Roy M. Goodman served as a senator in the New York state legislature from 1967 to 2002, representing the twenty-sixth district of Manhattan, where he served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Development for nine years. He was appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2002 to serve as president of the United Nations Development Corporation, a public agency overseeing building projects at the United Nations complex. Goodman received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1951 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1953. Early in his career, Goodman served as New York City’s director of finance during the administration of John V. Lindsey. He has been active in philanthropic and arts organizations including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic Society, and the National Council on the Arts, and is president of the Goodman Family Foundation. He was also honored as a Fellow for Life by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.