Leader of New York Restoration Project Named Next PHS President « The Philadelphia Flower Show Blog:
Drew Becher, Executive Director of New York Restoration Project (NYRP), who has spearheaded New York City’s renowned MillionTreesNYC greening initiative, will become the 36th president of the venerable Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS).
Becher will succeed Jane G. Pepper, PHS leader since 1981, who raised the stature of the Flower Show internationally and guided Philadelphia Green into a national model for urban revitalization.
NYRP was founded by entertainer and environmentalist Bette Midler in 1995. Becher has led the non-profit NYRP since 2006, and during his tenure has been a respected leader in the city’s greening and beautification initiatives.
In 2007, Becher and NYRP partnered with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to launch MillionTreesNYC, which has led to the planting of more than 310,000 trees in New York City’s five boroughs to date. Becher is also responsible for raising millions in revenue for capital projects; revamping NYRP’s environmental educational programs for more than 10,000 children in underserved communities; and expanding the organization’s programs for community gardeners and volunteers.