Chad Purkey, BID Executive Director
Email | (718) 230-1689 ext 1#
As Executive Director of the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Business Improvement District (BID), Chad leads the BID’s efforts in caring for Myrtle Avenue’s public space, supporting and promoting its business community, producing local events, and advocating for and bringing resources to Myrtle Avenue and its community members. Chad originally joined the Myrtle Avenue staff in 2011 and has held various positions within the organization since that time. Chad holds a M.S. in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a B.F.A. in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
Kristin Brown, BID Services Director
Email | (718) 230-1689 ext 2#
Kristin focuses her efforts on maintaining the day-to-day management of the BID’s core services, ensuring the district’s public spaces are clean, safe, and well maintained. Kristin also works to make sure Myrtle Avenue’s 180 member businesses receive assistance by helping to navigate city government and connecting them to available resources. After receiving her M.S. in Urban Placemaking and Management, Kristin feels very fortunate to live in, and work for, the beautiful communities of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.
Asea Thompson, Community Initiatives Program Specialist
Email | (718) 230-1689 ext 5#
As Program Specialist-Community Initiatives, Asea Thompson will be supporting the Myrtle Avenue Age Friendly Initiatives, the Young Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program (YEMP), and the Fresh Pantry at Farragut Houses. As a placekeeping activist, Asea is interested in the holistic and participatory approach to community development, which moved her to become actively involved in her community as an advocate and volunteer. Her intent and mission is to positively impact the energy and ambiance of communities experiencing change.
Stephanie Wong-You, Neighborhood 360° Fellow
Email | (718) 230-1689 ext 4#
As a Neighborhood 360° Fellow, Stephanie will support the “Age-Friendly Myrtle Avenue” initiative to connect local seniors through business engagement, district marketing, and placemaking. As a cultural worker, community organizer, and a student of Urban Studies, she has an interest in community economic development. A child of immigrants who called Brooklyn home, Stephanie is keen to learn how new generations can work with older residents to co-create an equitable, diverse, and thriving community.