John S. Tamagni
Chair, Board of Trustees
John ("Jack") S. Tamagni lived in Summit, New Jersey, for 40 years and raised four children there. He was born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and currently resides in Brooklyn Heights. Following graduation from Dartmouth and service in the Navy, he went to work for Blyth & Co. In 1972 he joined Lazard Frères & Co as a general partner and founded their municipal department. Currently he is chair of Castleton Partners, a fixed-income asset management company. Formerly a trustee of the Overlook Hospital in Summit, an overseer of the Graduate School of the New School, and a trustee of the Citizen’s Budget Committee, he now serves as a trustee of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and is on the board of overseers of the Hood Museum at Dartmouth. Jack’s connection to the Brooklyn Museum began with childhood visits with his mother, who studied painting in the Museum's art school. He and his wife, Jan, collected American paintings of the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century. According to Jack, they were true partners in collecting, relying on a combination of Jan’s eye and Jack’s homework. He also loves classical music and regularly attends the Orchestra of St. Luke’s performances at the Museum. He has served as a Brooklyn Museum trustee since 1987.