Lauren Elvers Collins, Executive Director
Lauren 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.
Scott Grimm-Lyon, Deputy Executive Director
Scott Grimm-Lyon, AICP, is the new Deputy Director of the Flatbush Avenue and the Church Avenue Business Improvement Districts. Scott is an urban planning and design professional with more than 8 years of experience in community organizing and economic development. Scott has worked with stakeholder groups in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Newark and on Long Island on issues including affordable housing, foreclosure prevention, retail analysis, business displacement, and developing a riverside greenway. In 2011, Scott started his own consulting firm where he has worked with small businesses, think tanks and Community Based Organizations; his consulting work focused on communications, main street management and local economic development.
Scott serves on the Economic Development Committee of the American Planning Association NY Metro Chapter, he has a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He lives in Ditmas Park and enjoys baking sourdough bread, drawing and playing the lawn game Kubb.