NBPA Staff


Katie Denny Horowitz
Executive Director

Katie Denny Horowitz became Executive Director in May 2019, bringing nearly two decades of public and nonprofit experience to the role. She arrives at NBPA after six years of leading the fundraising, communications, and government relations at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens, and had previously served as the Director of Development for New Yorkers for Parks and the Director of Special Projects at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. A longtime Greenpoint resident, Katie has held past volunteer positions with NBPA, when it was Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), and Katie chaired its Community Committee. Katie was also a board member of Greenpoint Waterfront Alliance for Parks and Planning (GWAPP), co-founder of the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition, and a Community Advisory Member of the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF).

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.