About NoMa BID

The NoMa Business Improvement District (BID) was created by the Council of the District of Columbia and Mayor in March 2007. The BID is funded through a special assessment collected from property owners within a 35-block area.

Vision 2021

A five-pronged strategy to achieve the objective of a dazzling, connected NoMa in 2021.

1. Enliven vacant spaces
2. Improve connections
3. Support great parks
4. Broadcast NoMa’s benefits
5. Elevate BID core services


Cleaning, safety, economic development, beautification, marketing, events, and more!

The NoMa BID provides a variety of services to enhance the neighborhood and support its emergence as a prime business location within the District and a desirable residential neighborhood.

Public Space Maintenance

Keeping NoMa City. Cleaner.

The NoMa BID supplements D.C. agencies and complements the efforts of private-property owners to maintain public space between building façades and street curbs.


The BID’s Planning & Economic Development department is searching for an intern. Could you be the one? This part-time position (20 hours/week) will potentially involve a number of tasks, including project research, data collection, mapmaking, and project management. Find out more about the role and how to apply at the link below.


Robin-Eve Jasper


Robin-Eve gets things done in real time, usually at the intersection of public policy and private investment. With varied past lives as a corporate attorney, commercial developer, and affordable housing provider, Robin-Eve now lends her considerable experience to making NoMa a fantastic neighborhood. She has been active in NoMa for many years, from establishing the NoMa BID in 2007 to founding the NoMa Parks Foundation in 2013.

(202) 810-0082

Galin Brooks

Vice President, Planning & Economic Development

Galin is an international urban planner who has worked on economic development projects from Alaska to Switzerland. She is an avid transit and open-space advocate with a focus on community and economic development. Galin is constantly entertaining creative ideas to make NoMa a better place, from bringing dozens of art installations and pop ups to NoMa to a complete overhaul of the design of NoMa’s public space.

(202) 810-0087

J. Otavio Thompson

Administrative Director

Otavio oversees human resource initiatives and all technology efforts at the BID, including the ongoing free outdoor WiFi project. He is a D.C. native with a lifelong interest in economic development, urban planning, architecture, and being a part of D.C.’s economic revival. Otavio formerly served in the U.S. Army for eight years and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Aeronautics.

(202) 810-0085

Tanneka Jones

Finance Director

Tanneka comes to the BID with wide experience in nonprofit auditing and finance management. She spent eight years in the auditing field and then transitioned to a District nonprofit, where she served as finance director for nine years. Tanneka lives just outside D.C. with her young daughter. She loves travel, coaching and volunteering for youth sports, reading, working out, and trying new foods.

(202) 810-0093

Braulio Agnese

Director of Marketing & Communications

Braulio cultivates creative strategies to market the NoMa neighborhood to a variety of audiences; manages the BID brand across print and digital assets; and oversees communications efforts. A longtime D.C. resident with a passion for design, culture, and urban spaces, he has enjoyed a diverse career, including, for the past decade-plus, editorial, marketing/PR, and nonprofit work in the fields of architecture and placemaking.

(202) 810-0088

Kim Ford

Director of Events

Kim aims to create a welcoming, fun community for NoMa residents, workers, and visitors through regular public events. She also cultivates relationships with local businesses to assist their success through event involvements and partnerships. Kim has been an event planner for over eight years and is passionate about building a sense of community for all those she serves. She is an obsessed dog mom to her French Bulldog and lives with her husband in Falls Church, Va.

(202) 810-0092

Dave Webb

Director of Public Space Operations

Dave leads a team of hospitality and cleaning ambassadors to ensure that NoMa is enjoyable for everyone. His diverse management background includes a stint with a historic D.C. cemetery. Dave first arrived in the District in 2001, when he attended Howard University. He now makes his home in Bethesda, Md., where he lives with his fiancée and Otis, his beloved pug.

(202) 810-0083

Stacie West, AICP

Director of Parks Projects

Stacie is the engine behind the NoMa Parks Foundation. Formerly involved in renovating all D.C.-owned playgrounds and developing the District’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan, she has a breadth of experience in planning, design, and public outreach. Stacie lives on Capitol Hill and enjoys pottery, cooking, hiking, and exploring wonderful parks.

(202) 810-0091

Jesse London

Planning & Economic Development Manager

Jesse’s work has been at the nexus of urban planning and economics. He has experience working on both private and public sector projects, focusing on topics such as parking policy, brownfield revitalization, long-range planning, and economic development strategies. Jesse now lives in D.C.’s Navy Yard neighborhood and is always looking forward to the next soccer or baseball game.

(202) 810-0094

Rachid Rabaa

Business Manager

Rachid keeps the NoMa team running, with his focus on accounting, office management, and support to the BID president. His varied experience includes stints at the Fund for Global Human Rights, where he was focused on three regions of Africa, and managing financial aid programs. Rachid and his wife, Lucy, visit a different country every year.

(202) 810-0086


Robert Walker

Team Leader

Robert 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.


Thomas Henderson

Team Leader

Thomas joined the NoMa BID in 2010. A District native, he was raised in the Anacostia neighborhood of Southeast D.C., where he still lives. Thomas enjoys interacting with people on a daily basis as a part of his job as ambassador. He typically works evening shifts and weekends.

Ibrahim Turayson

Hospitality Ambassador

Originally hired in 2008 as the NoMa BID’s first Ambassador, Ibrahim 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.

Pamela Jackson

Hospitality Ambassador

Pamela joined the team in late 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.


Executive Committee

Douglas M. Firstenberg


Vice Chair:
Brigg Bunker


Thomas Archer


Deborah A. Cowan


Berkeley Shervin

The Wilkes Company

David Tuchmann


Board Members

Thomas Archer


Dave Bevirt

Brookfield Office Properties

Brigg Bunker


Deborah A. Cowan


Douglas M. Firstenberg


Charles Garner II

The CIM Group

John Gordon

Polinger Shannon & Luchs

Thomas James

General Services Administration

Matt Liddle


Christopher Norton

The Washington Center

Matthew Robinson

MRP Realty

Berkeley Shervin

The Wilkes Company

David Tuchmann


Andrew VanHorn

JBG Smith

Adam Warren

Harris Teeter

Rodney Moulden

General Services Administration
(Staff to Commissioner James)


The NoMa Business Improvement District (BID) was created by the Council of the District of Columbia and approved by the Mayor in March 2007. The BID is funded by an assessment that applies to commercial property (including land and parking lots), residences of 10 or more units, and hotels.