Community Board 2 has a paid district office staff of three. The district manager, a position established in Section 2800(f) of the New York City Charter, is Robert Perris. Rob is a landscape architect by training but has worked primarily as a planner. He was the lead author of the Williamsburg Waterfront 197-a Plan, written for Brooklyn Community Board 1 and approved by the New York City Council in 2001. From November 1999 to December 2003, Rob was the parks and open space planner and analyst for borough presidents Howard Golden and Marty Markowitz.
Carol-Ann Church has called Brooklyn home for more than 20 years. She received her baccalaureate from CUNY and a graduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Carol-Ann's professional life has always focused on assisting others with access to community resources, working in education and the non-profit sector before joining the community board office staff. Carol-Ann's primary responsibilites include managing special projects, supervising the planning fellows and maintaining the website.
Fitzroy Searles, an alumnus of St. John's University, and has worked in both the private and non-profit world before coming to the community board in July 2014. Fitzroy's days are spent resolving constituent service requests, managing various board committees and providing administrative support.
Planning Fellow Program
The district office has been fortunate to have had the services of a planning fellow the last four of five years. The planning fellow program was initiated by former Manhattan Borough President and current New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer with financial support from the Mayor's Community Assistance Unit. Currently the program is funded by the Fund for the City of New York. The fellows provide the board with an opportunity to do detailed research in interest areas and so better advocate for resources.
Galin Brooks did a comprehensive revision of the community board's statement of district needs. She interviewed community stakeholders and board members and gleaned statistics from numerous documents. Galin received her Master of Urban Planning from NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service in May 2010.
Peter Furst mapped city-owned land in the district and assessed the viablity of converting the lots into public open space. His assesment revealed that none of the lots are large enough to make conversion feasible. Peter graduated from Pratt Institute in May 2012.
Joseph La Grande analyzed the distribution of elementary age population in the district and compared it to existing school seats. Joe's research showed a critical need for an elementary school in Downtown Brooklyn. He earned his graduate degree from Pratt Institute in December 2013.
Erin Buchanan reviewed census data and identified concentrations of residents over the age of 60. She worked with a select group to assist them in creating a development that will allow seniors to remain in their homes for as long as they are able to do so safely. Erin will receive her degree from Pratt in December 2014.
Continuing the project started by Erin is Alissa Gordon, New York University graduate student, who is conducting additional outreach and developing a fundraising plan to assist residents of Willoughby Walk to develop programming and access resources to support the growing number of older adults who wish to grow older in the place many have called home for many years.