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

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.

Employment

We’re hiring!

The BID is looking for an economic development and planning manager. Learn about the position and how to apply at the link below.

STAFF

Robin-Eve Jasper

President

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

Phil Kotiza

Chief Financial Officer

Phil oversees all financial matters pertaining to the NoMa BID and the NoMa Parks Foundation, and has decades of experience in accounting, auditing, contract administration, and systems implementations. He begrudgingly enjoys working out, but Phil really enjoys his family, cooking, wine, and his Maine Coon cat.

 
(202) 810-0093

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

Rachid Rabbaa

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

Braulio Agnese

Marketing & Events Director

Braulio cultivates creative strategies and inventive programming that enhance the neighborhood; oversees the BID’s brand across a variety of assets; and manages communications efforts and media relations. A longtime D.C. resident with a passion for urban life, design, and culture, he has enjoyed a wide-ranging career, including stints at Architect magazine and the arts-focused Dupont Underground nonprofit.


(202) 810-0088

Galin Brooks

Planning & Economic Development Director

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

Jeff Brown

Director of Public Space Operations

Jeff oversees the friendly Hospitality Ambassador team, works with the homeless population, and manages the Clean Team, which ensures the BID’s sidewalks and public spaces sparkle. During his previous, 25-year tenure at D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department, Jeff partnered with federal and local agencies and achieved the rank Commander of the First District. In his leisure time, he participates in outdoor adventures and sports.


(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

Benjamin Rickelman

Economic Research Associate

Benjamin delves daily into NoMa data, including financial projections, demographic research, and the NoMa BID biannual assessment. Previously, he implemented program evaluations for the Department of Energy and researched economic data for labor force changes. Benjamin has a strong interest in economic development and enjoys being a D.C. resident.

 
(202) 810-0094

Lia Seremetis

Marketing & Events Manager

Lia has a passion for community-building and can turn a vision into an event or a campaign while also elevating a cause and engaging the public. She combines her skills at the BID to grow audiences for neighborhood gatherings of every size. Lia developed a love for D.C. after moving here in 2010. Since then, she has worked on community events across all four city quadrants. Previously, she was at The Raben Group, a public affairs and strategic communications firm.


(202) 810-0092

AMBASSADORS

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.

Michele Hydier

Hospitality Ambassador

Michele joined the team in mid-2014 and now serves as an on-call Hospitality Ambassador. She enjoys being with her son, exercising, and walking around town as much as possible.

Tim Stringer

Hospitality Ambassador

Tim Stringer joined the team in early 2016 as a full-time Hospitality Ambassador. Tim is a D.C. native and enjoys reading, sports, and keeping fit.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Executive Committee

Chair:
Douglas M. Firstenberg

StonebridgeCarras

Vice Chair:
Charles "Sandy" Wilkes

The Wilkes Company

Treasurer:
Deborah A. Cowan

NPR

Secretary:
Michael Smith

The Washington Center

Brigg Bunker

Foulger-Pratt

John Gordon

Polinger Shannon & Luchs

Board Members

Dave Bevirt

Brookfield Office Properties

Brigg Bunker

Foulger-Pratt

Deborah A. Cowan

NPR

Douglas M. Firstenberg

StonebridgeCarras

Charles Garner II

The CIM Group

John Gordon

Polinger Shannon & Luchs

Thomas James

General Services Administration

Matt Liddle

REI

Matthew Robinson

MRP Realty

Michael Smith

The Washington Center

David Tuchmann

Akridge

Andrew VanHorn

JBG Smith

Robert Ward

Skanska

Adam Warren

Harris Teeter

Charles "Sandy" Wilkes

The Wilkes Company

Rodney Moulden

General Services Administration
(Staff to Commissioner James)

ADMINISTRATIVE DOCUMENTS

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.

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