Downtown Brooklyn Partnership names new President
September 19, 2016
Over the last nine years, she helped transform Brooklyn Bridge Park from an industrial waterfront to a world-class destination welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, and now Regina Myer will take over the helm of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
Regina has served as President of Brooklyn Bridge Park since 2008, and will begin work at the Partnership in early November.
“This was an opportunity I just couldn’t refuse – a chance to really come full circle,” she said. “Now that Brooklyn Bridge Park is teeming with visitors, financially secure and nearly fully built, it makes sense to head back up the hill to Downtown, where I’m ready to embrace the exciting challenge of building on the area’s success over the past decade. Through smart public and private investment – in open space, in commercial development, in the burgeoning Brooklyn Cultural District – we really have the chance to shape the future of Downtown in a holistic way, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Regina’s knowledge of and affection for Downtown Brooklyn dates back to 2004, when she served as Brooklyn Borough Director of the Department of City Planning and oversaw our neighborhood’s rezoning.
“Regina is a Brooklyn visionary and we’re lucky to have her as our next President,” said MaryAnne Gilmartin and Bre Pettis, Co-Chairs of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “Over the past decade, we’ve seen tremendous growth and investment in Downtown Brooklyn – now it’s time to build on that success by stitching the neighborhood together with vital infrastructure, and continuing to advocate for targeted investment in office space to meet the demands of the growing innovation economy in the area.”
At the Partnership, Regina will look at ways to build on Downtown Brooklyn’s recent success, and supplement it with supportive infrastructure, like the growth of the Brooklyn Cultural District and the increased open space development throughput the district. In particular, she will continue DBP’s leading role in advocating for the Brooklyn Strand, a vision supported by more than 40 local community groups that aims to transform the nearly 50 acres of public space and City-owned land that connects Downtown Brooklyn to the Brooklyn Bridge and the surrounding neighborhoods.