Executive Staff

James Mettham
Executive Director

James Mettham became the BID’s Executive Director in March 2019. He most recently served as Managing Director of Finance & Operations at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership where he oversaw the operations and finances of the central business district’s local development corporation and three BIDs. Prior, James served as Assistant Commissioner for the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Neighborhood Development Division, and as SBS’s Executive Director of the Business Improvement District Program where he provided oversight and support to the city’s network of BIDs including the coordination of more than $120 million in annual assessment funds to them. James holds a Master of Urban Planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh.

Kurt Cavanaugh
Deputy Director

Kurt Cavanaugh joined the BID in December 2016 as Deputy Director. He most recently served as Executive Director of Charleston Moves, an advocacy organization with a mission to transform Charleston, SC into a safe, enjoyable place to walk and ride a bike. Prior to Charleston Moves, Kurt was Deputy Director of the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), a park conservancy responsible for maintaining and enhancing North Brooklyn’s 100-plus parks and green spaces. Kurt’s experience includes extensive work with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, NYC Department of Transportation, and NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. Kurt has a BS in Business & Sport Management from Guilford College and an MS in Urban Design & Park Management from the University of North Carolina.

Scott Kimmins
Director of Operations

Scott Kimmins began as the BID's Director of Operations in October of 2006. He spent 20 years with the New York Police Department in the 13th Precinct, which serves the Flatiron District. During his final years with the NYPD, he served as a Community Affairs officer, dealing extensively with local community groups and elected officials. As Director of Operations, Scott is responsible for the day-to-day management of the BID's sanitation, public safety, and homeless outreach programs, and works on a number of quality-of-life initiatives in the district. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Adelphi University.

Megan Garcia
Marketing & Community Engagement Director

Megan Garcia became the BID’s Marketing & Community Engagement Director in February 2017 and brings marketing experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. A California native, she made New York City her home in 2013, joining the CBS Altitude Group at CBS Radio as a Marketing Strategist. While there, she created integrated content campaigns for hundreds of brands, big and small. Prior to her time at CBS, she fell in love with the BID life as the Marketing Manager for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP). At the DSP, Megan established the organization's web and social media presence, increased attendance at signature events, and advocated for a new entertainment & sports complex, which ultimately opened in 2016. Megan graduated with a BA in Communications from the University of California, Davis. She is also an alumna of the Coro New York Neighborhood Leadership Program, 2018 Cohort.  

Kimberly Lynch
Research & Marketing Associate

Kimberly Lynch began as a BID Program Intern in May 2017, returned as an intern in February 2018, and was hired as a full-time Research & Marketing Associate in June 2018. Kimberly graduated with a BA in Political Science from Providence College and earned her Master in Public Administration from Baruch College. Kimberly is a native New Yorker who has worked for local politicians and nonprofits, both within the U.S. and abroad. She is passionate about community development, educational equality, and urban sustainability. 

Sabrina McFarland
Part-time Staff Writer 

Sabrina McFarland began as a BID newsletter volunteer in August 2011 and was hired as a part-time staff writer in March 2012. A native New Yorker and an award-winning digital and print content creator at leading media brands such as PEOPLE magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and Time Inc. Books, Sabrina earned a BA in psychology from The City College of New York (CUNY) and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism.

Clean Team

Adel "Benny" Ben-Brika

Clean Team Supervisor

Adel ”Benny Ben-Brika

Moussa Diouf

Assistant Clean Team Supervisor

Clean Team Members

Ghulam Bhuiyan
Anthony Carter
Corey Caufield
Mohamed Ceesay
Sering Ceesay
Ali Diallo
Gora Diaw
Carlos Fernandez
Cesar Fernandez
Souleyman Guitti
Lamin Jarju
Wilson Jimenez
Marcos Martillo
Jose Martinez
Matar Ndiaye
Pedro Nieto
Jose Pacheco
Ernesto Perez
Jose Rodriquez
Oussmane Sarr
Gora Thiam
Public Safety Team

Sergio Gonzalez

Public Safety Supervisor

Sergio Gonzalez

Michel Melendez

Public Safety Supervisor

Public Safety Supervisor

Public Safety Officers

Douglas Alston
Alexander George (part-time)
Gerald Geffrard
Alexis Juarez
Samuel Ortiz, Sr.
Emre Zileoglu
Board Members

Class A:
Property Owners

Gregg Schenker, Chairman
ABS Partners Real Estate

Michael Cohen, Vice Chair

Colliers International

James Buslik, Treasurer
Adams & Company Real Estate

Jason Vacker, Assistant Treasurer

Meringoff Properties

Nicholas Athanail, Secretary
The Stanford Condominium

Evan Altman
The NoMad Hotel

Thomas Cook
ATCO Properties & Management, Inc.

Jim Dill
Housing & Services, Inc.

Gail Duke
New York Life Insurance Co.

Kristi Forbes

Rudin Management/FortyOne Madison

Marc Glosserman
225 Fifth Avenue

Grant Greenspan / Michael Kaufman
Kaufman Organization

Paul Januszewski
Rockrose Development Corp.

Leslie Spira Lopez
Kew Management

Jane Gural Senders
GFP Real Estate, LLC

Jed Walentas / Daniel Conlon
Two Trees Management Company

Peter Weiss

Walter & Samuels, Inc.

Robert McClary
L&L Holding Company

Class B:
Commercial Tenants

Lois Eida
Lois Lane Travel

Bob Hayes
The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.

Frederick Locker
Locker Greenberg & Brainin, LLP

Alec O'Doherty
Tiffany & Co.

Leanne Shear
Uplift Studios

Mickey Slevin / Lizzie Livingston
General Assembly

Kevin Garry
Shake Shack

Class C:
Residential Tenants

Joseph B. Rose
Residential tenant

Class D:
Public Representatives

Honorable Bill de Blasio
Mayor of the City of New York (represented by NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop)

Honorable Scott M. Stringer
Comptroller of the City of New York

Honorable Gale Brewer
President of the Borough of Manhattan

Honorable Corey Johnson
Speaker of the New York City Council

Class E:
Community Boards and Non-Profit Organizations

Community Board 4
Burt Lazarin, Chair

Community Board 5
Vikki Barbero, Chair

Community Board 6
Molly Hollister, Chair

Baruch College
Katharine Cobb