Put your hands together and say, “welcome,” to Ayanna Behin and John Kline, the newest members of the board at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.
Mark Baker, chairman of the Conservancy, announced the appointments at the April 27 board meeting.
“We’re excited to have elected two new members today — both of which bring something unique to the board,” Baker said. “Ayanna’s legal expertise and passionate activism, and John’s commitment to the Brooklyn community will be great assets to the Conservancy.”
Ayanna has been an attorney for 15 years, having worked for Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, Schwartz & Thomashower LLP, and other New York City-based firms. She is a mediator, trained by the New York Peace Institute, and actively engaged in conflict resolution between individuals and within organizations, as well as a member of the District 13 Community Education Council, and has been a PTA officer and member for the past six years at Arts & Letters kindergarten–eight public school.
“I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to advance the Conservancy’s mission, and serve the wider public,” she said
John is a veteran of the magazine industry and most recently served as managing editor of Us Weekly for the better part of a decade. He previously worked as the managing editor of MBA Jungle and JD Jungle magazines, and as assistant managing editor at New York Magazine, following previous stints at other publications including The Chicago Reader.
“I have been following Brooklyn Bridge Park’s creation, design, and progress from an idea to a world-class park with tremendous enthusiasm for many years, and it is an honor to join the Conservancy’s Board of Directors,” he explained. “I’m excited to get to work assisting with the group’s commitment to creative and dynamic educational, cultural, and recreational programs and events in the park for all New Yorkers, and I look forward to helping expand its presence in the community at large.”
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy [334 Furman St. at Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 802–0603].