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
Director of Planning, Streetscape & Capital Projects 

Kurt Cavanaugh joined the BID in 2016. 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
Director of Marketing & Outreach

Megan Garcia joined the BID in 2017, bringing marketing and communications experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. A California native, she made New York City her home in 2013, working as a marketing strategist for the integrated sales group at CBS Radio. While there, she created custom 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
Senior 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 Rodriguez
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

Michael Cohen, Chairman
Colliers International

Jane Gural-Senders, Vice Chair
GFP Real Estate, LLC

Jason Vacker, Treasurer

Meringoff Properties

Nicholas Athanail, Secretary
The Stanford Condominium

James Buslik
Adams & Company Real Estate

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.

Robert McClary
L&L Holding Company

Gregg Schenker
ABS Partners Real Estate

Leslie Spira Lopez
Kew Management

Michelle Walder
The NoMad Hotel

Jed Walentas / Daniel Conlon
Two Trees Management Company

Peter Weiss

Walter & Samuels, Inc.

Class B: 
Commercial Tenants

Lois Eida
Lois Lane Travel

Bob Hayes
The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.

Frederick Locker
Rubie's Costume Co.

Alec O'Doherty
Tiffany & Co.

Leanne Shear
Uplift Studios

Mickey Slevin / Lizzie Livingston
General Assembly

Johnathan Vandegrift / Jeremy Graf
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