David Meade is the Executive Director of the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC) where he works with the board, funders, and SBIDC staff to design and implement neighborhood based economic development programs that provide maximum impact to businesses and residents in SW Brooklyn. Before joining SBIDC, David worked in the private sector as a business development manager promoting economic development benefits to hundreds of clients. Prior to that David served as Program Manager for Empire State Development and helped manage the administration of economic development zones throughout New York. He holds a BA from Canisius College and earned his Masters of Urban Planning from The University at Buffalo. David is a member of the Coro Leadership New York Alumni Network.
Andrea Devening joined SBIDC as the Planning and Revitalization Manager in January of 2013 and is currently SBIDC’s Deputy Director. Throughout her career and across fields, she has worked to strengthen communities and help those in under served areas. Andrea manages SBIDC’s community economic development initiatives including Red Hook commercial revitalization and Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) programs. Her work also allows her to engage in planning and policy related to industrial retention, environmental resiliency, and economic development in Gowanus, Red Hook and Sunset Park. Prior to her current position, Andrea coordinated a workforce development capacity-building feasibility study with SBIDC and a collaboration of Brooklyn economic development partners. While obtaining her master’s degree in city and regional planning, Andrea was a Fellow at the Pratt Center for Community Development where she worked on various community economic development and food policy research projects. Before residing in New York City, Andrea worked for seven years in the field of refugee resettlement in various capacities in both Washington, DC and Chicago. Andrea has a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Mary Washington College and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute. She recently graduated from Coro’s Neighborhood Leadership 2015 program. Andrea is an animal lover and is only a little obsessed with dogs.
Office Manager/Employment Assistant
Jenny Suriel grew up in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and attended Fort Hamilton High School and is now attending Kingsborough Community College. Jenny joined SBIDC in 2009 as the Office Manager/Employment Assistant at SBIDC, where she is responsible for office administration, as well as assisting the workforce team by conducting and processing intakes for applicants, managing our database, and helping with membership and other outreach efforts. She is a certified Notary Public in the State of New York and speaks Spanish fluently. She has a dog named Sheiley with an expensive wardrobe.
Business Services Manager
Steven joined SBIDC in Spring 2015 as the Business Services Manager—working directly with businesses to help them expand, relocate, and utilize all city, state, and federal cost saving programs available to manufacturers. Prior to his current position, Steven worked as a Senior Coordinator for a Workforce Development program in the South Bronx, whose success has since been replicated by the Federal Government as a model to implement in similar neighborhoods across the country with high unemployment. While in college, he interned in our nation’s capital at The Washington Center and has since continued being passionate about doing public work. Originally from Tennessee, Steven has a Masters of Public Administration from Long Island University and studied Mass Communications at the University of Memphis.
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development
Justin Collins joined SBIDC as the Director of Workforce Development in 2013, after practicing law as a commercial litigator. He currently serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development, responsible for community outreach, collaboration with partner organizations, program and organizational development, and institutional fundraising. A resident of Brooklyn for many years, Justin is active in the community, serving as a member of Brooklyn Community Board 7’s Economic Development Committee and the Junior Leadership Board of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT). He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in urban studies, and Brooklyn Law School. Justin can often be seen yelling at the television during various sporting and/or political events, and his spaghetti sauce was once described as “pretty good.”
Jesse Tinen Solomon
Economic Development Program Manager
Jesse joined SBIDC in 2014 as the Economic Development Specialist, providing assistance to the business services programs and SBIDC’s commercial revitalization project in Red Hook. With a background in community organizing and advocacy, Jesse is passionate about community driven economic development, particularly in the urban context. She worked as an organizer on the Obama 2012 campaign in Philadelphia, and then as the Youth Lead Organizer for the Arab American Association of NY in Brooklyn, where she lead youth-run campaigns for immigration reform and police accountability. Most recently, Jesse worked as the Scheduler for Council Member Carlos Menchaca, where she became connected to the fight to preserve Southwest Brooklyn’s extensive industry and manufacturing sector. Jesse is pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban Policy & Leadership at Hunter College. She received her BA from Bryn Mawr College in Arabic Studies. She lived in Egypt for two years and speaks Arabic. She now lives in Sunset Park and likes working directly with the businesses in the community. Jesse recently graduated from Coro’s 2016 Neighborhood Leadership program.
Entrepreneurship Services Manager
Nick recently joined SBIDC as the Entrepreneurship Services Manager to help develop and implement the Plan for Growth Entrepreneurship Series. Before joining SBIDC, Nick worked at the New York City Department of Small Business Services helping minority and women owned businesses bid on government contracts. Prior to that he worked for a nonprofit helping facilitate voter registration in NYC. He holds a BBA in Accounting from Oklahoma State University. In his free time he enjoys volunteering in the areas of small business and individual economic development. You can also catch him early most mornings running in prospect park.
Intake Coordinator, Brooklyn Industrial and Transportation Workforce 1 Center
Ernesto Dominguez joined SBIDC as the Intake Coordinator for Workforce Development, providing assistance with job search and career development to the neighboring communities of the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Although born in the Dominican Republic, Ernesto and his family migrated to Queens, NY as a child. Prior to joining SBIDC, Ernesto worked in the health care industry in various capacities. Ernesto holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Plaza College and currently resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn. In his free time, Ernesto enjoys cooking, dancing, and visiting his friends and family.