Board and Staff
2011 LES BID Board Members
Mark Miller, President
David Zarin, Executive Vice President
Michael Forrest, First Vice President
Erica Harrison, Second Vice President
Andrew Chase, Third Vice President
Barbara Tindel, Treasurer
Sion Misrahi, Secretary
CLASS A: PROPERTY OWNERS (VOTING)
Stanley Amster, Amster Family Investments LLC
Dan Bettinger, 135 Orchard St. LLC
Alan Boryk, Boryk & Kessman LTD.
Sundeep Dhiman, 261 Broome Street
Mark Federman, 179 East Street Holdings
Michael Forrest, DDCM Broome Realty LLC
Alice Goldberg, Goldberg Samuel
Bob Levy, Leyhar Realties Inc.
Samy Mahfar, SMGB Broome LLC
Arlene Miller, 92 Orchard Realty LLC
Mark Miller, 92 Orchard Realty
Sion Misrahi, Rare Breed Realty Corp.
Sheila Saks, Shearl Realty Corp.
Barbara Tindel, 47 Orchard Street Corp.
CLASS B: COMMERCIAL TENANTS (VOTING)
Andrew Chase, Café Katja
Niki Federman, Russ and Daughters
Erica Harrison ,88 Orchard
Hans Kerremans ,Le Salon d’Art
Jon Snyder, Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Timothy Wong, M&M Environmental
David Zarin, Zarin Fabric Warehouse
CLASS C: RESIDENTIAL TENANT (VOTING)
Michelle Slonim, Broome Street
CLASS D: PUBLIC OFFICIALS REPRESENTATIVES (VOTING)
Tchiyuka Cornelius, Hon. John Liu
Christopher Dorrian, Hon. Michael Bloomberg
Patricia Olan, Hon. Margaret Chin
Alec Schierenbeck, Hon. Scott Stringer
CLASS E: OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES (NON-VOTING)
Zachary Bommer, Hon. Sheldon Silver
Mary Cooley, Hon. Daniel Squadron
Herman Hewitt, Community Board Three
Lorraine Latuf, Chase Bank
Iris Quinones, Hon. Nydia Velazquez
Nicky Teo, 7th Precinct
Don West, 7th Precinct Community Council
Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director
Bob Zuckerman joined the Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID) as the Executive Director in April 2010, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in the progressive advocacy and economic development arenas. Prior to joining the LES BID, Bob was a candidate for City Council in New York City. His areas of expertise are in public policy, government and community relations, fundraising and management. In addition to his leadership skills, Bob is recognized for his entrepreneurial pursuits, experience with start-ups, and his ability to bring people together to solve problems and forge consensus.
Immediately prior to running for office, Bob was Executive Director of both the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation (GCCDC), a local nonprofit economic development organization, and its affiliate, the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, a new environmental nonprofit organization. Through his work with both groups, Bob advocated for smart development along the Gowanus Canal corridor and developed new strategies for environmental remediation of the canal and its adjacent land.
Prior to running these organizations, Bob was Executive Director of two Manhattan-based nonprofit organizations: the Greenwich Village – Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and the New York Nightlife Association. Bob spearheaded several new initiatives at these groups, and was a forceful advocate and spokesperson for the small business community. He also served as Assistant Director of Development at one of the largest LGBT organizations in the country. Bob graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He then received his J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University.
Bob is also a longtime community activist. He is currently a public member of both the Economic Development and Land Use Committees of Manhattan’s Community Board Three, and previously served as a full member of two other New York City community boards. Furthermore, he has served on the boards of numerous other political and civic organizations. He lives with his partner of 13 years, Grant Neumann and their two rescue cats, Ozzie and Willie.
Tim Laughlin, Director of Policy, Planning and Operations
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, Business Services Manager
Katie has been wearing many hats at the BID since she came on board in the Spring of 2009. As Business Services Manager, Katie is the direct contact to merchants regarding BID programs and services. She has a diverse background in outreach, event planning and marketing. A native suburban New Yorker, 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.
Natalie Raben, Marketing and Communications Manager
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 three 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.
Katie Cannon, Administrative and Visitor Services Manager
Katie started working with the BID as an intern in the summer of 2010. That summer she hit the hot streets of the Lower East Side as an expansion pioneer, becoming well acquainted with the lively neighborhood and the diverse merchants that call it home. She loved the experience so much that when fall semester classes started up she stayed on as a weekend warrior in the Visitor Center, guiding hundreds of visitors every Saturday and Sunday to LES favorites like the Tenement Museum, the Essex Street Market and the often unspoken, but very popular bathroom that is open to the public in the BID office. Now a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, Katie joins the LES BID team full-time as the Administrative and Visitor Services Manager. She handles various administrative tasks and manages day-to-day visitor center operations. On any given day Katie can be found at the front desk happily chatting with LES visitors and helping in any way she can to ensure that the BID office is a pleasant, productive work environment. Katie is excited to be an active member of the Lower East Side community and especially happy to even the score in the battle of most represented name on the BID staff (now tied 2-2 between ‘Tim’ and ‘Katie’).