Neil Carlson

Co-Founder & CEO

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.

Erin Carney

Co-Founder & COO

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.)

Brittany Bellinger

Community Manager

Brittany Bellinger is a born-and bred-Brooklynite studying Public Affairs and Urban Planning at SUNY Empire State College. She is a writer, urbanist, arts educator, and scholar. Brittany’s passions are centered around arts education, social justice, and community development that serve under-resourced urban cities.

Brittany created and facilitated creative writing and performance programs as a Teaching Artist at UrbanWordNYC. She then joined Writing Corps at the Harlem Children’s Zone where she developed curriculum aligned with the National Common Core standards, coordinated ELA across multiple afterschool sites, and served as a content creator & editor for the online learning center. Currently, she works as a community manager for Brooklyn Creative League, where she creates and curates community initiatives and events, bringing her passions and love for her hometown to the job. Brittany was a 2017 fellow for Kakehashi Project with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Upon graduation, Brittany plans to attend grad school to further study Housing and Economic development.

Jenni Walkowiak

Community Manager

Jenni Walkowiak moved to New York City from Albuquerque, NM five years ago, after graduating from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Musical Theatre. Jenni is a professional event and portrait photographer who got her start giving $20 headshot sessions to fellow theatre majors in the courtyard of the architecture library. Now, she regularly shoots live music and comedy all over New York City. Her photos have been published digitally by Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, and Time Out NY.

As a community manager for Brooklyn Creative League, Jenni coordinates events and creates content for the site's blog and social media accounts. In her spare time, Jenni produces her own comedy show once a month in Williamsburg with her comic boyfriend, Lucas, makes music with her acoustic comedy band "Singers Who Play Chords," and runs marathons. Jenni never sleeps.