Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership Staff
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).
Shaquana Boykin, MAP Engagement Coordinator
Email | (718) 230-1689 ext 5#
Shaquana Boykin has many years of experience working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector. In her current role as Myrtle Avenue’s MAP Engagement Coordinator – Ingersoll, she is leading a group of residents and partners through a planning process to improve safety at Ingersoll Houses. Prior to that, she was the Program Manager for our Healthy Communities Initiatives, where she managed a monthly fresh produce pantry serving 300+ families and a CSA with Corbin Hill Food Project, supported community gardeners at Ingersoll, Whitman and Farragut, and served on the Better Bike Share Partnership in NYC. She first joined the team as a volunteer member of the Fort Greene & Clinton Hill Community Food Council in 2013, conducting “Shopping on a Budget” Supermarket Tours. Shaquana was an Urban Farm Educator and Manager at Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Cooperation (NEBHDCO). At a young age of 16, she began volunteering at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and organizing with ACORN as a Canvass Field Manager.
Shaquana is a certified Brooklyn Urban Gardener (BUG) and received the 2013 Natural Leader award through Children & Nature network. She graduated from the Public Allies New York & Center for Neighborhood Leadership Community Organizing Apprenticeship in June 2015. A native Brooklynite who has lived in Fort Greene since 2009, she has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from CUNY’s Kingsborough Community College, and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree In Legal Studies at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology.