The nonprofit Downtown Brooklyn Partnership named Forest City Ratner CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin as a new co-chair on the board of directors. The group launched an initiative last fall to pay landlords in the Fulton Mall area to convert vacant space above old storefronts into new offices to sublease to startups. Brooklyn-based tech company MakerBot Industries CEO Bre Pettis was also named a chair.
“Under years of guidance by Alan Fishman, Bob Catell and Bruce Ratner, I have seen Downtown Brooklyn transform into one of the City’s best neighborhoods for business, entertainment, and raising a family, and I know the best is yet to come,” Gilmartin said in a statement, cited by the New York Observer. “Bre, Tucker and I will work tirelessly to continue to bring superior companies, jobs, housing and retail to this area while making sure its public spaces serve the community’s needs and desires.”
Alan Fishman, chair of commercial real estate finance firms Beech Street Capital and Ladder Capital Finance, served as chair until 2006. [NYO] — Mark Maurer