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Staff

Robin-Eve Jasper

2014 Headshot_REJRobin-Eve Jasper is President of the NoMa BID. With a passion for improving lives by getting projects done in real time, she often works 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, D.C.; commercial development experience; 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.

Before coming to NoMa, Robin-Eve served as Director of Washington, DC’s Department of Real Estate Services. Robin-Eve has been active in NoMa for many years, and helped establish the NoMa BID in 2007. When she rejoined the organization in 2011, she quickly recognized the need for green spaces in the rapidly developing neighborhood. She spearheaded the NoMa Public Realm Design Plan to showcase how creative parks and well-planned spaces could improve NoMa, then helped found the NoMa Parks Foundation. She continues to advocate for NoMa to become an ever more vibrant and delightful place.

Contact Robin-Eve Jasper
202-810-0082

Phil Kotiza

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 the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer; prior to 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. 

Contact Phil Kotiza
202-810-0093

Galin Brooks

Kittner_20130411_2057Galin 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 a planner and avid open space advocate 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, she focuses on helping the NoMa area continue to prosper as a healthy, vibrant and strong community.

Contact Galin Brooks
202-810-0087

Stacie West

Swest Headshot_websizeStacie 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 oversaw development of the comprehensive Play DC Parks and Recreation Master Plan and orchestrated an initiative to renovate all city-owned playgrounds. She managed over a dozen capital projects from start to finish, from design charrettes to 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 Master 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.

Contact Stacie West
202-810-0091

 

Braulio Agnese

Braulio Agnese is the Director of Marketing and Events for the NoMa BID, where he cultivates creative strategies, essential partnerships, and inventive programming that enhance the neighborhood; oversees the development and implementation of the BID’s brand across a variety of assets; and manages all communications efforts and media relations. A longtime communications professional with a passion for urban life, design and culture, and the built environment, he has enjoyed a wide-ranging career including stints at Architect magazine, where he was a founding editor, and the arts-focused Dupont Underground nonprofit, where he served as managing and creative director. A graduate of St. John’s College (Annapolis campus) with a B.A. in Liberal Arts, Braulio has called the District home since the early 1990s.

Contact Braulio Agnese

202-810-0088

Diego Gonzalez-Zuniga

Diego Gonzalez-Zuniga is the NoMa BID Marketing & Events Manager. He received his B.A. from the Florida State University with a minor in Communication. He spent seven years working in retail operations and opening international stores for major fashion brands, then another two years in a corporate marketing role with one of the world’s leading shopping center developers. He has created engaging marketing campaigns, planned events, and led social and digital media strategy. In NoMa, Diego promotes the neighborhood through strategic marketing partnerships and community events. Originally from Florida, Diego moved to DC in 2011 and considers the District home. When not in the office, he works on his DC-based men’s lifestyle and fashion blog, travels, and attends food and lifestyle events around the city.

Contact Diego Gonzalez-Zuniga
202-810-0092

 

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown is the Director of Public Space Operations for the NoMa BID. Jeff served as a member of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., for more than 25 years and ascended to the rank Commander of the First District. Jeff has successfully partnered with various federal and local government agencies on a variety of projects. During his tenure, he received extensive training in several programs, including the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program, and the FEMA National Incident Management System. Jeff holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland in Business Management. Leisure time for Jeff involves sports activities and outdoor adventures.

Contact Jeff Brown
202-810-0083

 

Benjamin Rickelman

BenR_bestwebsiteBenjamin 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 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.

Contact Benjamin Rickelman
202-810-0094

J. Otavio Thompson

Kittner_20130411_1957J. 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 eight years as a Satellite Communications Network Coordinator. Otavio has a bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from the University of Maryland.

 

Contact J. Otavio Thompson
202-810-0085 (office) 202-423-9283  (cell)

Rachid Rabbaa

Rachid Rabbaa is the Business Manager. His responsibilities include accounting, office management, and administrative support to the BID president. Prior to joining NoMa BID, Rachid served as a Grant Administrator for the Fund for Global Human Rights, supporting human rights organizations in three regions of Africa – North Africa, West Africa, and the Great Lakes. He also served as a Director of Financial Aid and Registrar at ITT Technical Institute in Oakland, CA, managing financial aid programs including Pell Grants, work study, federal and private student loans, and scholarships. Rachid holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Finance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  He enjoys international travel, visiting a different country every year with his wife, Lucy.

Contact Rachid Rabbaa
202-289-0011

 

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NoMa Hospitality Ambassadors

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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 four 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.

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

Phone: 202-289-0111
Fax: 202-289-0113

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