May 17, 2022

Evan Chesler Named New Chairman of the New York Public Library Board of Trustees

From NYPL’s Announcement:

The Board of Trustees of The New York Public Library announced that, effective today, renowned attorney Evan R. Chesler will succeed Neil L. Rudenstine as its next chairman.

Chesler, a Bronx native and chair of prominent law firm Cravath, Swaine, & Moore LLP, has been a member of the Library’s Board of Trustees since November 2009, most recently serving as both Vice Chairman and Executive Committee Chairman. His appointment was announced at today’s Board of Trustees meeting.


Chesler, 65, handles a variety of litigation for his firm, and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation, and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute. He is also the President of the Dwight Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration, the oldest nonpartisan organization in the United States devoted to the education of the judiciary.

Trustee Abby Milstein, an attorney and founding partner of firm Constantine Cannon, was named Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board’s Executive Committee. Milstein has held numerous key leadership positions in her 17-year tenure, and has been a longtime supporter and advocate. She co-chaired a New York State Commission on Library Services. She chairs the board of the New York Legal Assistance Group, and is co-chair of the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation, among other positions. She is a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School, where she serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board and on the University Visiting Committees to the Law School and the University Libraries.


The Board of Trustees also added a new member to its ranks at its Nov. 18 meeting – Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito appointed longtime NYPL supporter Carey Maloney, a partner at Manhattan architecture and interior design firm M (Group), and board treasurer of the MAC AIDS Fund. Maloney joins Leigh Miller, appointed earlier this year by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, as key ex-officio members of the board.

Maloney has been active with the Library since 1984, when he began volunteering as an adult literacy teacher at the St. Agnes branch. He and his husband Hermes Mallea, Maloney founded the Young Friends of The New York Public Library, launched and chaired the first Family Party at the Library in 2001 and, in 2008, created the LGBT Initiative at the Library. Since its inception, LGBT@NYPL has raised over $2.5 million and the department has mounted two major exhibitions (“1969: The Year of Gay Liberation” and “Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism”), hosted countless programs (including the Anti Prom for teens), and processed the entire collection.

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