The Dumbo Improvement District announced it is losing one of its key staff members recently. Executive Director, Kate Kerrigan, is stepping down to pursue other professional opportunities in the city.
The 17-member Board of Directors of the BID is organizing a search committee to find a replacement for Ms. Kerrigan.
Under Kerrigan’s leadership, the District opened the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, and organized the arts and cultural associations into a cohesive group to promote DUMBO as a creative center in the Brooklyn borough.
In the press release issued by the BID, NYC Small Business Commissioner Rob Walsh who oversees all 64 New York City BIDs, is quoted as saying “Kate Kerrigan has made tremendous contributions to DUMBO and her innovative leadership will leave a lasting impact on the neighborhood.”
With the city still looking for alternative funding for the new Brooklyn Bridge Park, the loss of a strong mediator and communicator like Kerrigan is a significant blow. Hopefully the next BID leader continues to bring everyone to the table. There are still years left of controversial development projects before DUMBO reaches the saturation levels of much of Manhattan.