Founding The Battery Conservancy in 1994 and serving as its President for over 20 years, Warrie has led the redesign and rebuilding of the 25-acre park at the tip of Manhattan. She spearheaded The Battery’s dramatic transformation by forging partnerships with overlapping jurisdictions of city, state and federal agencies, private sector organizations and individual donors, raising more than $126 million. Today, The Battery is nearing completion for its 6 million annual visitors.
Its vast perennial gardens, organic urban farming, and resilient storm water management set a new standard in public landscape design, while honoring the park’s history as one of the oldest public open spaces in continuous use in New York City. The Battery and its centerpiece landmark, Castle Clinton National Monument, have played pivotal roles in the history of our City and our nation. They both now serve the surrounding community, and are thriving as an integral part of Lower Manhattan’s revitalization. Warrie believes that public parks can demonstrate the importance of horticulture, agriculture, and water to the future of sustainable cities.
In addition to her role as President the Battery Conservancy, Warrie serves as New York City’s Battery Administrator and New York State’s Harbor Park Director. Previously, she was Founding Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and has championed the protection of New York waterfronts through serving on the Manhattan Borough President’s Waterfront Taskforce and on the boards of Scenic Hudson and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance.
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.