NoMa BID Appoints New President, Begins Exciting New Phase
The Board of Directors of the NoMa Business Improvement District announced today that Robin-Eve Jasper has joined the NoMa BID as its new president, ushering in an exciting new era for the organization.
A talented and distinguished professional with a sterling reputation in both the public and private sectors, Robin-Eve has served as Director of Washington, DC’s Department of Real Estate Services; Chief of Staff for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development; Senior Director at Fannie Mae; and in a variety of other positions in the nonprofit, commercial real estate, corporate law and education arenas. In 2007, Robin-Eve served as the first executive of the NoMa BID, as the Board of Directors was establishing the organization. She has served in all of these organizations with great distinction while providing inspiring leadership. Robin-Eve is also a keen student of public-private partnerships, and is a highly skilled mediator and facilitator.
“Robin-Eve is broadly respected as a person of impeccable character and talent and an attorney who has dedicated most of her professional life to public service,” said NoMa BID Board Chair Bruce Baschuk, Chairman of the J Street Companies. “We are more than excited about this next step in NoMa’s growth and development.”
“The BID has experienced tremendous success over the past five years, earning a reputation for innovation in placemaking and building community partnerships. I am excited about the opportunity to continue the transformation of NoMa into one of Washington’s truly great neighborhoods,” said Robin-Eve Jasper. “My passion is to create a model urban neighborhood – to turn NoMa into a destination that people visit for leisure as well as for working and living.”
Since its inception in 2007, the NoMa BID has been at the forefront of NoMa’s rapid and transformative development, including 8 million SF of development and $3 billion in private investment. During that time, the NoMa BID has become the principal liaison between the public and private sectors, with a seat at the table for complex infrastructure projects and economic development initiatives. The NoMa BID cleans the streets seven days a week, and also manages 100 free events each year, including movies, concerts, a farmers market, and ZestFest, a two-week outdoor festival running September 20-30, 2011.
The NoMa BID staff has been pursuing such key neighborhood initiatives as: the imminent reconstruction, streetscape enhancement and landscaping for First Street, NE; the creation of parks and open space; attraction of major cultural and arts anchors; expanded programming and branding projects; and much more. The team of five professional staff and six ambassadors are energized to continue this important work, and more, under Robin-Eve’s guidance and in line with her strategic vision.
Robin-Eve will assume her responsibilities at the NoMa BID in early October. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Duke University, a Juris Doctor from New York Law School, and a Fannie Mae Foundation Fellowship at Harvard University.
Former NoMa BID president Liz Price moved to Germany with her family this summer, after serving with distinction from 2007 to 2011.
NoMa is a vibrant, growing neighborhood north of Union Station and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. In the last five years, private developers have invested more than $3 billion in the 35-block area covered by the NoMa BID, and have plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space. In 2010, more than 6,000 people moved into NoMa to live or work; and eight new retailers opened for business. NoMa has 15 modes of transportation, including two Red Line Metro stops, and the best biking facilities in DC, with the only East Coast Bikestation, the 8-mile Met Branch Trail, and six Capital Bikeshare stations. NoMa is the most connected neighborhood in Washington, DC. For more information about NoMa, visit nomabid.wpengine.com and sign up for our bimonthly newsletter. Follow us on Twitter @NoMaBID; or Facebook at www.facebook.com/nomabid.