Our People

North Brooklyn Parks Alliance was born out of the environmental justice movements of the 1980s and 90s. Many of the forebears of those movements make up or inspire our board, staff, and volunteers.

Katie Denny Horowitz became Executive Director of NBK Parks in May 2019. She brings nearly two decades of public and nonprofit experience to the role. Having steered the fundraising, communications, and government relations at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City for six years. Prior to which she 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 NBK Parks, when it was Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), and 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).

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_Katie Denny Horowitz

Native New Yorker, and twenty-plus year resident of Greenpoint, Lynn del Sol is a park lover. Which is great, since she joined one of the oldest nonprofits in the neighborhood fighting for equity and innovation in our public spaces. As the Development and Communications Manager, her job is to obsess over Instagram engagement, unearth an archive, and fire up a neighborhood’s philanthropic soul.

Lynn was an art dealer and curator for almost fifteen years -responsible for over two hundred exhibitions, including Lebanon’s first attempt at a National Pavillon during the 2005 Venice Biennale. She also served as a Visiting Scholar to the New School’s Humanities Action Lab where she partnered with OutHistory.org, ACT Up! Oral History Project, and the New York Public Library Archive Division. 

When she’s not spending an inordinate amount of time in a park with her best friend and pup, Lola, you can find her leading groups of folks around the neighborhood on walking tours discussing everything from rezoning and affordable housing to art, architecture, and history.

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_Lynn del Sol

Sean Hoess is the co-founder and co-owner of Wanderlust, an innovative company that organizes yoga festivals, teacher trainings, and mental triathlons in beautiful locations around the world. In addition to co-founding the McCarren Tennis Association (MTA) in 2009, Hoess currently serves as the Treasurer at NBK Parks. He received his B.A. in 1992 from Columbia College and a law degree from Columbia Law School in 1997. Sean, his wife Karina, and their two children live in Greenpoint.

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_Sean Hoess

Joe Vance is the owner of the architectural and interior design firm Joseph Vance Architects. Specializing in townhouse and brownstone renovations. He is a founding member of the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance and currently serves as Board Secretary. Previously, he served as the co-chair of the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning for five years and on the board of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative for eight years. Joe has been a resident of the neighborhood for over 35 years.

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_Joe Vance

Erich Anderer is the chief of neurosurgery at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn. As a former Manhattanite, he attended Regis High School followed by Columbia University for college and medical school. Erich is a board member of both the Japanese Medical Society of America and the New York State Neurosurgical Society. He is a founding member of the North Brooklyn Runners Club and has been a resident of Brooklyn since 2004.

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_Erich Anderer

Jeff Fronek is the Vice President & Director, Acquisitions of Rubenstein Partners. Prior to which he worked at Merrill Lynch and Ernst & Young. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations.

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_Jeff Fronek

Trina McKeever is the manager of the artist Richard Serra studio. She also serves on Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 as the chairperson for the Landmarks and the co-chair of the Parks committee. She is a founding member of the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park and a former board member of GWAPP (Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning). Since 1989 she has lived in Greenpoint with her three sons. 

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_Trina McKeever

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.

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_Mike Arnot

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.

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_Teresa Gonzalez

Keith Berger is a director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and has lived in Williamsburg since 2008. He enjoys spending time on the waterfront and is excited to see our parks improve. Keith is a member of the board of directors and a past chair for Urban Pathways, a homeless services non-for-profit in New York City.

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_Keith Berger

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.

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_Kate Bernstein

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.

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_Steve Hindy

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.


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_Dewey Thompson

Frances Lucerna has been a pioneer of community arts and education for the past 30 years. She is the co-founder and executive director of El Puente in Williamsburg. She served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Community School Task Force for the White House Conference. Lucerna has lived in Williamsburg since the 1980s, she was a professional dancer and holds a B.A. from Hunter College and an M.A. from Bank Street College.


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_Frances Lucerna

David Lombino is a director at Two Trees Management. He oversees the development pipeline for the Dumbo-based company. His current projects include the redevelopment of the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg and the development of BAM South in Downtown Brooklyn. Two Trees also developed and co-owns the Wythe Hotel. Previously David served as executive vice president at the New York City Economic Development Corporation under Mayor Bloomberg. He is the former city editor of the New York Sun newspaper. A native New Yorker, David now lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Heather, and their two children.


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_David Lombino

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.

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_Ben Dietz

Alan Hill runs a boutique creative branding agency with clients in the arts, publishing, real estate, education, and fashion. In addition to serving on the NBK Parks board, Alan was the Regional Commissioner of the Greenpoint Williamsburg Youth Soccer League and has been involved with GWYSL for over 15 years. He has lived in Greenpoint with his wife and family since 2002. Alan graduated with honors from Stanford University.

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_Alan Hill

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.

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_Jane Pool

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.




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_Ward Dennis

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.

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_Spencer Baim

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.

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_Josh Cohen

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.

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_Doug Steiner

NBKParks Quotes; We must reimagine the types of spaces that can become open and public

_NBKParks Quotes; We must reimagine the types of spaces that can become open and public

Brooklyn Parks Commissioner

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_Martin Maher

NY City Council, District 33 

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_Antonio Reynoso

NY City Council, District 33 

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_Steve Levin

NY State Assembly, District 50 

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_Joe Lentol