Co-Founders

Meg Fellerath is BGI’s Director of Programs and Operations. Originally from western North Carolina, Meg has lived in Brooklyn for the past 15 years. Her earlier work in the non-profit field focused on experiential education and tour/travel program management. When she’s not exploring the city, Meg can often be found hiking in the Adirondacks. Meg serves on the board of the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust and is an active member of her community garden.

Brian McCormick is BGI’s Director of Development and Administration. Brian hails from Mystic, CT, 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. Brian is on the board of the Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association.

Milton Puryear manages project development, working 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.

Programs and Administration

  • Harry Kaplan, Information Technology
  • Olivia Lynch, Program Manager
  • Melanie Roberts, Graphic Design
  • TancilTown Media, Web Development
  • Ten Key Pros, Bookkeeping and Accounting

Partners

Throughout the planning process for the greenway, BGI has negotiated for and secured property commitments from both public agencies and private owners. Public contributors to the greenway right-of-way are:

  • 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

BGI also works closely with many other government and civic partners, including:

  • 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 Horticultural Society of New York
  • The Green School
  • Red Hook Community Justice Center
  • And more…

Board of Directors
  • Noah Budnick, Treasurer
  • Michael Cairl, Chairman
  • Laurie Ginsberg
  • Sharelle Hicks
  • Robert A. Levine, Secretary
  • Gregory T. O’Connell
  • Robert Pirani
  • Michael Porto
  • Milton Puryear
  • Joseph Vance, AIA