Who We Are

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Board of Directors

  • Chair – Sumner Pingree

Environmental Consultant

  • Vice Chair – Michael Porto

Manager, City Government Affairs, Consolidated Edison Company of New York

  • Secretary – Amy E. Turner

Senior Fellow, Cities Climate Law Initiative, Columbia University

  • Treasurer – Ted Weissberg

Executive Chairman, Digital Marketing Institute

  • Board Members

Scott Demel, Director, Marvel Architects PLLC

Michael Cairl, Senior Manager, Engineering Operations, STV Group, Incorporated

Petra T. Messick, Director, Gateway Program Planning Amtrak

Richard B. Miller, Vice President, Regulatory, Consolidated Edison Company of New York

Timothy O’Brien, Director of Compliance and Development, NYC Ferry, Operated by Hornblower

Robert Pirani, Director, NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program Hudson River Foundation

Caroline Samponaro, Head of Bike, Scooter & Pedestrian Policy, Lyft

Andrew Simons, Principal, Emphas!s Design

Michelle Young, Founder, Untapped New York

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Staff

  • Terri Carta, Executive Director

Terri Carta is a leader in public space stewardship and nonprofit management. As Executive Director of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Terri is responsible for driving forward the completion and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, realizing its full potential as a critical connector of people and neighborhoods, avcomponent of New York City’s sustainability and resiliency plans, and a mechanism for community-based   visioning and stewardship.

Terri’s career spans leadership positions in public engagement, community development, and leadership development, most recently developing the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks where she served as its Associate Vice President. Terri previously coordinated community development, engagement, and education efforts for a watershed management project in Guinea, West Africa while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Terri has an M.S. in Ecological Teaching & Learning and a B.S. in Conservation Biology.

Terri is passionate about advancing a multidisciplinary approach to improving urban environments and the greater public realm.

  • Brian McCormick, Director of Development

Since 1997, Brian has devoted his life’s work to realizing the vision of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway; initially as the Founder and Chair of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Taskforce- the all-volunteer predecessor organization of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) that planned and rallied behind safer mobility options for those moving along and to the waterfront by bike or by foot as an alternative to a major proposed expansion of a truck route in the neighborhood where he still lives and works. Brian is one of the three Co-founders who established the non-profit BGI in 2004, and has worked tirelessly since BGI’s inception to engage community, business, agency, and political stakeholders to enlist their support for the Greenway; partnerships that are necessary to secure capital commitments from the City for the ongoing construction of the Greenway -and its completion in the coming years.

Brian has served on the Boards of the Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association and Chaired its Park Committee, the South End Historical Society, the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, Co-founded the Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association, and currently sits on the Board of The O’Connell Organization Family Foundation.

Among Brian’s varied interests-he is passionate about local history and historic preservation, writing poetry and composing music. On weekends, Brian enjoys experiencing and learning about the natural environment, taking in cultural activities, and the ongoing restoration of his historic home and property, in the Connecticut coastal community where he resides.

  • Admir Molic, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Admir Molic is the marketing and communications coordinator for BGI. He is responsible for leading the development, coordination, and implementation of BGI’s marketing and communications efforts across a broad spectrum of platforms. In this role, Admir oversees the management of BGI’s brand, including community insights, digital marketing, creative development, media, and government communications.

Admir joined BGI in June 2019 to take on the newly created marketing and communications coordinator role. He previously served as the marketing and communications manager of New Jersey Campus Compact, and before that he was the marketing and enrollment coordinator for Kingsborough Community College. Admir is a native of Brooklyn and has a master’s degree in Marketing from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from The City University of New York. He enjoys playing basketball, advocating for political activism and being the average New Yorker.


  • Danielle Knott, Naval Cemetery Landscape Coordinator

Danielle Knott is the Park Coordinator and beekeeper at the Naval Cemetery Landscape (NCL). She has been actively involved with beekeeping at the park since June of 2016. In 2017, she worked with City Growers and the NCL to develop curriculum for the pilot year of Brooklyn Bee Corps, a program for high school students interested in beekeeping, entrepreneurship, and community service. In 2019 she became Park Coordinator, in an effort to grow the NCL’s potential as a place for visitors to engage and interact with nature for years to come.

Hailing from the stage of Oregon, Danielle has come to love New York City through interacting with its sacred green spaces.


  • Nina Bowers, Programs Coordinator

Nina Bowers is the programs coordinator for BGI. She works closely with our Executive Director to develop and maintain relationships with programming partners, community members’ and business owners to ensure quality events and programs throughout the Greenway. Prior to joining BGI Nina worked as the Operations Coordinator for Brooklyn Bridge Park. Her interest is focused on non-profits that cultivate accessible spaces to bring people together.

Originally from Boston, she is a New School alumni with a passion for filmmaking and travel. She enjoys bike riding and exploring all the different cuisines in Brooklyn.


  • Hagan Knauth , Naval Cemetery Landscape Associate

Hagan Knauth is an associate of the Naval Cemetery Landscape (NCL). He is responsible for informing visitors about the NCL, photographing, studying and tending to the plants and upkeep of the space. He appreciates that every square foot of the NCL features a plethora of lifeforms both above and below ground (insects, spiders, fungi, moths, worms, butterflies, ants, bees, and more). For this reason, he encourages visitors to slow down and take a closer look.

He is a strong advocate for the conservation and preservation of public land, and a firm believer in the therapeutic benefits of time spent outdoors. Originally from upstate New York, Hagan moved to Brooklyn to grow as a musician … however, the itch to be outdoors again has to lead him to split his time between the studio and the garden.


  • Greg Topscher, Naval Cemetery Landscape Associate

Greg Topscher is an associate of the Naval Cemetery Landscape (NCL). He is responsible for connecting visitors to the natural and man-made history of the space, as well as working to maintain the delicate ecosystem of a reclaimed meadow and help it thrive.

He comes from a writing and art background and previously wrote and edited guides to the National Parks and Forests. He’s an enthusiastic amateur naturalist who grew up studying the birds at the backyard feeder. Prior to joining NCL Greg worked as Copy Editor and Writer for American Park Network. Greg is an owner and operator of a cut-paper stationery company and he has a Bachelor’s in English from The College of William and Mary.


  • Lily Kinner, Naval Cemetery Landscape Associate

Lily Kinner is an associate of the Naval Cemetery Landscape (NCL). She is responsible for nurturing the desirable indigenous and cultivated plants in the NCL, providing information on the historical and modern significance of the space to visitors, and tracking species growth patterns and diversity within the space.

She grew up on a small farm in upstate New York, and reconnected with her horticultural roots several years ago after a career in the footwear and fashion industries. She is now a freelance landscape designer and gardener based in Brooklyn.



Administrative Support

Charles Rubin, Information Technology

Ten Key Pros, Bookkeeping and Accounting