Erin M. Drinkwater, Executive Director
Throughout her career, Erin Drinkwater has dedicated herself to public service as an activist, advocate, community organizer, and strategist. Drinkwater has worked for over a decade in government and non-profits. Before joining the Brooklyn Community Pride Center she was a Policy Consultant working on various social justice issues and with countless candidates running for elected office. She also served as co-President of the Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn. Erin served as the Downstate Director of Pride in Action at the Empire State Pride Agenda; as Congressman Jerrold L. Nadler’s Manhattan Community Representative and LGBT Liaison and as Sean Patrick Maloney’s Policy Director.
Drinkwater has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology: Social and Political Policy, and Master’s Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. Additionally, she holds a Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Sarah K. Hartzell, Program Director
Sarah has worked for social justice and change in the non-profit sector for nearly a decade. Sarah’s work has included anti-racist organizing and facilitation, anti-violence education, reproductive justice advocacy and education, community based research and significant work with refugee and displaced communities domestically and abroad.
Sarah has a Master’s degree in Social Work focused on community centered integrative practice from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Earlham College.
Rohan Plummer, Program Coordinator – Social Media and Outreach
Rohan came to BCPC through an internship from Catholic Charities. Born and raised in New York City, Rohan wants to see a city that embraces and supports the LGBTQ community. His years of experience working with computers and in customer service combines a skill set necessary to create and execute our outreach and social media strategies. Rohan is working to complete his degree in computer science and technology.
Charles M. Hervish, Design Communications
Charles is the President and Founder of Hervish Designs. Charles started his career as a puppeteer and scenic designer for opera and the stage, fostering an understanding of all things theatrical and “spectacular”. As a designer, he learned early on how to create a dazzling and dramatic experience for an audience without spending a fortune. Careers in graphic design, painting, illustration, and advertising allowed Charles to build exceptional communication and interpersonal skills—an ability to listen to a client’s vision and turn that vision into a reality. From a personal designer for Jennifer Lopez, to private parties, celebrity galas, and weddings, creativity seems to be his answer to every question.
Shakhawat Hossain has been working with Boys of Bangladesh (BoB), the oldest and largest platform of self-identified Bangladeshi gay men, for the last 10 years. As a leader of this non-registered and non-funded volunteer organization, Shakhawat is involved with advocacy, policy, networking and community mobilization projects.
Recently, he represented Bangladesh’s LGBT community at the United Nations during Bangladesh’s Universal Periodic Review 2013. He takes deep interest in understanding the intersectional aspects of sexuality, gender, class and patriarchy. Apart from the volunteer work with BoB, Shakhawat is a full time journalist at ATN News, Dhaka. As a Community Solutions Program Fellow under the US State Department, Shakhawat will be coordinating events and communications at BCPC through the end of the year.
Linda Carlson, Social Worker
Linda Carlson is a second year graduate student in Clinical Social Work at Silberman School of Social Workers at Hunter College in East Harlem. Linda moved to New York from San Francisco three years ago where she worked in the non-profit sector for over two decades serving vulnerable populations such as women, youth, children, and the LGBT population. Linda is currently providing community services to LGBT seniors in the Elder PRIDE program at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center.
Emma Mishel, Development Intern
Born and raised in Las Vegas and here straight (no pun intended) from San Francisco, Emma Mishel is a recent Brooklyn transplant. She conducts research for Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s Development Department, where she advises donor stewardship and helps determine strategies for prospect engagement and cultivation. Emma has over four years’ experience working in the nonprofit sector at three different organizations, and she has published several works in different publications and online magazines. Emma obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Literary Journalism, minor in Film and Media Studies, from the University of California, Irvine in 2008, graduating with cum laude honors.
Emma is currently pursuing a Master’s of Sociology at New York University in Applied Quantitative Research (expected 2014). Her research interests include queer studies, the family, inequality, gender and sexuality, film and media, and her passion lies in working with and helping the LGBTQ community. She feels very fortunate to be a part of the small but mighty BCPC team.