Red Hook Economic Development (RHED) was formed in 2009 by a concerned group of local business owners and neighbors in order to address the issues of a community in economic transition. Board members have lived in the neighborhood between 2 and 20 plus years. They are renters and homeowners; they work in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors; they run local businesses and nonprofits, and are likewise engaged in various other community endeavors. Most importantly they have a passion for this community they call home and are committed to its health and prosperity.
Professional Freelance Musician
“Since moving to Red Hook with his family in 2003, Adam has taken an active interest in the issues concerning his neighborhood – particularly waterfront development and, specifically, the impact of port pollution on the residents of Red Hook. In 2009, as a response to the lack of awareness of these issues in the community and New York City as a whole, he began writing a blog – “A View From The Hook”” – which he continues to use in his fight to raise these issues with members of New York City’s local governments. As a musician Adam has performed in over 30 countries and has been featured on over 70 CDs, as well as several TV programs and movie soundtracks.”
Director, Community Arts Development
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
While at the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Perian conceived and developed a grant program that strengthens the leadership capacities of nonprofit cultural organizations serving low-income communities. Prior she worked at the City’s Office of Management and Budget for ten years, where she oversaw program and policy for the City’s Community Development Block Grant program. A Red Hook resident since 2003, Perian currently serves on Brooklyn Community Board 6’s Committee for Economic Development, Waterfront, and Housing. She has an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Artistic Director, Owner
Steve’s graphic designer studio specializes in motion design and film titles and is headquartered in Red Hook. Together with his wife and two children, he has lived in the neighborhood since 200?. Property-owners, they live above a popular commercial tenant. Steve has a BA in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Executive Director, Co-Founder
Kentler International Drawing Space
Florence moved to Red Hook in 1987 as an artist and soon founded Kentler International Drawing Space, a non-profit organization that promotes and exhibits contemporary drawing and works on paper by local, national and international artists. Kentler also maintains a popular K.I.D.S. Arts Education program as well as hosts a Red Hook photograph archive that preserves the history of this waterfront community. Florence previously served for three years as Exhibitions Coordinator at the Brooklyn Public Library. As a board member of Groups Against Garbage Sites and member of the Red Hook Civic Association, she has experience working on issues concerning the residents and businesses of Red Hook.