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Bridge Street Development Corporation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide civic and economic opportunities to the residents of Central Brooklyn with an emphasis on low-to-moderate income residents. We do this by building partnerships with businesses, government, and other community stakeholders. Since 1995, Bridge Street has continuously worked to serve the Bedford Stuyvesant and Central Brooklyn community and has become a trusted provider of information, education, housing and social services, as well as a convener of community engagement activities.

Our vision is to preserve Bedford-Stuyvesant and the adjacent neighborhoods of central and eastern Brooklyn as desirable neighborhoods for raising families, owning businesses and taking part in rich cultural, spiritual and recreational opportunities. Our motto, “Building on Community Strength,” describes our core belief that the most effective way to improve a community is to develop and promote local assets, including people, homes, businesses, and organizations.

We do this through five Program Areas:

Housing Development

We create and preserve high quality affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents.

Community Engagement

We work block by block to empower residents to become active citizens, fully involved in improving the quality of life in their community.

Economic Development

With a focus on Central Brooklyn and Canarsie, we facilitate neighborhood revitalization efforts and create long term economic stability.

Senior Services

Based at Quincy Senior Residences, we provide a holistic environment for active seniors to age in place. We offer health/wellness, educational, social, and recreational programming for the building’s residents and seniors from the surrounding community.

Bridge Street Development Corporation was founded in 1995 by members of the oldest continuing African-American congregation in Brooklyn: the Bridge Street African Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church. BSDC serves the Central Brooklyn community, primarily Bedford-Stuyvesant, which has a long history and a rich architectural and cultural heritage.

Read more about what we have accomplished since 1995.

Staff & Board


Edward Odom, Jr.


Phyllis White-Thorne

Vice Chair

Rev. Valerie Kendrick-Cousin


Abitzel "Abbi" Robinson-Hobson


Joan Bartolomeo

Board Member

Sowonee Duworko

Board Member

Drexel Harris

Board Member

Fitzgerald Miller

Board Member

Niles D. Stewart

Board Member

Rev. David B. Cousin, Sr.

Board Member

Tamara Charles

Board Member

Senior Staff


Gregory Anderson

President & CEO

Oma Holloway

Chief Operating Officer

Paul Kress

VP of Real Estate and Social Impact Projects

Luther Flurry

Chief Financial Officer

Donald Moore

Finance Director

Sidda Philip

Program Director, Youth Workforce Programs

Kesha Harmon

Director of Operations

Shawanna McDonald

Office Manager

Temur Nanikashvili

Community Outreach Manager

Conor Hassett

Community Outreach Coordinator - Economic Development

Tiara Robertson

Community Outreach Coordinator - Economic Development

Michelle Bostic

Community Outreach Manager

Louiza Chirinian

Project Manager, Real Estate

Lynette Battle

Director of Community Engagement & Economic Development

Jamal Harris

Community Outreach Coordinator - Youth Workforce

Sonia Velazquez

Community Outreach Coordinator - Senior Services

Christopher Jeffrey

Community Outreach Coordinator

Shaquoya Pollock

Community Outreach Consultant

Moriah Johnson

Economic Development Specialist

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