Guild Hall: New Board Leaders Are Named

As chairman, Mickey Straus oversaw the renovation of the museum, theater, education center, and administration offices and led the capital campaign to finance that work
Guild Hall elected a new board chairman, Marty Cohen.

    Martin (Marty) Cohen was elected the chairman of Guild Hall’s board of directors and Alec Baldwin elected president at the annual meeting of the board at the residence of Mickey Straus, who stepped down as chairman this year. He held that office for 18 years.
    At the meeting, where he officially retired, Mr. Straus was presented with a painting of Guild Hall commissioned by the staff from Michelle Murphy Strada. As chairman he oversaw the renovation of the museum, theater, education center, and administration offices and led the capital campaign to finance that work.
    Mr. Cohen is co-chairman and co-chief executive officer of Cohen & Steers, a global investment manager on the New York Stock Exchange. He studied biochemistry at City College and worked in medical research after graduation. He attended New York University’s business school, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1976. He has worked in the financial world since then, for companies such as Citibank and for his own firm, established in 1986.
    He has been on Guild Hall’s board for 10 years. Mr. Cohen is also chairman of the board of the City College 21st Century Foundation and serves on the board of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and New York City’s Central Park Conservancy. He lives in New York City and East Hampton with his wife. They have four children.
    Mr. Baldwin has been a member of Guild Hall’s board since 2011. He is a graduate of New York University and was presented with an honorary doctorate in fine arts from N.Y.U. in 2010. His many acting credits include work in film, theater, and television. He serves on the boards of People for the American Way, the Hamptons International Film Festival, and the New York Philharmonic. He lives in New York City and Amagansett with his wife. In 2011, he gave Guild Hall $250,000.   

Guild Hall bade a fond farewell to Mickey Straus, seen with Ruth Appelhof and Michelle Murphy Strada, right, who was commissioned to paint Guild Hall for Mr. Straus as a retirement present. Barbara Jo Howard and Durell Godfrey Photos