Dart Westphal

Adjunct, Sociology

Dart Westphal has worked for the community development of the Bronx for over 35 years. Most of that time as President/Chief Executive Officer of Mosholu Preservation Corporation (MPC), a support corporation of Montefiore Medical Center. In all of that time he has been committed to better connecting local communities with the larger institutions around them. He has served organizations such as the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, the Jerome Park Conservancy, the Bronx River Alliance and the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park. At MPC He developed new funding methods for supportive housing, created a Business Improvement District and started a nonprofit newspaper.

Dart also served in positions with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and the South Bronx Open Space Task Force. Dart is currently a consultant with the Support Center for Nonprofit Management where he has collaborated on the Trajectory Leadership Project, works to increase the capacity of organizations and their boards and works as an Interim Executive Director. He has served as an Interim ED at Added Value (the Red Hook Farm) in Brooklyn, New York Harm Reduction Educators, Seamens' Society for Children and Families (a foster care agency) and Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation.

Dart holds an M.A. in Anthropology from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and a BSFS in Diplomatic History from Georgetown University. He has taught as an adjuct insructor at Lehman College and as a Task Supervisor was an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Columbia School of Social Work.

He is married to the fabulous Ellen Pollan, the proud father of Andrew and Gregory and the effusively happy grandfather of Riley, Harper and Samuel.


M.A. Anthropolgy, Catholic University of America

BSFS History, Georgetown University

Courses Taught


URB303 Urban Planning

URB302 Sustainable Cities

URB301 Special Topics in Urban Affairs - Urban Rural Political Conflict 

URBN 401/Environmental Studies 490/Peace Studies 401 (Senior Seminar for Interdisciplinary Majors

COMM 400 Political Communication


  • EVST 301: Special Topics in Environmental Studies
  • EVST 399: Independent Study in Environmental Studies
  • EVST 399: Independent Study in Environmental Studies
  • EVST 400: Field Project in Environmental Studies
  • EVST 490: Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies
  • SOC 334: Sustainable Development
  • URBN 302: Sustainable Cities
  • URBN 401: Senior Seminar in Urban Studies
  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Dart Westphal currently serves on the Boards of Directors of The Bronx Council for Environmental Quality (Past President), The Bartow-Pell Conservancy, The Bronx Is BLOOMing, The Riverdale Nature Preservancy and West Harlem Environmental Action.

    Previous service has included: The Bronx River Alliance (Founder and Past President), The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, Harlem River Working Group. Metro NY Synod Council Lutheran Church in America, Bronx Greenway Planning Committee 1993 and 2007 (Chair), EARS Mediation Center.

    Co-Founded the Bronx Parks Speak-Up and The Tour de Bronx.


  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    Honoree: Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, BronxWorks (formerly the Citizens' Advice Bureau), Bronx River Alliance, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park.