Gretchen Dykstra

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Gretchen Dykstra (born NY August 22, 1948) was the founding President and CEO of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum Foundation,[1] Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs under Mayor Bloomberg[2], and the founding president of the Times Square Business Improvement District (now the Alliance) throughout the 90s.[3] Trained as a teacher, Dykstra worked at the Rockefeller Foundation, the NYC Charter Revision Commission, and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.[4] She taught English in Wuhan, China from 1979-1981.

Dykstra currently writes full-time. Her first book, Pinery Boys: Songs and Songcatching in the Lumberjack Era, (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017) was a team effort with James P. Leary, pre-eminent folklorist, to re-issue the classic Songs and Ballads of the Shanty Boy (Harvard, 1926), written by her grandfather, Franz Rickaby.[5] It includes new material, an introduction by Leary, and a biography written by Dykstra. Her book Civic Pioneers: Local Stories of a Changing America, 1895-1915, will be released in the spring of 2019.

  1. ^ Robin Pogrebin, Leader of Times Sq. Revival to Head Ground Zero Agency,” The New York Times (8 April 2005)
  2. ^ Lynda Richardson, “You Can Go Home Again (In a New York Minute), The New York Times (12 March 2002)
  3. ^ Doug Steward, “Times Square Reborn,” Smithsonian 26:1 (Feb 1998) p. 34
  4. ^ 75 Most Influential Women: The Advocates,” Crain’s New York Business (25 March 1996)
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