As Senior Program Manager of Partnerships, Katie Mirkin manages the relationships, systems and services needed to ensure quality program execution, and helps identify new partnership and license opportunities. Prior to joining Interise, she held positions at the Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) and Church Avenue BID as Deputy Executive Director and at the Jamaica Center BID as Director of Economic Development. Katie holds a B.A. in Community Planning from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and an M.S. in Environmental Planning and Sustainability from The New School.
What do I care about?
My professional passion is supporting the growth of entrepreneurs and small business owners, giving them the opportunity to innovate and see their visions come to life. My ultimate goal is to help small businesses become pillars in their communities so that they can create secure jobs and build local wealth.
In 1970 my parents, neither of whom had college degrees, moved from Illinois to New York City to turn their passion for furniture making into a business. The small business they started eventually grew to employ 100 full-time employees; however, the economic recession that hit NYC hard in the early 1990s led to the business shutting down. Why Interise? Because we support the growth and success of small businesses and give them the tools and resources they need to survive and thrive, even through times of crisis.