OSA’s Board is comprised of residents and business owners from our community. Each Board Member is required to make an annual financial contribution as well as serve as officers or on committees and to assist OSA in fulfilling its mission.
Mike Arnot, Chairman of the Board
Mike Arnot is the former Regional Commissioner of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Youth Soccer League (GWYSL), and the founder of Owen & Fred, a Greenpoint-based design brand named GQ Magazine’s Best 2015. Mike is an avid soccer player and volunteer youth soccer coach. Originally from Canada, Mike is nice and polite. He was a speechwriter and Policy Advisor to Canada’s Foreign Minister before moving to New York to pursue a career in law and technology. Mike spends a lot of his recreational time in North Brooklyn parks with his two sons, Owen and Fred, and wife Stephanie.
Leigh Godwin, Treasurer / Secretary
Leigh Godwin lives and works in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For almost a decade, she has built a career in residential real estate, beginning in Lower Manhattan. In 2009, she moved her business to Williamsburg and the Corcoran Group. In 2011, she accepted the position of Senior Managing Director, overseeing the activities of 50+ agents and directing the course of the thriving Williamsburg Corcoran office. Prior to real estate, Leigh honed her managerial skills at the Kane School of Core Integration, a highly regarded Pilates studio and Pilates teacher training facility where she trained, taught, and ultimately became general manager. There she coordinated the day-to-day activities of a busy studio and planned and promoted quarterly certification courses. Originally from Texas, Leigh moved to New York to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Drama and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors. In the ‘90s and 2000s, she worked as an actress, dancer and choreographer, primarily in the downtown theater and dance scenes in New York in venues including PS122, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, La Mama and the Flea Theater. Leigh has called New York City and its many neighborhoods her home for more than 20 years – from the West Village and Lower East Side to Bushwick, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill and finally Williamsburg where she happily became a homeowner last year. She enjoys sampling the neighborhood’s many restaurants, shopping for groceries at the Meat Hook, playing tennis at the McCarren courts and watching the seasons change from her front porch overlooking Cooper Park.
Erich Anderer is the chief of neurosurgery at NYU Lutheran Medical Center. Erich, a former Manhattanite, attended Regis High School followed by Columbia University for college and medical school. He has been a resident of Williamsburg since 2004 where he was a founding member of the North Brooklyn Runners. He and his wife Kisha, a jewelry designer, live in South Williamsburg.
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 also President of the Board of Directors for Urban Pathways, a homeless services non-for-profit here in NYC.
Kate Bernstein is a two-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and writer. Most recently, Kate was the Executive Producer of MTV’s long running, hit series, MADE. Over the past fifteen years, Kate has developed, written, produced, and overseen many successful programs and series for Travel Channel, VH-1, Bravo, MTV, CMT, Logo, Chanel 4 UK, and TLC. Additionally, Kate has written two feature films and reported on film, music, and popular culture for a variety of publications, including Cineaste, Vibe, Paper, and Filmmaker. Kate graduated Summa Cum Laude from Swarthmore College with a BA in Film and Cultural Studies. She received an MA 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. She’s very conscious about the effects that gentrification has had on the area and believes that open spaces can bring the entire community together regardless of socio-economic background. She’s invested in seeing the future generation of Williamsburg-ers grow up with the core values that make North Brooklyn thrive and joined OSA to give back to the neighborhood that shaped her.
Josh Cohen, a third generation Brooklynite is a partner in Anella, Bellwether, Calyer, Jimmy’s Diner and Saint Vitus restaurants. He grew up in Park Slope and attended St. Saviour Elementary, Xavier High in Manhattan and City AS School in Brooklyn. Mr. Cohen studied and practiced at Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute in Rhode Island and has 24 years of restaurant experience. He and his business partners own and operate Anella, Bellwether, Calyer, Jimmy’s Diner, Lilia and Saint Vitus. His wife, Blair Papagni, is a partner in the restaurants as well. They have three children, Dylan, Maggie and Crosby. Dylan and Maggie attend PS 84 where Blair serves on the PTA. Mr. Cohen has lived in the community for five years and is dedicated to quality of life improvements in North Brooklyn.
