Robin-Eve Jasper is President of the NoMa BID. With a passion for issues at the intersection of public policy and private investment, Robin-Eve’s career includes working as a corporate attorney and lobbyist in New York and Washington DC, commercial development experience in Washington DC, a leadership role at DC’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable rental housing, and providing real estate consulting services to governments and educational institutions nationwide.
Recently, Robin-Eve served as Director of Washington, DC’s Department of Real Estate Services where she oversaw eradication of a backlog of hundreds of million of dollars of capital projects, and developed and implemented cutting edge space utilization standards. Robin-Eve conceived of and implemented the public private partnership for the redevelopment of the former Washington Star print planting at 200 Eye Street SE, which received several 2012 “Deal of the Year” awards from local and national entities.
Robin-Eve has been active in NoMa for many years. She worked as part of the successful coalition to see the shuttered McKinley Technology High School re-opened as the District’s premier technology high school. Robin-Eve represented the development firm of Greenebaum and Rose in NoMa transactions as well as on the NoMa Stakeholders Coalition. In 2007, Robin-Eve was a consultant to the NoMa Improvement Association, working on establishing the NoMa Business Improvement District.
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Phil Kotiza is the Chief Operating Officer. He is involved in all matters undertaken by the NoMa BID and the NoMa Parks Foundation. Phil has many years of experience in accounting, auditing, contract administration, ethics and compliance, strategic planning, acquisitions and divestitures, and systems implementations.
Prior to joining NoMa, Phil worked for Noblis, Inc. as the Corporate Controller and then as the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer — and before that, he worked for Kaiser Group International (Kaiser Engineers) and Westinghouse Defense Systems. He holds a B.A. and M.B.A from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He begrudgingly enjoys working out and really enjoys his family, cooking, food, wine, and his Maine Coon cat.
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Galin Brooks is the NoMa BID Planning & Economic Development Director. She received her master’s degree in Urban Planning from New York University. While in New York, she worked on a BID formation effort for Hudson River Park and was involved in planning projects in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Galin is an avid open space advocate and a planner with a background in community and economic development. She has worked on economic development projects in a wide variety of settings, including Anchorage, Alaska; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Western Switzerland. Through the management of BID-related planning projects, her focus will be to help the NoMa area continue to grow and prosper as a healthy, vibrant and strong community.
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Stacie West is the Director of Parks Projects. Stacie was formerly a community planner and a Capital City Fellow with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, where she led development of the comprehensive Play DC Parks and Recreation Master Plan and orchestrated an improvement initiative to renovate all city-owned playgrounds. She managed over a dozen capital projects and was involved in all aspects of the projects, including design charrettes and construction management. She also previously worked for the District Department of the Environment creating a public outreach strategy for the 20-year Sustainable DC plan. At the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, she focused on community impacts related to cycling, pedestrian and transportation projects. Stacie has a Masters of Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park. Stacie lives on Capitol Hill and enjoys pottery, cooking, hiking, and exploring wonderful parks. She often walks to work in NoMa.
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Lee Perine is the NoMa BID Events Manager. She is responsible for organizing and overseeing 50+ free community events organized by the NoMa BID each year, including the award-winning NoMa Summer Screen, Bike to Work Day, PARK(ing) Day, the July 4 Bash, and the Nerds in NoMa speaker series and Lobby Project activation. Lee joined the BID after operating her own successful event planning company, Lovebus Events & Design. She has planned and/or been involved in the planning of everything from weddings to nonprofit events to a two-week theatre festival. When she is not obsessing over details or solving problems, you’ll find her making buttons or hanging out with family and friends. Lee received her BA from Duke University and her MBA from University of Texas at Austin.
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Benjamin Rickelman is the Economic Research Associate. He received his master’s degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University. His responsibilities include financial projections, demographic research, and compiling the NoMa BID biannual assessment. Benjamin has worked previously in implementing program evaluations for the Department of Energy, researching economic data for labor force changes, and analyzing financial data. He has a strong interest in economic development and enjoys being a resident of the District of Columbia.
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Sheryl Augustine is the Business Manager. Sheryl brings more than 15 years of nonprofit administrative and operations experience to the BID. As Operations and Finance Director at 501cTECH, a nonprofit IT organization, Sheryl worked with the staff to ensure smooth internal operations so that the organization could provide excellent customer service to its client base. Before joining 501cTECH, Sheryl was a customer service representative at the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. Sheryl also gained experience working as an administrative assistant at Novigen Sciences, a scientific consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. area.
Although she has Brooklyn roots, Sheryl spent her high school years in Maryland and now lives in Northeast DC with her daughter and dog.
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J. Otavio Thompson
J. Otavio Thompson is the Hospitality and Technology Program Manager. He manages the Hospitality Ambassador program, homeless outreach, and all the technology efforts of the organization, including the NoMa Connected WiFi project. He is a D.C. native and has had a lifelong interest in economic development, urban planning, architecture, and being a part of D.C.’s continuing economic revival. He served his country in the U.S. Army for 8 years as a Satellite Communications Network Coordinator. Otavio has a bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from the University of Maryland.
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202-810-0085 (office) 202-423-9283 (cell)
Contact Sarah Mars Bowie. 202-974-5081
NoMa Hospitality Ambassadors
Robert Walker — Team Leader – joined NoMa BID in 2008 after successfully completing a rigorous three-month on-the-job training program facilitated by Project Empowerment. He typically works during the afternoons and evenings in the area surrounding Union Station. Contact Robert
Thomas Henderson — Team Leader — joined NoMa BID in 2010. A DC native, he was raised in the Anacostia neighborhood of Southeast DC, where he still lives. Thomas enjoys interacting with people on a daily basis as a part of his job as ambassador. Thomas typically works weekends and evening shifts. Contact Thomas
Pamela Jackson — joined the team in December 2013 as an on-call Hospitality Ambassador. She enjoys reading, going to concerts, and spending time with her three children. Pamela plans return to school soon to complete an associate’s degree in Liberal Studies at UDC Community College.
Michele Hydier — joined the team in August 2014 and is an on-call Hospitality Ambassador. She enjoys being with her son, exercising and walking around town as much as possible.
Ibrahim Turayson — originally hired in 2008 as the NoMa BID’s first Ambassador, he has returned to work with us once again as a full-time Hospitality Ambassador. He recently moved back to the U.S. after a short time back in his home country of Sierra Leone.
Michael Woodruff — joined the team in June 2014 as a full-time Hospitality Ambassador after serving as a Clean Team Ambassador for many years. He enjoys engaging in stimulating conversations, reading, movies, and cooking.
Tim Stringer – joined the team in January 2016 as a full-time Hospitality Ambassador. Tim is a DC native and enjoys reading, sports, and keeping fit.
Office Contact Information
1200 First Street, NE Suite 310
Washington, DC 20002