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Konstancja Maleszyńska (she/her) joined North Brooklyn Parks Alliance in 2003 as the BQE North Outreach Consultant. Konstancja is a sustainability cultivator with an MBA from Bard College and MA in English from Fordham University. Originally from Poland, Konstancja has been a part of the Greenpoint & Williamsburg open space community since 2014. She began as a community organizer at McGolrick Park, later became a programs manager at NBK Parks (2016-2018), and then served as a consultant for social impact and climate resiliency—including on Two Trees Management’s River Ring project and DOT’s Open Streets program.

Konstancja is also an urban ecosystems gardener, designing and installing native plant gardens in the city with her startup, Bramble NYC. She holds a Waterfront Design Edge Guidelines Certificate from the Waterfront Alliance and an Urban Parks Leadership Certificate from Central Park Conservancy’s Institute for Urban Parks.

Lisa Bloodgood (she/her) joined North Brooklyn Parks Alliance in 2022 as the Director of Horticulture & Stewardship. She brings to the role a deep knowledge of the area, from plants to pollutants, as well as a wealth of experience engaging with North Brooklyn communities on matters relating to the local environment and sustainability.

Lisa currently resides in Williamsburg and can trace her ancestry all the way back to Dutch settlers in Queens and Brooklyn in the 1660’s! However, she first fell in love with plants in California: her family moved there from West Nyack, New York when she was a teenager, and the drastic differences between the natural environment on the east vs. west coast helped spark her curiosity in the natural world.

As an adult, Lisa moved to Brooklyn to pursue a career in the arts—but found herself repeatedly drawn to horticultural endeavors: tending to her own backyard garden and helping to establish gardens at local schools. She pursued her passion in academic and applied ways, obtaining a degree in Earth & Environmental Science from Brooklyn College while working as the Environmental Policy Advisor and Community Liaison for the office of Stephen Levin, former NYC Council Member for District 33.

Lisa went on to work at Newtown Creek Alliance as Director of Advocacy & Education, aiding the organization in their community-based approach to revitalizing this fraught waterway. She has also served, and continues to serve, on several boards, advisory councils, and steering committees for organizations like New York City Brownfield Partnerships and Mt. Sinai Transdisciplinary Center on Early Childhood Environmental Exposures.

At NBK Parks, Lisa looks forward to helping ensure that Under the K Bridge Park is stewarded responsibly and can thrive as a public green space in an unlikely setting: under the Kosciuszko Bridge, in the Greenpoint Industrial Business Zone, and abutting the Newtown Creek.