Mike Arnot, the immediate past chair of the NBPA board, is the founder of Boarding Pass NYC, a Greenpoint-based travel brand. He is the former regional commissioner of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Youth Soccer League (GWYSL). Originally from Canada, Mike is polite. He was a speechwriter and Policy Advisor to Canada’s Foreign Minister before moving to New York. Mike spends a lot of his recreational time in parks with his wife Stephanie and their three children.
Teresa Gonzalez is a partner at Bolton St. Johns and the co-founder of DalyGonzalez, an M/WBE boutique lobbying firm, she has helped public and private institutions build and increase capacity, establish meaningful partnerships and navigate complex government and community issues. Prior to which she served as Communications Director and Chief of Staff at the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU), and as Deputy Press Secretary at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs during the Bloomberg administration.
She received her bachelor’s degree in English/Professional Writing from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and received a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Milano – The New School. In addition to serving on the NBK Parks board, she sits on the boards of Photoville and the New York Immigration Coalition. She is a member of the BRIC President’s Council and Puerto Rican Women in Action (PRWIA). She resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she was born and raised.
Kate Bernstein is a two-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and writer. Kate graduated Summa Cum Laude from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Film and Cultural Studies. She received an M.A. in Cinema Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Kate was born in Moscow, Russia, and raised in Southern Brooklyn. She’s been a proud resident of Williamsburg since 1999, where she currently lives on the waterfront with her husband and young daughter.
Steve Hindy is the co-founder and chairman of Brooklyn Brewery. He is the founding chair of NBK Parks. Steve has served on the Board of directors of Prospect Park Alliance for more than 20 years. He is also a member of the Board of directors of Gowanus Canal Conservancy and Transportation Alternatives. He is a tireless and dedicated champion of open space and walking, biking, and public transit.
Dewey is the creative chief of Pickerel Pie Entertainment, which creates smart and strategic content for corporations. He lives in Greenpoint with his wife, Katherine, and three kids, for more than 20 years helping found the Greenpoint Williamsburg Youth Soccer League (GWYSL). Serving Community Board 1 for five years, he eventually became the Co-Chair of the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning (GWAPP). An avid paddler, he also founded the North Brooklyn Boat Club of which he is currently the President.
Ben Dietz is senior vice president and head of sales of VICE Media. Ben began his career in the music business at Sony, marketing developing artists from around the world in the U.S., and later taking U.S. artists abroad for Sony in Sydney Australia. He joined VICE in 2004 after a stint as executive producer at heavy.com. He attended the University of Pennsylvania. Ben resides in Greenpoint.
Jane Pool is a soccer mom who has resided in Greenpoint for more than 15 years. She is a co-owner of Excello Recording Studio in Williamsburg and as such, has organized several events (including a Patti Smith concert) for the Greenpoint Williamsburg Waterfront Task Force. In addition to serving on the NBK Parks board, Jane is on the board of the Firehouse, North Brooklyn Neighbors, and the PTA at PS 132 in Williamsburg.
Ward Dennis is a partner at Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, a preservation consulting firm based in New York City. In addition to serving on the NBK Parks board, Ward is a board member and former co-chair of North Brooklyn Neighbors, and a founding member of Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park and the Waterfront Preservation Alliance. From 2003 until 2012 he served on Community Board 1 in Brooklyn. Participating in the ad hoc task force for the 2005 waterfront zoning. A neighborhood resident since 1993, Ward lives in Williamsburg with his wife, Carol, and two children.
In addition to serving on the NBK Parks board, Spencer Baim is a chief strategic officer (CSO) of VICE Media and founder of Virtue, VICE’s creative agency. Baim is steering the company to become the most exciting and successful youth media company in the world. Prior to VICE, Baim was a brand strategist for advertising agencies Fallon and Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Holding a B.A. from the University of Kent (England), Spencer currently lives in Greenpoint.
Josh Cohen is a third-generation Brooklynite. He also is a part-owner of eight restaurants, including three in Williamsburg (Casa Publica, Extra Fancy, and Lilia) and one in Greenpoint (Anella). He grew up in Park Slope and studied at Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute in Rhode Island. In addition to serving on the NBK Parks board, Josh is the founder of Project Hunger and sits on the Board of the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Blair Papagni, have three children, Dylan, Maggie, and Crosby.
Doug Steiner spearheaded the rehabilitation of the Navy Yard back in 1999. Converting his “little” corner of the former shipyard into an enormous, state-of-the-art film studio. Over a decade later, the studio shows no signs of slowing down, hosting blockbuster productions, creating educational partnerships with both Brooklyn College and Carnegie Mellon, and setting an aggressive goal of creating 6,000 jobs over the next decade.