Hudson Square BID Staff

Ellen Baer has been the Hudson Square BID’s President and CEO since its official opening on July 1, 2009. She is ultimately responsible for all the BID’s activities and reports directly to the BID’s Board of Directors. Under her direction, the BID has led Hudson Square’s transformation from a 20th century industrial district to an authentic 21st century neighborhood characterized by environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Prior to joining the Hudson Square BID, Ellen developed and implemented public-private real estate partnerships in New York City and nationally for over 25 years. She spent two years as Senior Vice President for Development Strategies at the Tarragon Development Corporation, which she joined after 12 years as a Partner at the economic development and real estate consulting firm of HRA Advisors, Inc. Previously, her career in New York City government spanned 14 years during which she served as Chief of Staff to the First Deputy Mayor, Vice President for Waterfront Development at the Public (now Economic) Development Corporation and Director of the Concessions Division for the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Ellen is currently a board member of the NYC BID Managers Association, advocating for issues of importance to the City’s 76 BIDs and to the thousands of businesses they represent. She is a former Board member of Women Executives in Real Estate (WX), Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and the International Economic Development Council. Ellen holds a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from Baruch College.

Ellen is a big Yankee and Jet fan, a lover of the spoken and written word, and a political junkie.

Suzy Changar is the Vice President of Marketing + Communications at the Hudson Square BID. She is responsible for creating a marketing campaign and press strategy, with the goal of putting Hudson Square on the map by beautifying the area and enlivening the streets, creating a green, connected and environmentally sustainable community, and increasing retail offerings and Hudson Square’s general desirability as a commercial location.

Before joining the Hudson Square BID, Suzy was a freelancer on two projects – the River To River Festival in which she developed a local marketing and press campaign which garnered close to two billion impressions in the last two years, and the International Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences, where she coordinated a three-day business-to-business festival for television executives from around the world. During her early career, Suzy worked in the music industry coordinating events and tours nationally and internationally. Suzy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the American University.

Suzy loves spending time with her Australian Sheppard Fozzy, Yorkie Coconut, listening to live music and has the gift of gab.

Emily Goldstein is the Planning Associate at the Hudson Square BID. She is responsible for all data management, analysis and mapping relating to Hudson Square’s streetscapes and public spaces.

An NYC transplant hailing from North Carolina, Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography with minors in Public Policy and City Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the BID, Emily worked in planning and research at the Times Square Alliance.

In her free time, Emily enjoys gardening, fostering neonatal kittens, looking at art and sometimes attempting to make it.

Corey Kunz is the Vice President of Administration + Operations at the Hudson Square BID. He is responsible for the BID’s operations and budgeting.

Prior to joining the Hudson Square BID, Corey was the Director of Operations at the Citizens Budget Commission. Corey’s responsibilities included oversight of the annual dinner, external events, board recruitment, human resources, and budget.

Corey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in Politics and Education from Columbia University.

Corey enjoys running, traveling and live music.

Jacob McNally is the Director of Planning + Capital Projects at the Hudson Square BID. He is responsible for developing and implementing projects and initiatives to improve the streetscape environment and enhance public space throughout the neighborhood.

Prior to joining the BID, Jake served as a fellow at the New York City Parks Department where he coordinated with internal divisions to analyze program performance, improve operational tracking methods, and support the development of job training programs. He holds a Master’s Degree in City & Regional Planning from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Binghamton University.

Jake enjoys running, jazz and exploring new neighborhoods.

Board of Directors:

Liz Neumark

Chair, Great Performances

Jeffrey Sussman

Vice Chair / Treasurer, Edward J. Minskoff Equities

Steve Marvin

Secretary, Olmstead Properties

Anthony Borelli

Edison Properties

Andrew Foote


Amanda Gluck

Stellar Management

Brett Greenberg

Jack Resnick & Sons

Patricia Klecanda

New York Genome Center

Dary Kopelioff


Christopher Lee

Port Authority of NY + NJ

John Maltz


Daniel Miller

Community Board 2 

Phil Mouquinho

PJ Charlton Restaurant

Angela Pinsky


Chris Roth


Sujohn Sarkar

Trinity Church Wall Street

Jill Salayi

Workman Publishing 

Cass Smith

Cass Calder Smith Architecture + Interiors

Donna Vogel

GFP Real Estate

Dr. Nancy Volkman


Ofer Zer

Oxford Properties Group


New York Public Radio

Elected Officials:

The Honorable Bill de Blasio

Mayor of New York City

The Honorable Gale A. Brewer

Manhattan Borough President

The Honorable Scott M. Stringer

Comptroller of New York City

The Honorable Corey Johnson

Councilmember, District 3

Hudson Square

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