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Our Team

Staff

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Jesse Tinen Solomon
Executive Director

Before becoming the Executive Director in June 2021, Jesse held the positions of Deputy Director and Economic Development Specialist at SBIDC. Since joining the organization in 2015, She has helped launched new programs for small businesses and job seekers like Red Hook Walks, Plan for Growth, the Industrial Career Pathways Program, and the Core 5 Construction Training Program. Jesse’s professional background is in economic development, urban policy, community organizing, and non-profit management. She has worked for local elected officials and community-based organizations in southwest Brooklyn, as well as international organizations abroad in Cairo, Egypt. She holds an MA in Urban Policy & Leadership from Hunter College and is a proud Bryn Mawr alumni. Jesse also completed the Coro Neighborhood Leadership Program in 2017. Outside of work, Jesse can be found on a hike or rock climbing with her partner in the Shawangunk mountains.

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Wayne Small
Director, Brooklyn Workforce1 Industrial and Transportation Center

Wayne Small is the Site Director at SBIDC managing the Workforce 1 Industrial and Transportation center. He works with several businesses across multiple sectors connecting employers to the brightest talent in New York City. Wayne has an extensive background in workforce development working on numerous government contracts throughout the city. Wayne personal hobbies include cake and cookie tasting he is in search of the best carrot cake and chocolate chip cookie in New York City.

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Micaela Skoknic
Director of Programs & Communications

Micaela runs SBIDC’s programs, including Plan for Growth and succession planning initiatives for worker co-operatives. She leads SBIDC’s communications, including SBIDC’s rebranding in 2023, and cultivating strategic partnerships with local stakeholders and advocates. Her background combines cultural heritage and community planning, as a fellow at Pratt Center and World Monuments Fund. Back in her native Chile, she worked briefly as an environmental and public law attorney. Micaela holds a MS in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute, and a law degree from Universidad de Chile. She is an organizer and steward of 8 Ball Community, a multimedia arts collective and community space championing DIY forms of production and association in Downtown Manhattan. She speaks Spanish and English.

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Brady Meixell
Government Relations & Business Services Manager

Brady leads SBIDC’s suite of direct business services that span access to financing, government incentives, real estate assistance, and navigating government. He also tracks relevant city planning and policy discussions, and advocates for measures that will further strengthen Brooklyn’s working waterfront and the industrial sector throughout New York City. Before joining SBIDC, Brady was a researcher at the Urban Institute where he focused on community development, access to capital, Opportunity Zones, and place-based interventions. He holds his MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, BA in public policy from the College of William & Mary, and is a proud product of Fairport, New York’s public school system. He loves public transit, and has been to all 97 stops in Washington, D.C.’s metro system. However, he has many subway stops still to go.

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Jessicka Duran
Account Manager, Brooklyn Workforce1 Industrial and Transportation Center

Jessicka's passion is to help the people of her communities build their skills and confidence. It was only natural for her to join SBIDC, given the organization's strong commitment to assisting the businesses and people they serve. Jessicka previously worked at a non-profit organization coordinating internships, employment placement, work readiness, community partnerships and counseling. In her spare time, Jessicka enjoys traveling, running and spending time with her friends and family.

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Natalie Camacho
Career Services Manager, Brooklyn Workforce1 Industrial and Transportation Center

Natalie assists job seekers with Career Advisement and Job Placement with SBIDC’s Workforce1 Center. Natalie supports identifying career & educational goals, she facilitates interview and resume building through workshops in English and Spanish and connects with community based organizations for referrals and collaborations. She also facilitates virtual and on site recruitment hiring events for community partners and businesses. Previously, Natalie worked as an Intake Coordinator with a young adult career readiness program. She is passionate about helping young adults be prepared for the working world and access academic/vocational programs.

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Ronnie Zhu
Economic Development Fellow

As an economic development fellow, Ronnie works on projects focused on industrial waterfront planning and small business development with SBIDC. She is currently a master’s student in urban planning at Columbia University, with a BA in International Studies. She has also worked as a brand incubator in a multinational retail company for three years. Her experience working with small businesses during that time gave her an understanding of the challenges that small business face in cities, and she want to continue to support them on a larger scale, especially in advocating for city planning efforts and policies.

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Rashid Baisden
Intake Coordinator, Brooklyn Workforce1 Industrial and Transportation Center

Rashid assists clients currently looking for employment by providing resume assistance, job search coaching, and more. Rashid has an extensive background as a passionate healthcare professional, including work at Americare, and two decades as a dedicated group fitness trainer. “I’m just a ball of sunshine committed to helping people live healthier, happier lives.

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Board

Jeff Lee Romero, Chair, Invenergy

Susan Fermisco, Treasurer, Lee Spring

Howard Smith Jr., Secretary, Virginia Dare Extract Company, Inc.

Irina Constantine, GoExpress

Elizabeth Demetriou, LISC

Mike DiMarino, Linda Tool

Paul Gevertzman, Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP

Stephen Giumenta, Architectural Grille

Alan Petrilli, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Christopher Murtha, Wells Fargo

Alan Sage, Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs

Michael Jeffrey Spinner, Spinner Industries

Mike Stamatis, Red Hook Container Terminal

David J. Sweeny, PDS Development

Eileen Vazquez Thornton, Flushing Bank

Blake Tomnitz, Five Boroughs Brewing Co.