NBPA Staff


Executive Director


Nathan B. Patterson

Development Director

Nathan Patterson is NBPA’s first Development Director, and has been working in nonprofit development and fundraising since 2011. Before joining NBPA, Nathan served as the Development Manager for GrowNYC, and before that as a Grants Specialist for a social services organization in the South Bronx. Nathan holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Hunter College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, with departmental honors, and as a Public Service Scholar. He moved from Boulder, Colorado to Greenpoint in 2004 and, with a short exception, has lived in North Brooklyn since. Nathan is an avid and regular user of North Brooklyn parks, a practicing musician, and strong believer in environmental justice.

Katherine Thompson

Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Coordinator

Katherine moved to Greenpoint in 1996 with 2 small children and 3rd on the way. Back then, there was no local family soccer program in our neighborhood parks so in 1999 she helped found the Greenpoint/Williamsburg Youth Soccer League (AYSO) and was the Assistant Commissioner for 12 years. This lead to her involvement with public parks advocacy as there were no safe soccer fields for kids to play on. In 2014 she became co-leader of Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park who successfully lobbied for the completion of the acquisition of the Bushwick Inlet Park properties. Katherine is an artist and worked for the past 15 years as a shoe designer.