In her capacity as president of The Battery Conservancy, an organization she founded in 1994, Warrie has built partnerships with city, state, federal agencies. Along with these partners and other board members, $122 million has been raised to rebuild the Battery’s 25 waterfront acres and revitalize its treasured landmark, the Castle Clinton National Monument. Today, the Castle and park annually host over 6 million visitors and 12 million commuters. She is also Director of New York State’s Harbor Park Heritage Area and the New York City Parks Department Administrator of the Battery.
Previously, Warrie served for two years on the Manhattan Borough President’s Waterfront Taskforce. As Chair of Manhattan’s Community Board #8, she was instrumental in creating new waterfront access along the East River and worked to renovate six community parks on the Upper East Side.
Warrie serves on the board of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and, since 1986, on the board of Scenic Hudson. Warrie was a founding director in 1983 of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, created to champion the use of native plants along public access ways and in urban landscapes.
Warrie began her career in government, working for the U.S. Foreign Service as Assistant Cultural Attaché in Santiago, Chile. She was awarded a fellowship from the Kennedy School at Harvard University where she received a Master of Public Administration in 1972. From there, she was recruited to her first job in New York City government, with the Bureau of Budget.