Board of Directors
Senior Vice President Managing Director, Halstead Property Development Marketing
As Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Halstead Property Development Marketing (HPDM), Brendan oversees the development process from inception to completion. He is consistently ahead of the curve on market trends and sought out for maximizing value in all areas of new development. Brendan has successfully worked on over 200 projects throughout the New York metropolitan area, encompassing over 2,200 units with a gross valuation of roughly $2 billion. With this wealth of experience, he brings enormous insight to the development process which in turn guides him in each client interaction. He understands both the complexities and risks with each site and believes that consulting and development are both an art and a science.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Brendan has not only experienced the renaissance in the borough but has been integral in creating new markets, especially evident in Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and the previously undeveloped area of the 4th Avenue corridor in Park Slope. A graduate of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and a licensed broker, he headed the real estate development division of Aguayo Realty Group, one of the most successful boutique real estate firms in Brooklyn, before being recruited by Halstead in 2013. Brendan is committed to sustainable design and responsible development through both advanced building sciences and sound construction methods on his personal real estate projects. One of his own developments, Haus 96, was the first multi-family Passivhaus project in the United States, which uses 70 percent less energy and 90 percent less heat than a typical building.
Brendan is an active member of the community and serves on the board of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, advocating for the cleanup, public access and responsible redevelopment of the Gowanus Canal and upland areas. He has assisted in building affordable housing for families in Suffolk County as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
As one of the Top Real Estate Agents in the country Behzad is deeply committed to the neighborhoods of NYC. Having moved to the Gowanus with his family 15 years ago, he feels that the essence of the Gowanus is based in the fantastic community of Artists that make this area their home and choose to create and push the boundaries of perception for the benefit of the whole of the area and NYC’s quality of life. This is why he and his wife who is also an artist in the community chose to come here in the first place and raise their family. He has seen first hand and been involved in many of the projects that are now thriving in the Gowanus and works to ensure whenever possible that whatever comes in the future continues to respect the wonderful mix of artists, makers, creative’s, business’s and long time residents that make Gowanus a truly special place within NYC.
A native New Yorker, Behzad attended Stuyvesant HS and the University of Albany, where he earned degrees in History and Economics. Fluent in French, Persian and English, Behzad is one of the top real estate agents in NYC and his team works throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan in all facets of Real Estate. Behzad lives with his wife and daughters in Gowanus, Brooklyn in a 1800s home he rebuilt from the ground up. He is always available to discuss ideas and projects about how to improve the neighborhood, increase the visibility of local artists and to keep the vibrancy of the Gowanus.
Eve Moros Ortega
Independent Producer and Consultant
Eve Moros Ortega has worked at the intersection of art, film, and community engagement for over 20 years. After working at art galleries early in her career, Eve moved into film production for commercials, independent features, and documentaries. Eve is the Director and Producer of “Made in Thailand” a film about women factory workers in Thailand organizing labor unions, for which Eve organized a major grassroots outreach campaign of community screenings. Merging her interest in art, media, and community engagement, Eve joined Art21 founder Susan Sollins as the nonprofit’s first employee, helping to grow Art21 into a leading producer of contemporary art films, education, and public programs. In addition to Executive Producing its flagship PBS series “Art in the Twenty-FirstCentury,” Eve also co-produced the Peabody-Award film “William Kentridge:Anything is Possible” and helped grow the organization's community engagement screenings to reach hundreds of organizations worldwide. Most recently, Eve served as interim Executive Director of Art21. Currently, Eve consults for arts and cultural clients including the Bronx Museum, Forward Union Fair, and Montefiore Fine Art Program.
Human Resources Director
Marcy has lived in Brooklyn for nearly twenty years. She started volunteering with Arts Gowanus because of her love of the Gowanus Open Studios event. She still enjoys walking into the industrial buildings throughout the neighborhood and discovering that inside is really wonderful local art. She also collects art, primarily from Brooklyn artists. When not volunteering with Arts Gowanus, Marcy can typically be found at a New York Islanders hockey game.
Co-Owner, Ground Floor Gallery
Krista Scenna is an independent curator and gallerist based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her undergraduate degree in Art History & Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in interdisciplinary contemporary art from New York University’s Draper Program. Scenna has worked for the ICA in Philadelphia, the Queens Museum, the Whitney Museum of Art and New Museum of Contemporary Art in various capacities. She was also a 2010-11 Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellow. In addition to exhibitions at BRIC, NURTUREart and Lesley Heller Workspace, her curatorial portfolio also includes site-specific exhibitions in alternative forums such The Old Stone House, Vax Moto motorcycle garage, the DUMBO Arts Festival and SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2015-2016. As the co-owner of Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn, Scenna connects emerging artists with new art buyers. She is also a proud member of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) and serves on the board of Arts Gowanus.
Amy Williams is an artist and arts administrator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her undergraduate degree in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin. After working in the arts for over 20 years, as an art consultant at Dinaburg Arts, and studio assistants for international artists Matthew McCaslin and Enrique Martinez Celaya; she moved into the role of Gallery Director at 440 Gallery, an artist run space in Park Slope Brooklyn. She also proudly served at the Deputy Director of Arts Gowanus from July, 2016 – January, 2019. Amy is dedicated to serving the arts community of South Brooklyn by promoting sales of emerging and established artists as well as creating exhibition opportunities. She continues to actively pursue her own art practice and exhibits her work nationally and internationally.