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
Mike Arnot is the founder of Boarding Pass NYC, a Greenpoint-based travel brand widely featured in the media. He is the former regional commissioner of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Youth Soccer League (GWYSL). Mike is an avid soccer player, volunteer youth soccer coach, and a private pilot. 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 two sons, Owen and Fred, and wife Stephanie.
Leigh Godwin, Treasurer / Secretary
Leigh Godwin is a senior managing director at the Corcoran Group. 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. 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 1990s 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. She enjoys playing tennis at McCarren Park and watching the seasons change from her front porch overlooking Cooper Park.
Erich Anderer is the chief of neurosurgery at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn. 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 Club. He and his wife Kisha, a jewelry designer, live in South Williamsburg.
Spencer Baim is chief strategic officer (CSO) of VICE Media and founder of Virtue, VICE’s creative agency. As CSO, he oversees the strategic direction of all VICE properties, including VICE, VICE News, Noisey, Munchies, Motherboard, Thump, Fightland, i-D and The Creators Project. Baim oversees all major brand projects and partnerships. VICE has most recently partnered with AT&T, Intel, A-B InBev, GE, K Swiss, and H&M. 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. Spencer holds a B.A. from the University of Kent (England). Spencer lives in Greenpoint.
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 twenty 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 part owner of eight restaurants, including four in Williamsburg (Casa Publica, Extra Fancy, Jimmy’s Diner and Lilia) and one in Greenpoint (Anella). He grew up in Park Slope and attended St. Saviour Elementary, Xavier High in Manhattan and City AS School in Brooklyn. Josh studied and practiced at Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute in Rhode Island and has over thirty years of restaurant experience. Josh is the founder go Project Hunger which has soup kitchens in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Josh is on the board of the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Blair Papagni, who is a partner in the restaurants as well, have three children, Dylan, Maggie and Crosby.
Ward Dennis is a 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. A neighborhood resident since 1993, Ward lives in Williamsburg with his wife, Carol, and two children.
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 US, and later taking US artists abroad for Sony in Sydney Australia. He joined VICE in 2004 after a stint as executive producer at Heavy.com, and has spent the last 13 years working with brands to utilize VICE’s unique point of view to reach 18-34 year olds around the world directly and authentically. He has previously worked as the product manager at Sony Music. He attended the University of Pennsylvania. Ben resides in Greenpoint.
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 is the co-founder and chairman of Brooklyn Brewery. He was the founding chair of OSA. Steve has served on the board of Prospect Park Alliance for more than 20 years. He is also a member of the boards of Gowanus Canal Conservancy and Transportation Alternatives. He is a tireless and dedicated champion of open space and walking, biking and public transit.
Sean Hoess is the co-founder and co-owner of Wanderlust. In 2008, Sean 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. Prior to that, he co-founded Velour Music Group, an artist management and event production company. Sean started his professional life practicing law at Skadden. Sean received his B.A. in 1992 from Columbia College and a law degree from Columbia Law School in 1997. A lover of nature and tennis, as well as a long-term Brooklyn resident, Hoess co-founded the McCarren Tennis Association (MTA) 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. Sean, his wife, Karina, and their two children live in Greenpoint.
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 is the co-founder and executive director of El Puente, a nationally recognized community/youth development organization nurturing holistic leadership for peace and social justice. Frances 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 received the 1998 Heinz Award for the Human Condition. She holds a B.A. in Education & Dance from Hunter College and an M.A. 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.
Alyssa Mastromonaco is the president of global communications, strategy & talent at A&E Networks. She was previously the chief operating officer (COO) of VICE Media. Prior to that, she served as White House deputy chief of staff for operations in the administration of President Barack Obama from 2011 to 2014. She was the youngest woman to hold that position. She began working for President Obama in February 2005 when she joined his United States Senate office as director of scheduling. 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 DC. She is also a contributing editor at Marie Claire magazine. Alyssa received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jane Pool is a soccer mom who has resided in Greenpoint for more than 15 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 the Firehouse, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) and the PTA at PS 132 in Williamsburg.
Charley Ryan is the co-founder of Brooklyn Bowl. He began his professional life 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. Charley 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 city council in Leonia, NJ. Charley 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. Charley lives in Leonia 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 more than 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 B.A. 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, who has been a resident of the neighborhood for over 30 years, has a son.
- State Assemblyman Joe Lentol
- Council Member Antonio Reynoso
- Council Member Stephen Levin
- NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver
- Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Martin Maher
- OSA Executive Director Joe Mayock