Term expired February 15, 2018; continues to hold office until she is reappointed or until a successor is appointed.
Erika Mallin has dedicated her career to New York City arts and government, including most recently as Signature Theatre’s Executive Director for 10 years. Under her leadership, Signature became one of the country’s preeminent non-profit theatre companies. Ms. Mallin successfully led Signature’s expansion to the $70 million Pershing Square Signature Center. Designed by Frank Gehry, with 75,000 square feet, the Center is the City’s largest new theatre center built in nearly 50 years. In 2014, Signature was the first New York City theatre company to win the Regional Theater Tony Award. Dedicated to making arts affordable to new and diverse audiences, Ms. Mallin piloted the City’s first ever subsidized ticket program. To date, Signature’s program has served over one million people and has become a national model. Prior to her work in arts, Ms. Mallin was a Special Assistant to the Mayor of the City of New York, where she streamlined City services and developed new public partnerships, including the Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Program, which received the “Innovations in Government” Award from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She has guest lectured and presented at Columbia, Yale, New York University, Pace University, Women in Real Estate, American Institute of Architects, Theater Communications Group and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She serves on the Board of NYC & Co. Ms. Mallin began her career as a journalist after receiving her M.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. She currently consults for arts and non-profit institutions.