BGI Staff

Brian McCormickDirector of Development and Administration

Brian hails from Mystic, CT, and moved to NYC in 1990 and has lived in the Columbia Street Waterfront District for many years. Brian is naturally drawn to the water as a source of inspiration and fun! In his spare time, Brian writes poetry and music, is a big fan of Big Band Music, and has a passion for Brooklyn’s architectural, social and topographical history with a focus on the waterfront.

Milton PuryearDirector of Project Development

Milton works with public agencies and private interests to implement the Greenway. In his former career he was an investment analyst. He has always valued nature and active recreation including cycling, swimming and kayaking. Milton is also the project manager for the restoration of the Mill River and the creation of Mill River Park & Greenway in Stamford, CT.

Olivia Lynch, Director of Outreach and Engagement

Olivia manages BGI’s events, communications and oversees volunteers and BGI’s membership program.  Originally from New Zealand, Olivia started her professional career in the non-profit development sector and worked for the Auckland City Council in urban design. In 2011, Olivia moved to New York  to work at the United Nations before shifting her focus to a more local context and choosing Brooklyn as the place that she wants to make a difference and help become one of the world’s most livable cities.


  • Harry Kaplan, Information Technology
  • Leigh Guldig, Graphic Design
  • Joseph Herscher, Web Development
  • Ten Key Pros, Bookkeeping and Accounting

Board of Directors

  • Michael Cairl, Chairman
  • Scott Demel
  • Laurie Ginsberg
  • Lisa Heller
  • Sharelle Hicks
  • Daniel Kay
  • Rich Miller
  • Gregory T. O’Connell
  • Sumner Pingree
  • Robert Pirani
  • Michael Porto
  • Milton Puryear
  • Carter Strickland


Throughout the planning process for the Greenway, BGI has negotiated for and secured property commitments from both public agencies and private owners, including:

  • NYC Department of Transportation
  • NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
  • The Port Authority of NY & NJ
  • NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons

Government and Civic Partners

  • NYC Department of Design & Construction
  • NYC Department of Environmental Protection
  • Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez
  • NYS Senator Daniel Squadron
  • NYS Assemblywoman Joan Millman
  • NYS Assemblyman Joseph Lentol
  • NYC Council Member Brad Lander
  • NYC Council Member Steve Levin
  • NYC Council Member Letitia James
  • The Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
  • The Horticultural Society of New York
  • The Green School
  • Red Hook Community Justice Center
  • And more…