Brendan Sexton has more than 25 years of high-level program operation, government and corporate experience. He began his career counseling young people with drug and related problems, founding Encounter, Inc. in downtown Manhattan. From there he moved to be Director of Program Evaluation for the NYC Addiction Services Agency. During 20 years with the City, he moved from the Office of Management and Budget to become Director of Operations for Mayor Koch, evaluating service delivery and program effectiveness.
Sexton was appointed Commissioner of Sanitation from 1986 to 1990, where he was responsible for establishing the first recycling program in a major American city, and hired the first women uniformed sanitation workers in the history of the department. He has since had several high-level pro bono positions with government, including the Environmental Advisory Committee for NYC’s 2012 Olympic proposal; the Blue Ribbon Commission on Sustainability for the MTA, and for ten years was Chair of the City’s Procurement Policy Board, which helped coordinate the most ambitious green procurement policy of any U.S. municipality.
After leaving the government, Brendan was VP-Corporate Community and Government Affairs for the Rockefeller Group, Inc. He was charged with maintaining the long history of active corporate citizenship, philanthropy, and community leadership on behalf of the company and the company Chair, David Rockefeller. Later, Brendan was recruited to be President of the Municipal Art Society, New York’s oldest and most influential civic group emphasizing urbanism, planning and preservation in creating a livable city. At MAS, he launched an aggressive fundraising effort and reversed an operating deficit to a surplus and expanded the endowment while also expanding programs.
In 1997, he became President of the Times Square Business Improvement District charged with revitalizing, beautifying and marketing the world famous district. While at Times Square he had the privilege of producing many major events, including Times Square 2000, the 24-hour millennial New Years Eve event seen around the world by more viewers on more channels and stations than any live event ever on television. In 2003, he joined The Sexton Company as its President.
He is a graduate of New York University (summa cum laude); he was a Clinical Professor at its Wagner Graduate School of Public Service from 1990 to 1991. He is on the boards of The National Lighthouse Museum (Treasurer), the Municipal Art Society, Energy Vision (Treasurer), The Park Avenue Armory Conservancy, and the Landmarks Preservation Foundation (Treasurer).