Executive Staff

James Mettham
Executive Director

James Mettham became the Partnership'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.

Scott Kimmins
Director of Operations

Scott Kimmins began as the Partnership'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.

Kurt Cavanaugh
Director of Planning, Streetscape & Capital Projects 

Kurt Cavanaugh joined the Partnership 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.

Megan Garcia
Chief of Staff / Director of Marketing & Outreach

Megan Garcia joined the Partnership 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
Marketing & Program Manager

Kimberly Lynch began as a Program Intern in May 2017, returned as an intern in February 2018, was hired as a full-time Research & Marketing Associate in June 2018, and transitioned to a full-time marketing and program role in June 2019. 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. 

Nicole Mandel
Economic Development & Research Manager

Nicole Mandel began as the Partnership's Planning & Research Associate in July 2019. She most recently worked as a Planning & Marketing Assistant at the Village Alliance BID that services Greenwich Village, where she focused on digitizing and mapping data, and produced analytical reports. Prior, Nicole worked for Bronx Community Board #6, where she collected primary data and produced district-wide surveys. Nicole graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Geography and a focus on Urban Planning and Social Geography. As a native New Yorker from the Flatiron District, she is passionate about reinvesting time in the neighborhood where she grew up. She is driven by understanding people and trends, with a strong desire to help create pleasant, safe, and interesting places.

Sabrina McFarland
Part-time Staff Writer 

Sabrina McFarland began as a Partnership 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 Health magazine, 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
Timothy Ayala
Dalwyn Corporan
Alexander George (part-time)
Alexis Juarez
Social Services

Keenan Shoulders

Outreach Case Manager

Keenan seen wearing a mask in an orange shirt and grey vest in front of Madison Square Park 

Chelsea Butler

Outreach Case Aid



Outreach Case Manager

Edwin Miranda
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

Jordan Barowitz
Durst Organization

James Buslik / Jeff Buslik
Adams & Company Real Estate

Thomas Cook
ATCO Properties & Management, Inc.

Jim Dill
Housing & Services, Inc.

Kristi Forbes

Rudin Management/FortyOne Madison

Marc Glosserman
225 Fifth Avenue

Grant Greenspan / Michael Kaufman
Kaufman Organization

Karen Heidelberger
Deerfield Management

Elliot Ingerman / Justin Crell
Tribeca Investment Group

Paul Januszewski
Rockrose Development Corp.

Max Koeppel
Koeppel Rosen

Scott Koster / Alissa Mendelsohn
GFI Hospitality / The Ace Hotel

Roger Larson
Vornado Reality Trust

Robert McClary
L&L Holding Company

Ron F. Petit
New York Life Insurance Co.

Edward V. Piccinich
SL Green Realty Corp.

Gregg Schenker
ABS Partners Real Estate

Leslie Spira Lopez
Kew Management

Peter Weiss

Walter & Samuels, Inc.

Class B: 
Commercial Tenants

Macia Batista 
General Assembly

Deborah Koenigsberger
Noir et Blanc / Hearts of Gold

Frederick Locker
Funworld, Inc.

Adil Mistry
The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.

Hersh Narola
Bombay Sandwich Co. 

Alec O'Doherty
Tiffany & Co.

Marisa Seifan

Jonathan Vandegrift / Jeremy Graf / Meredith Doll
Shake Shack

Class C: 
Residential Tenants

Joseph B. Rose
Residential Tenant

Jim Von Albade
Residential Tenant

Class D: 
Public Representatives

Honorable Eric L. Adams
Mayor of the City of New York (represented by NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Jonnel Doris)

Honorable Brad Lander
Comptroller of the City of New York

Honorable Mark D. Levine
President of the Borough of Manhattan

Honorable Adrienne E. Adams
Speaker of the New York City Council

Class E: 
Community Boards and Non-Profit Organizations

Community Board 4
Lowell D. Kern, Chair

Community Board 5
Vikki Barbero, Chair

Community Board 6
Kyle Athayde, Chair

Baruch College
Katharine Cobb

Simons Foundation
Monika Lenard