Who We Are

2024 Board of Directors

Jeff Crumpton


Jeff Crumpton joined the Conservancy board in 2020 but has been a supporter and advocate for Washington Park since he and his partner Andy relocated from North Carolina in 2011.  Jeff is Vice President of the Hudson Park Neighborhood Association, and the neighborhood’s proximity to Washington Park was a chief factor in choosing where to purchase their home in Albany.  He has a keen interest in history, architecture, and supporting our local neighborhoods.  Professionally, he works for SPINS, a Market Research firm based in Chicago, which is focused on Health & Wellness consumers and products within the retail product industry.

Allison Newman

Vice President

Allison Newman joined the Board of the Washington Park Conservancy in 2023. She and her partner David moved to State Street in the Washington Park Neighborhood in 2019.  They and their two dogs have grown to love the Park in all of its seasons. In her professional career, Allison has held senior leadership positions in strategic communications and external relations at the State University of New York and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is an active member of the board of the Approach & Beyond Foundation, and a past member of the board of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Unity House, Planned Parenthood and the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Michaela Roberts


Michaela Roberts is originally from Ulster County and has lived in Albany since 2016. She works as a Parks Project Associate at the Open Space Institute in Albany, where she provides planning, design, and oversight functions related to park, trail, interpretive, and open space capital improvement projects throughout the Hudson Valley and Adirondacks. Michaela previously worked as a senior planner for Albany County. She holds a Master of Regional Planning degree from SUNY Albany and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College in Environmental Studies and Public Policy. Michaela also serves as a board member for the Capital District Planners Association as the Professional Development Officer. She lived on State Street across from the park for over two years and recently became a first-time home owner in Albany’s Helderberg neighborhood. She regularly enjoys picnicking and taking jogs in Washington Park during the warmer months.

Douglas Ebersman, CPA


Doug Ebersman has served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors since 2014. He is a Certified Public Accountant who has operated his own small firm in Albany since 1997.  He is also active in several other charitable organizations. He lives in Albany’s Center Square neighborhood  with his wife and daughter.


Jeff Crumpton, President
Allison Newman, Vice President
Michaela  Roberts, Secretary
Douglas Ebersman, CPA, Treasurer


Alicia Artessa
Richard Conti
Daniel McEneny
Ta-Sean Murdock
Heather Nowicki
Sarah Read
Stacey Stump


Jonathan Jones, Commissioner, Dept of Recreation
Jay Lavigne, City Forester
Jessica Morgan, Parks Division Supervisor
Sergio Panunzio, Commissioner, Department of General Services