A neighborhood resident since 1993, Ward Dennis lives in Williamsburg with his wife, Carol, and two children. He is partner at Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, a preservation consulting firm specializing in the restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive use of historic properties throughout New York City and beyond. Ward is a board member and former co-chair of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), 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. He was a member of CB1‘s ad hoc task force for the 2005 waterfront zoning and was chair of CB1‘s Land Use Committee from 2006 through 2011.
Alan Hill is the owner of the creative agency Alan Hill Design, a small award-winning print and web agency with clients in the arts, publishing, real estate, education, and fashion. In addition to serving on the OSA board, Alan is the Regional Commissioner of the Greenpoint Williamsburg Youth Soccer League, and is actively involved in local public schools at PS 132 and NEST+m. He resides in Greenpoint with his wife, an artist, and two children.
Steve Hindy, founding member of the Open Space Alliance and President of the Brooklyn Brewery, Steve has served on the board of the Prospect Park Alliance for over 15 years. He is a dedicated champion of parks and open space.
Sean Hoess received his B.A. in 1992 from Columbia College and a law degree from Columbia Law in 1997. Following two years practicing law at Skadden, Arps, Hoess co-founded Velour Music Group, an artist management and event production company, in April, 1999. Hoess is the COO of the company, developing and implementing marketing strategies and shepherding recording projects from concept to sale. Hoess also manages several clients, including the Brooklyn-based band The Honey Brothers, and doubles as the head of business & legal affairs. In 2008, Hoess co-founded the Wanderlust Festival, an innovative event combining world-class yoga instruction with a boutique music festival, all set in beautiful mountain resort locations. The event has grown rapidly since its 2009 launch, and in 2012, Velour will produce four full scale Wanderlust events as well as a number of large-scale hotel and outdoor events. A lover of nature and tennis, as well as a long-term Brooklyn resident, Hoess co-founded the McCarren Tennis Association in 2009. In cooperation with OSA, the MTA spearheaded the complete restoration of the courts at McCarren Park in 2010 with support from AmEx and the USTA
Cory Kantin is a Senior Associate at the Corcoran Group on Bedford Avenue and a Williamsburg resident since 2008. Cory is the founder of the Friends of the Northside Waterfront and is interested in integrating and engaging the new community in order to make North Brooklyn greener. Cory is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park and is a certified yoga instructor.
David Lombino is a Director at Two Trees Management where 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 Greenpoint with his wife, Heather, and their two children. He holds a Master’s Degree in public policy from Columbia University and a B.A. from Williams College.
Frances Lucerna has been a pioneer of community arts and education for the past 30 years. She holds a BA in Education & Dance from Hunter College and an MA in Education & Supervision from Bank Street College. She danced professionally for 10 years and in 1980 returned to Williamsburg and founded the Williamsburg Arts & Culture Council for Youth, a performing and visual arts program for adolescents. In 1982, Ms. Lucerna became co-founder of El Puente, a nationally recognized community/youth development organization nurturing holistic leadership for peace and social justice.
Ms. Lucerna has served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, the Advisory Committee to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and the Community School Task Force for the White House Conference on Character Building for a Democratic Civil Society. She was on the Board of 651Arts and also served on the Community/Youth Development Guide Team of the National Network for Youth. Her many awards include“Celebrating Success” from the Children’s Defense Fund, the Brooklyn Council on the Arts Arts Advocate Award, Comité Noviembre’s 2010 “Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad” award and El Diario’s 2010 Mujeres Destacadas Award. Along with her partner Luis Garden Acosta, Frances Lucerna received the 1998 Heinz Award for the Human Condition.
