Leaders and Team

At NYRR, running is a team sport: Everything that we do as an organization represents the efforts of many talented, passionate, and dedicated individuals and groups pulling together to advance our mission to help and inspire people through running. Our staff—which now includes more than 170 full-time and 65 regular part-time employees—is supported by thousands of volunteers, multiple New York City agencies, our sponsors and partners, and our board of directors.

Michael Capiraso

President and CEO

Whether he’s running with the kids who participate in our school programs or high fiving finishers after a race, Michael Capiraso exemplifies New York Road Runners’ mission to help and inspire people through running.

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Christine Burke

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Runner Products

Christine Burke is NYRR’s vice president for strategic partnerships and runner products. In this role she is responsible for partner relationships, business development, training, membership, runner services, the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub, international travel partners, race registration, and digital runner products. She joined NYRR in January 2015 as the director of runner...

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Jeff Carnevale

Vice President, Information Technology

Jeff Carnevale joined NYRR in late 2014 as the vice president of information technology. He leads IT operations, system, and software development. He leads the IT team in modernizing the IT infrastructure, continuing to build and expand our mobile applications, and fostering technology innovation.

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Linda A. Franken

Senior Vice President, Finance

Linda Franken, who joined NYRR in July 2011 as vice president of finance, brings extensive and broad-based experience in all aspects of accounting, internal controls, business management, and profit improvement initiatives. Both an MBA and a CPA, she has had  great success with start-up and re-engineering financial functions, establishing sound financial and business policy,  and...

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Bari Greenfield

Vice President, Strategy, Planning, and Organization Operations

Bari Greenfield joined NYRR in 2013. In July 2015 she became the Vice President, Strategy, Planning, and Organization Operations. In the role she serves multiple functions, including strategy formulation, business opportunity assessment and planning, growth plan execution, and project implementation, as well as critical work on the organization’s strategy, goals, new community initiatives, and...

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James Grooms

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Assistant Secretary

Grooms joined NYRR in 2014, following an 11-year tenure as VP, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Prior to that position, he held counsel roles with Standard & Poor’s and ABC Television, as well as an associate position with Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. Grooms was also an adjunct professor for several years at Cornell University’s New York...

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Jim Heim

Senior Vice President, Event Development & Production, Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon

Since joining NYRR in 2007, Jim Heim has been instrumental in the growth and development of key event properties, including the TCS New York City Marathon, the United Airlines NYC Half, and the Airbnb Brooklyn Half.


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Maria Note

Vice President, Human Resources & Office Operations

Maria Note joined New York Road Runners in May 2012 as Vice President of Human Resources; her responsibilities have grown to include overseeing Office Operations. Maria brings 20 years of experience in human resource management of dynamic, emerging companies. She leads our human resources team in ensuring that NYRR is an inspiring place to work, and her own enthusiasm for the position makes that attitude...

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Rachel Pratt

Senior Vice President, Youth & Community Services

Rachel Pratt joined NYRR as the Senior Vice President, Youth & Community Services in September 2015. She oversees all of NYRR's youth and community programs and offerings, including Rising New York Road Runners, NYRR’s free youth fitness program. Rising New York Road Runners features a research-based curriculum, customizable digital tools and resources, and free events. The program annually...

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Michael Rodgers

Vice President, Youth & Community Runner Engagement

Rodgers, who joined New York Road Runners in April 2013, serves as Vice President, Youth & Community Runner Engagement. He manages a variety of programs that offer the running community opportunities to actively support NYRR's mission to help and inspire people through running. One of the programs is NYRR's Team for Kids charity team that has more than 7,000 annual members who raise money for...

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Michael Schnall

Vice President, Government Relations & Community Investment

Michael Schnall, NYRR’s Vice President, Government Relations & Community Investment, leads efforts on establishing and strengthening community contacts and developing borough-specific community engagement strategies to optimize health and wellness. He oversees NYRR’s robust community investment portfolio that invests in and partners with other nonprofits like The Trust for Public Land and...

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Ronnie Tucker

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Digital

Veronica “Ronnie” Tucker joined NYRR in June 2012 and is responsible for building and leading the NYRR Brand Marketing and Communications department. She has a 25-year track record of integrating marketing strategy and analytics into digital content, traditional and social media, creative, and partnerships.  

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Chris Weiller

Senior Vice President, Media, Public Relations & Professional Athletics

Chris Weiller joined New York Road Runners in October 2013 as vice president of media and public relations and later added the responsibility of overseeing the organization’s efforts in professional athletics. In 2016, Weiller was promoted to senior vice president of media, public relations, and professional athletics. He leads a team that handles the organization’s media and public relations...

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