Lauren Elvers Collins, Executive Director

No usage without written consent of Travis DubreuilLauren leads the BID’s marketing, security, supplemental sanitation, business development, government and community affairs, and advocacy efforts. Her goals are to continue to improve the cleanliness, safety, and appearance of the district and attract an ever-increasing number of visitors to take advantage of the multitude of goods and services the BID’s merchants have to offer. Lauren also manages the adjacent Church Avenue BID and uses this joint structure to lower costs, increase the BIDs’ combined negotiating power, and help Flatbush Avenue be an increasingly successful shopping district.

Lauren was formerly the Executive Director of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, co-founded the Windsor Terrace Alliance, and served on Community Board 7. She created a successful food-promotion program which resulted in the opening of over six new restaurants, launched a one-day Shop Local campaign, and worked closely with elected officials and regional heads of a national pharmacy to develop a new business model to attract a large, but neglected, customer base.

Lauren earned her undergraduate degree from the CUNY BA Program, her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and completed Coro NY’s 2011 Neighborhood Leadership Program. She was born and raised in NYC and lives in nearby Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.

Hope Moriki, Project Coordinator 

Hope Moriki works alongside Lauren as the BID’s Project Coordinator. Her duties include helping to manage daily operations, grant and policy administration, event coordination, and the marketing and promotion of the area as a local and citywide destination. Hope spent several years as a volunteer treasurer for two school programs, worked as a virtual event coordinator, and managed a small business coffee shop. She lives nearby on the border of Windsor Terrace/ Kensington, Brooklyn with her family.

Natasha Joseph, Project Consultant

Natasha has a versatile background which includes working in fields from sales to real estate to entrepreneurship which tapped into many of her skills and interests.  More consistently she has been a management professional having worked in the capacity of both operations and project management over the years. Due to her strong interest in the crossroads of economic development and land use planning, Natasha has earned her Master’s degree in Urban Planning from CUNY Hunter College. As a Brooklyn native, Natasha grew up in Crown Heights and looks forward to working with the Flatbush Avenue BID and Church Avenue BID to help revitalize a commercial corridor she is familiar with.