Board & Team
We are made up of a small, dedicated team to manage the Meatpacking District’s public plazas and bring first rate programming to the neighborhood.
Lauren Danziger is the Executive Director (ED) of both the Meatpacking District Improvement Association (MPIA) and the Chelsea Improvement Company (CIC). She was also the project manager for the last two years in the creation of the Meatpacking Business Improvement District (BID), of which she is now the Executive Director.
As the founding ED of the MPIA, she has grown the organization from a start-up to a thriving and impactful neighborhood non-profit and took over CIC in February of 2014. Lauren is responsible for spearheading the organizations' overall strategy, fundraising and marketing initiatives, as well as overseeing the operations.
Most recently Lauren was the Executive Director of the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her work in economic development Lauren worked as an international meeting and event planner in the fields of law and finance.
A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in public policy, Lauren has over 14 years of marketing and events experience, and nearly 7 years of economic development and small business expertise.
Jeffrey LeFrancois is the Meatpacking District’s Director of Operations + Community Affairs. In that role, Jeffrey manages all of the public realm services and is the primary advocate for the neighborhood with the City and local community.
A graduate of Pace University in lower Manhattan and from a small business family, his enthusiasm for New York City, culture, and community align with the mission and work of the Meatpacking District. He previously worked in government for Assembly Member Richard Gottfried and City Council Member Corey Johnson.
Jeffrey’s distinctive coiffure is second only to his effervescent energy. His favorite things in life include, though are not limited to: long distance domestic train travel, cooking, entertaining house guests, impromptu foreign excursions, perusing galleries at the new Whitney or the Metropolitan, throwing pottery, or enjoying a cold Kettle One martini, shaken, and with a twist.
Amy Tse is in charge of all marketing and business initiatives. Amy comes to MPIA from the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit small business coalition. A graduate of NYU with a degree in Government Relations and Urban affairs, she is passionate about supporting the efforts of a local business community. Amy looks forward to working with each of the members of the MPIA and brings fresh ideas and vision to an already thriving community.
Mike comes to the Meatpacking District from Hunter College's Masters in Urban Planning program. Having graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in Geography, Mike is passionate about urban environments and systems. As a native New Yorker, Mike is thrilled to be working in the Meatpacking District, one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in the City.
Paul Pariser, Taconic Investment Partners
Cliff Meilman, Meilman Family Real Estate, Vice President
Stuart Romanoff, Cushman & Wakefied, Inc., Treasurer
Jared Epstein, Aurora Capital Associates
Andrew Rosen, Theory
Gary Kline, Highline Stages/CECO
Luisella Meloni, DVF
Jonathan Iger, Sage Realty
Neil Bender, William Gottlieb Real Estate
Doug Eisenberg, Eisenberg & Baum
Jake Elghanayan, TF Cornerstone