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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Reuben Pemberton is the Director of Public Space Operations. Reuben came to NoMa from the District Department of Public Works where he worked as an operations manager. While there, Reuben created the back office process and administered the Mayors 2015 Sidewalk Snow Shoveling Exemption program where he and his team processed over 6000 applications in just 3 months. Prior to that he worked for the District Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, first as the city’s zoning enforcement officer, then later promoted to run the city’s vacant building enforcement program where Reuben and his team inspected 12,000+ properties and generated over $19 million yearly in additional property tax revenue. Reuben holds a Master’s Degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College. Reuben lives in the Takoma neighborhood with his wife, Victoria. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, golfing, and riding his motorcycle.
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Liz Carlton is the NoMa BID Director of Marketing & Events. After receiving both her B.A. and MBA from the George Washington University, Liz started her career in marketing as a brand manager in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry. During her time in brand management, she gained experience launching multiple new products nationally, ran national and local live marketing experiences, and lead impactful and integrated marketing campaigns. Most recently Liz worked for a local marketing agency developing marketing strategies for a variety of national and international association clients. As the Director of Marketing & Events for the NoMa BID, Liz is focused on continuing to provide exceptional services and engaging events to the neighborhood. Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Liz moved to DC in 2003 and now considers DC her home. When Liz isn’t in the office strategizing and planning, she loves spending time trying out and creating new dishes in the kitchen, traveling, spinning and coloring!
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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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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)
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. With 7 years working in retail operations and opening new stores internationally for major fashion brands and 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 lead social and digital media strategy. As, the Marketing & Events Manager, Diego promotes the NoMa neighborhood through strategic marketing partnerships and community events to enhance and amplify the BID’s mission to promote of one of the fastest growing neighborhood’s in DC. 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 (office) 202-997-1825 (cell)
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 3 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.
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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.
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