Board and Staff

2013 LES BID Board Members


Michael Forrest, President

David Zarin, Executive Vice President

Mark Miller, First Vice President

Andrew Chase, Third Vice President

Barbara Tindel, Treasurer

Sion Misrahi, Secretary


Stanley Amster, Amster Family Investments LLC

Alan Boryk, Boryk & Kessman LTD.

Sundeep Dhiman, 261 Broome Street

Michael Forrest, DDCM Broome Realty LLC

Alice Goldberg, Goldberg Samuel

Mark Miller, 92 Orchard Realty

Sion Misrahi, Rare Breed Realty Corp.

Sheila Saks, Shearl Realty Corp.

Marc Straus, Roman Realty Co. LLC

Barbara Tindel, 47 Orchard Street Corp.

Morris Vogel, Lower East Side Tenement Museum

David Zarin, 86-88 Stanton LLC


Andrew Chase, Café Katja

Niki Federman, Russ and Daughters

Artemis Kohas, MastihaShop

Michael Little, Lost Weekend NYC

Arlene Miller, Ja-Mil Uniforms

Timothy Wong, M&M Environmental


Michelle Slonim, Broome Street


Kris Goddard, Hon. Michael Bloomberg

Pinchus Hikind, Hon. John Liu

Matt Viggiano, Hon. Margaret Chin

David Czyzyk, Hon. Scott Stringer


Iris Quinones, Hon. Nydia Velazquez

Zachary Bommer, Hon. Sheldon Silver

Mauricio Pazmino, Hon. Daniel Squadron

Herman Hewitt, Community Board Three

Nicky Teo, 7th Precinct

Don West, 7th Precinct Community Council

Jason Semmel, Resident


Tim Laughlin, Executive Director

Tim Laughlin joined the Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID) in September 2010 as Director of Policy, Planning and Operations. Prior to joining the LES BID, Tim served as a Community Liaison for NYC Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick. He also worked on a variety of local and national campaigns in addition to being an advocate for senior care and environmental sustainability. Tim graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in Political Science and from the New England Institute of Art with a degree in Multimedia Technology.

Katie Archer, Director of Programs & Services

Katie joined the LES BID in 2009.  As Director of Programs and Services Katie is the direct contact to merchants regarding all BID initiatives.  She has a diverse background in outreach, event planning and marketing.  Hailing from the burbs of NYC, Katie lived in Boston for a few years doing outreach with teens, and was a career counselor and internship coordinator at a Boston public high school.  Upon moving to NYC, she switched gears and spent five years working on luxury real estate marketing.  In her free time, Katie pursues her many passions which include: saving kittens, sampling fancy cheese, perusing flea markets and planning trips to far off places.

Natalie Raben, Director of Marketing & Communications

Natalie Raben moved from Hollywood, FL to NY, New York to attend NYU and found tons of reasons to stick around after graduation. She’s been working in the marketing and publicity departments for a variety of companies since that time; businesses which span the full professional gamut – all the way from music to environmental. Natalie has been working in the Lower East Side for five years and has a deep affection for the neighborhood, including plans of one day running for Mayor of Orchard Street. Natalie’s daily commute from her apartment in Little Italy to the LES keeps her fit and active, which compliments her love for granola and healthy snacking.

Jackson Shaye, Special Projects Manager

Jackson began working in the Lower East Side at Tache, a local chocolatier where in addition to managing the brick and mortar storefront, he held down their booth during the LES BID’s coveted outdoor DayLife event series. Jackson worked with LES BID staff members during this event and sought out an internship with the BID during the summer of 2013. It was not long before Jackson transitioned to Special Projects Manager, a title that sees him assisting with the multitude of community development projects. Prior to working with the LES BID, chocolates weren’t the only item on Jackson’s professional plate. He has worked with multiple community development and education programs within the United States and abroad including Harlem RBI and Save the Children.

Maintenance Staff

Jose Ortiz