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School. The project also revitalized a public park and created affordable housing for the community. He remains deeply connected to his alma maters, Mount St. Joseph’s High School, in Baltimore, where he established the Nick Liberatore Memorial Scholarship, and Georgia Tech, where he has endowed the Mark C. Teixeira Athletic Scholarship Fund.
Mark and his wife Leigh have three children, sons Jack Gordon and William Charles, and daughter Addison Leigh.