About BCL and its co-founders

Greetings!

We founded Brooklyn Creative League because we wanted to give independent professionals, small-shop companies, and nonprofits the tools they need to get their work done: affordable, green, shared workspace and a community of professional colleagues.

Before our daughter, Leigh, was born, we assumed that we’d found professional and familial nirvana: working from home while the baby played happily in the next room with a loving babysitter. But we soon realized the downsides: The constant interruptions and distractions of being at home. The aggravation of spilling spaghetti sauce on your keyboard because your desk is in the kitchen. The hours lost because the Internet goes down. The interminable line at the post office. And the plain old boredom and isolation of the same four walls — day in, day out.

That’s why we created Brooklyn Creative League. Simply put, we wanted a cool, productive space to work in — someplace where we could meet with clients, host a conference call, and make a pitch. And we wanted to work around fun, interesting people who shared our passion for creativity, hard work, new ideas, and a good cup of coffee in the morning.

So come join us. We’d love to have you.

Sincerely,

Erin Carney & Neil Carlson

Co-Founders

Erin L. Carney

Erin CarneyErin has over a decade 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.)


Neil F. Carlson

neil100pixSince moving to New York in 2001, Neil has worked as an independent writer, policy researcher, and communications consultant to foundations, nonprofits, and sustainable businesses. His recent work has 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.

Our Story

We hired BCL member StoryKeep to produce an audio slideshow about Brooklyn Creative League. StoryKeep did a great job of telling our story and capturing what we’re all about. (For real, people: You should check out StoryKeep’s work. They do an amazing job of helping families, small businesses, and individuals tell the stories that matter most.) Dig it: