The SoHo Broadway Initiative proudly named its first Executive Director, Mark Dicus, to guide the organization’s development, sanitation, pedestrian/public safety and capital improvement programs. Mark is a skilled advocate on behalf of New York City neighborhoods. He was previously the Executive Director of the Church Avenue BID in Brooklyn, a diverse community where he worked cooperatively with stakeholders, government agencies and elected officials to transform the district through the installation of antique street lighting, a robust façade improvement program and several significant pedestrian safety/traffic calming initiatives. Prior to joining the Initiative, Mark served as the Director of Finance and Human Resources at PAVE Academy Charter School. Mark is also an experienced tax attorney and real estate broker.
Mark has a JD from Brooklyn Law School and an LLM in Taxation from New York University. He is also a Cum Laude graduate of the University of South Carolina. Mark is a long-time Brooklyn resident where he lives with his family and plays Ultimate Frisbee in his spare time.
Contact Mark at 212-390-1131 or mdicus at sohobroadway.org.
Director of Public Safety
Frank Wessels, Director of Public Safety The Initiative is pleased to announce that Frank Wessels has joined our team as the Initiative’s Director of Public Safety. After 20 years of service, Frank retired as a Detective from New York City Police Department. Following his retirement in 2009, Frank pursued and received a Master of Science degree in Education from The City University of New York.Prior to joining the Initiative, he worked as a Public Safety Supervisor for The New School where he managed the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, guests and all University property.Frank is dedicated professional who is excited to bring his ͞people first͟ approach to work with those who live, work and visit the SoHo Broadway corridor. Frank also enjoys keeping up with current technology trends, reading, home improvement projects and exploring the city.
Contact Frank at 212-390-1131 or fwessels at sohobroadway.org
Before joining the SoHo Broadway Initiative, Karissa worked for two years as a GIS analyst and employee trainer for Google Maps in Bothell, Washington. With a background in urban planning, Karissa has always felt passionate about people and public space. This lead her to pursue a new Master’s program at the Pratt Institute in New York City called Urban Placemaking and Management. Karissa hopes to bring her knowledge and experience with community outreach and public space activation to the Initiative to further enhance the public realm for the SoHo Broadway community. In her free time, Karissa enjoys exploring parks, people watching, and cooking new dishes.
Contact Karissa at 212-390-1131 or klidstrand at sohobroadway.org