July 12, 2016
This tour of the NoMa neighborhood explored its growth to date and the exciting parks program currently under way. Attendees learned all the details on the origins and growth of this new and vibrant, transit-oriented neighborhood. They also learned about the pioneering work of the NoMa Parks Foundation and the major parks projects it is bringing to the neighborhood.
Galin Brooks is the NoMa BID Planning & Economic Development Director. She received her master’s degree in Urban Planning from New York University. While in New York, she worked on a BID formation effort for Hudson River Park and was involved in planning projects in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Brooks is an avid open space advocate and a planner with a background in community and economic development. She has worked on economic development projects in a wide variety of settings, including Anchorage, Alaska; Philadelphia; and Western Switzerland. Through the management of BID-related planning projects, her focus will be to help the NoMa area continue to grow and prosper as a healthy, vibrant and strong community.
Stacie West is the Director of Parks Projects. West was formerly a community planner and a Capital City Fellow with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, where she led development of the comprehensive Play DC Parks and Recreation Master Plan and orchestrated an improvement initiative to renovate all city-owned playgrounds. She managed over a dozen capital projects and was involved in all aspects of the projects, including design charrettes and construction management. West also previously worked for the District Department of the Environment creating a public outreach strategy for the 20-year Sustainable DC plan. At the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, she focused on community impacts related to cycling, pedestrian and transportation projects. West has a Master's of Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park. She lives on Capitol Hill and enjoys pottery, cooking, hiking, and exploring wonderful parks. She often walks to work in NoMa.