Jennifer Brown was appointed the founding Executive Director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership in August of 2006. Immediately before joining the BID, she worked as an independent consultant, providing community affairs, management, and operational counseling to clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Jennifer was previously the Vice President for Community Development and Relations at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, managing the organization's community development and government and community affairs activities and working extensively with stakeholders affected by the September 11th attacks. Earlier in her career she worked at the Union Square Partnership, where she served as the Director of Finance and Economic Development, and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations, where she was a Project Planner.
Jennifer has a BA in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in Public and Nonprofit Management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Jennifer served as the Co-Chair of the NYC BID Association from 2011 to 2013, and served on its Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015. Jennifer was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Downtown Association (IDA) for a three-year term beginning in 2014.
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.
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.
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.
Kevin Wender began working as the Program Assistant for the Flatiron BID in August of 2015. He assists with the day-to-day operations of the BID, along with various marketing and streetscape initiatives. Prior to joining the BID, Kevin was a Leadership Institute Fellow at Smart Growth America, where he worked with local governments around the country to help administer Smart Growth America’s free technical assistance program. Kevin graduated from the University of Michigan with an Honors BA in Philosophy and a minor in Environmental Studies.
Part-time Marketing and Programming
Jane Kojima joined the BID in November of 2012 as Deputy Director. In February of 2016, Jane transitioned to a supportive role in the planning and execution of the BID’s 10th anniversary celebration, in addition to other marketing and programming initiatives. Before joining Flatiron, she worked for the DUMBO Improvement District in Brooklyn for nearly 6 years, most recently as Director of Events and External Affairs. Prior to that, Jane was a member of the events team at the Bryant Park Corporation and 34th Street Partnership. Jane has a BA in Art History from Saint Louis University with certificates in Business and Italian Studies, and an MA in Arts Administration from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
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 proud native New Yorker and an award-winning multimedia specialist with extensive experience at leading global brands, including Scholastic Inc., Entertainment Weekly and PEOPLE magazine, where she interviewed celebrities such as Bob Dylan, Robert De Niro and Denzel Washington, Sabrina earned a BA in psychology from The City College of New York (CUNY) and a master of science degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.