Floyd has been an organizational leader, teacher, author, consultant, and founding president and CEO of a nonprofit organization described by Mayor Mike Bloomberg as “one of the most effective arts education programs” serving New York City. Following over two decades of arts leadership, he was interim executive director for Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, and Apple Arts-NYC, for which he facilitated a merger with another nonprofit organization.
Floyd has been an affiliate consultant for the Support Center | Partnership in Philanthropy for which he participated in a community of practice around interim executive leadership; served on the virtual faculty for 501(c)(3) University; and was a founding partner of Rumohr and Clarke Nonprofit Consulting for which he developed online resources for nonprofit organizations and emerging leaders. He was the first among his peers at Temple University to receive a Master of Fine Arts under fellowship in 1988 and he received numerous merit scholarships as an undergraduate at Wayne State University.
He was recently awarded the 2019 Plug’d Award of Excellence from Haitian-American Community Coalition (HCC), 2019 Gay City News Impact Award, 2018 Outstanding Leadership Excel Pride Award by the My True Colors Festival, and named among Brooklyn Power 50 (2018) and Brooklyn Power 100 (2019) by City and State New York.
Jako Borren was born and raised in The Netherlands. He studied at the University of Groningen, where he received his MBA with a specialization in financial management. For eight years, Mr. Borren worked for ABN AMRO Bank as a business analyst and project manager in business development and customer service regarding electronic and online banking and was actively involved as a board member of a social service institution in Amsterdam.
In 2006, Mr. Borren came to New York to change his career from the financial sector to nonprofit and attained a graduate degree in arts and cultural management at Pratt Institute. During his two year study at Pratt, Mr. Borren established a student organization for arts and cultural management, was a member of the board of trustees of Pratt Institute, and volunteered for several nonprofit organizations.
In 2007, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation engaged Mr. Borren, first as a consultant in arts administration and later on as full time staff responsible for results management and Restoration’s workforce and asset building initiatives as the director of program operations – a position that enabled him to combine his experience in business development and customer service with his passion for community development. Currently, working for Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Jako heads up programs, servicing Brooklyn LGBTQ+ residents. In this capacity he is supporting the Center in its growth, working with the staff and a community close to his heart.
Jere (pronounced like “Jerry”) has been active in LGBTQIA+ nonprofit work for over 20 years in both professional and volunteer capacities. His varied background includes experiences as editor-in-chief of the local LGBT newspapers in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, working in communications for the Sundance Film Festival and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and in event planning and fundraising for numerous Pride celebrations as well as nonprofits like Shatterproof and the Police Athletic League.
Jere came to NYC in 2009 to pursue a law degree. After receiving his J.D. cum laude from Fordham University School of Law, he returned to the nonprofit sector.
His volunteer work has included projects like political campaigns, the Village Halloween Parade, theatre and arts events, and anti-racism programs. He has received multiple awards for his volunteer work over the years and, in 2017, he joined the board of NYC Pride as the chair of the Diversity, Accessibility and Inclusion committee.
Jere is passionate about creating and expanding spaces for LGBTQIA+ people to celebrate and support one another, especially those from TGNC, POC, women, and members of disabled communities. In his free time, he is a huge nerd for comic book conventions, talking politics, board games, and spending time with his husband and puppy.
SahLeem is a creative innovator and concept strategist. His work is interdisciplinary, community-based, and dedicated to the socioeconomic empowerment of marginalized youth and people of color.
For the last nine years, SahLeem has worked as an independent graphic design artist and communications consultant, helping to fill creative branding and marketing needs for faith-based and QPOC communities. He has worked with organizations such as Black Transmen Advocacy, CK Life Health Clinic and The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries.
As a casework manager for St. Mary’s Center for Children and Family Services, SahLeem helped develop workforce programs for low-income juniors and seniors. In 2017 he spearheaded outreach for a national initiative “SAGE Table” at SAGE, a project that brought thousands of people of all ages to share a meal and speak about aging. Most recently, he oversaw operations for the Transilient Road Crew, which toured across 11 states in the rural south, cultivating relationships with transgender and GNC people in a documentary project sponsored by the National Center for Transgender Equality and covered by Buzzfeed LGBT, GLAAD, Huffington Post, Medium and Grindr.
SahLeem is excited to start working as YouthPride Manager at Brooklyn Pride Center. He hopes to build a program where youth feel safe, connected to their community, and build tools to thrive in their professional careers while maintaining their personal identities in a forever evolving, entropic world.
Diana is an advocate, community-builder, and lifelong learner. With a broad background in community-based nonprofit programs, Diana’s work is grounded in person-centered, trauma-informed, and intersectional perspectives.
At the New York City affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Diana led youth programming and outreach, creating spaces for young adults to speak openly about their mental health, become advocates in their own care, and harness their personal experiences to support others’ healing. She also oversaw training and technical assistance for peer support professionals under contract with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She further developed her training experience at Pursuit, coaching young adults from diverse and low-income backgrounds to develop their professional skills, land jobs in the tech industry, and ultimately, to take charge of their careers.
