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ABOUT Us

 

Learn about BCL & its cofounders, and how our coworking space in Gowanus began

We founded Brooklyn Creative League because we wanted to give independent professionals, small-shop companies, and nonprofits the tools they need to get their work done: affordable, green, shared office space, and a community of professional colleagues.

Before our daughter was born, we assumed that we’d found professional and familial nirvana: working from home while the baby played happily in the next room with a loving babysitter. But we soon realized the downsides: The constant interruptions and distractions of being at home. The aggravation of spilling spaghetti sauce on your keyboard because your desk is in the kitchen. The hours lost because the Internet goes down. The interminable line at the post office. And the plain old boredom and isolation of the same four walls — day in, day out.

That’s why we created Brooklyn Creative League. We wanted more than a temporary workspace. We wanted a cool, Brooklyn shared office space to work in — a coworking space where we could meet with clients, host a conference call, and make a pitch. And we wanted to co-work around fun, interesting people who shared our passion for creativity, hard work, new ideas, and a good cup of coffee in the morning.

So come join us. We’d love to have you.

Sincerely,
Erin Carney & Neil Carlson
Co-Founders

 

Erin Carney

Erin has over two decades of experience as a senior manager and consultant to nonprofits. Before moving to Brooklyn in 2001, Erin was executive director of Literacy Volunteers of America — National Capital Area — a job that, to this day, warms her heart just thinking of it. Since then, Erin has worked as a fundraiser and management consultant specializing in helping small, community-based nonprofits grow to achieve their full potential. Erin was born and raised in the California Bay Area. She earned a degree in Economics, with minors in Philosophy and Women’s Studies, at California State University, Chico. After a few years in San Francisco, she went to Harare, Zimbabwe, where she volunteered at Kunzwana Women’s Association, an indigenous organization serving women on the commercial farms. (Small aside: This is where she met Neil.)

Neil Carlson

After moving to New York in 2001, Neil worked as an independent writer, policy researcher, and communications consultant to foundations, nonprofits, and sustainable businesses. His work focused on developing business and investment models that embody the principles of local ownership, environmental sustainability, and fairness for owners, customers, vendors, and contractors. Neil was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from Kenyon College in Ohio, he moved to southwest Louisiana, where he worked as an organizer for Service Employees International Union and gained an appreciation for catfish po’ boys and drive-thru margarita stands. Afterward, Neil spent a year doing cooperative housing development in Harare, Zimbabwe, where he met Erin. Before launching his consulting practice, Neil worked as the Director of Communications for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.