Alyssa Mastromonaco is the Chief Operating Officer at VICE Media in Brooklyn, NY. She is also contributing editor to Marie Claire, a position she has held since 2014. Previously, she served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff at the White House from 2011 to 2014, and as Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling and Advance at the White House from 2009 to 2011. She also served as Director of Scheduling and Advance during President Obama’s first presidential campaign beginning in 2007. She has worked for President Obama since February 2005, when she joined his United States Senate office as Director of Scheduling, and then was Political Director for the Hopefund, President Obama’s Political Action Committee. Earlier in her career, she was Director of Scheduling for Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004, and before that, she was Press Secretary for Congressman Rick Boucher. She serves on the Board of Directors of HeadCount.org and the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C. Ms. Mastromonaco received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Adam D. Perlmutter is the principal attorney of the Law Offices of Adam D. Perlmutter, P.C. His practice focuses on criminal defense, civil rights and local environmental litigation. Adam is a member of the advisory group of the New York State Justice Commission. He has served on Community Board 1 and as counsel to the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP). He and his wife, Barbara McGlamery, have lived in Greenpoint since 1997. They have a 2 sons.
A Brooklyn soccer mom, has resided in Greenpoint for 8 years and is co-owner of Excello Recording Studio in Williamsburg. She has organized several events (including a Patti Smith concert) for the Greenpoint Williamsburg Waterfront Task Force. Jane is on the board of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth and on the PTA at PS-132 in Williamsburg.
Charley Ryan is Co-Founder of Brooklyn Bowl. His early career centered on money (“wouldn’t be accurate to say ‘finance’ or ‘investments,’” stated Ryan) as a stockbroker in San Francisco and then as a trader and broker in precious metals futures as a member of Comex for Donaldson, Lufkin Jenrette, Mocatta Metals and others.
Later, he moved to the realm of entertainment: food, drink and live music. Mr. Ryan managed and launched several places in NYC and elsewhere including the operation of TriBeCa environmental activism center and music club Wetlands Preserve with Brooklyn Bowl partner and co-founder Peter Shapiro.
Along the way he lobbied three NYC mayors to end incineration in the City, swam around Manhattan to raise money for Greenpeace and won election to the Council in Leonia, NJ. Mr. Ryan served as President of the local government and as Police Commissioner.
He is currently cooking up some new versions of Brooklyn Bowl and other ideas for places of public amusement. Mr. Ryan lives in Leonia, NJ with his wife, the flutist Theresa Norris, and their dog, Baloo.
You know Steiner Studios, the giant Navy Yard film complex that livery cars will occasionally sneak through on the way from DUMBO to Williamsburg? (Can we reroute that bike lane, already?) Yeah, that’s Doug Steiner’s joint. In a move some saw as “totally crazy” Steiner spearheaded the rehabilitation of the Navy Yard back in 1999, slowly 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 employment goal of 6,000 jobs over the next decade. So Doug, seriously, that bike lane?
Dewey is the creative chief of Pickerel Pie Entertainment, a producer of television-ish programming, web content and smart, strategic communication for corporations.
He has lived in Greenpoint with his wife, Katherine, and three kids, for almost 20 years. It was a very different place when they arrived. There was no soccer league for kids so he and his wife helped found the Greenpoint Williamsburg Youth Soccer League (GWYSL). Trying to make the McCarren field playable (it was gravel, glass and cinders) got Dewey involved in local politics and he served on Community Board 1 for five years. There were fights against power plants and for more open space and he eventually became the Co-Chair of the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning (GWAPP). As a longtime paddler in the East River and Newtown Creek (he and Katherine stashed their boats in the Perlmutters’ basement), he realized that the imminent development of the waterfront threatened access to the waterways – the last true open space in NYC – and he founded the North Brooklyn Boat Club of which is he currently the President, overseeing the construction of its world-class boathouse on the Newtown Creek.
Dewey has an MFA in Film from Columbia and a BA from Stanford University.
Joe Vance is the owner of an Williamsburg-based architectural practice, Joseph Vance Architects, specializing in high-end residential interior renovations and new residential developments. He is a founding member of the Open Space Alliance, served as the co-chair of the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning for 5 years and also serves on the board of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. Joe is a 24-year resident of Greenpoint and father of an 18 year old son.
- State Assemblyman Joe Lentol
- Council Member Antonio Reynoso
- Council Member Stephen Levin
- Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver
- Borough Commissioner Martin Maher