A cum laude graduate of Cornell University and a 200-hour certified yoga instructor, Diana finds joy in DIY projects, spending time in nature, and turning off her phone for hours-long stretches. She is thrilled to be creating spaces for LGBTQ+ Brooklynites to connect, heal, and live authentically.
Martha earned their degree from the College of Staten Island (CUNY) in sociology/ anthropology. Martha was a retail management before settling into social services. They currently advocate for individuals classified as developmentally disabled. Martha is wildly into athletics and music and is always willing to discuss their hometown Brooklyn Nets!
Martha is currently focused on fostering a TGNC civil rights culture built through unification while exploring gender fluidity in the nonprofit space.
Check out Martha on their personal YouTube opinion series TransRadicalRational!
After working for eight years as a librarian at Brooklyn Public Library, Judy semiretired to pursue her passion for teaching older adults and her own writing projects. Her most recent position at BPL was coordinator of older adult services where she managed the services for 60 locations. She had the privilege of placing creative aging programs in many locations throughout the library system in which professional teaching artists train participants in various art forms.
Prior to that, she served as coordinator of digital literacy outreach, responsible for training computer class instructors and bringing laptops into eight branches in Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville. She taught computer classes at various senior centers in those neighborhoods, which led to her starting the Never Too Late to Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults program at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.
Before joining BPL, Judy worked as a librarian at H. W. Wilson, Sports Illustrated, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Public Affairs Information Service.
She is thrilled to be working with LGBTQ+ elders in Brooklyn.
Mona has been a resident of the Bedford Stuyvesant community for over 25 years. She has 20 years of experience in administration with both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
In 2019, she excitedly joined Brooklyn Community Pride Center as a facilities associate. In this role, she is able to fulfill her greatest passion, increasing and providing services and support to the borough’s LGBTQ+ community through original programming and partnerships with other organizations.
Throughout her professional career, she has been consistently engaged in civic and volunteer activities to improve her community. These activities include being a poll worker at the Board of Elections and a member of HER-KING ALA GANTIC block association.
Outside of work, her greatest pleasure is crafting and enjoying family night activities. She also enjoys Broadway and Off Broadway shows, traveling and documenting her travels via photo books.
Ben, a Chicago native, earned a Bachelor of Journalism (magna cum laude) and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at the University of Missouri. As a student, he was a Safe Space trainer and OUTreach panelist in the university’s LGBT Center, as well as a Diversity Peer Educator in the university’s Multicultural Center. In 2010 he moved to New York to work in advertising. Since then, he had the privilege of working with several Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries.
Currently, Ben is a global marketer for MAC Cosmetics where he specializes in communications strategy. In January 2019 he started volunteering on weekends for Brooklyn Community Pride Center and has since joined as a weekend facilities coordinator in August 2019. In his spare time, he enjoys trips to Prospect Park and long walks with his husband and two dogs.
Mya Padilla is dedicated to helping her community through organizing and empowerment all her life. Her first encounters with politics were at a very young age. Her fondest adolescence memories were on the Central Park Boat House union strike lines and door-knocking for local campaigns. It was in these formative years that her passion for the political world and her work ethic came to fruition.
She began her college career at Wells College in upstate New York, studying Political Science. Here she began to help organize adjunct professors by coordinating student body meetings and info-sessions. She was the co-founder of the Title IX Campus Climate Committee, where students (for the first time in Wells history) had direct access to the college’s professors, administrators, and president to insist on Title IX enforcement. She is also immensely gratified of her time as Vice-President of “Querencia,” a Latinx social empowerment group for students, which was the first group of its kind actually to be founded and run by POC. Mya is currently finishing her Political Science degree at John Jay College and hopes to use her experiences to continue to create fair and equitable spaces for all walks of life.
Mya finds peace raising her plant-babies and practicing daily yoga. She loves to use her personal Instagram to share resources and opportunities with her friends and community, so she takes great pleasure in the fact that she can continue to do that on a broader scale with Brooklyn Community Pride Center.
Adrian manages Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s network and all things tech. He has been an information technology and cybersecurity professional for more than twenty years and has worked in the financial services and manufacturing industries where he specialized in identity access management, risk assessment, cybersecurity policy creation and disaster recovery planning before founding Hudson Infosec.
Stephen brings an extensive background in design, branding, promotional marketing, website dev and copy writing to his creative role at the Center.
Stephen has held senior creative positions in the sales promotion departments of several leading retailers including Macy’s, Holt Renfrew, and Lord & Taylor. In his post-retail career, he tackled the brutal marketing worlds of digital couponing and the eat-or-be-eaten arena of eco-friendly, messaged clothes hangers. 😉
Several years ago, Stephen set up his own design shop, and with some luck (and a few connections), he’s made a space for his creativity in the nonprofit world. In addition to providing creative services for Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s website, email campaigns and the Community Leadership & Awards Gala visuals, Stephen has provided webmaster services for nonprofits LoveHeals.org (now part of ATRIA), and the former Apple Arts NYC (now part of Art Start).