Interim Executive Director
Medina holds a Juris Doctorate degree conferred by Northeastern University School of Law. Since the mid 1980s, she has dedicated herself to social and economic justice issues. While in law school, focusing on feminist jurisprudence, she was able to get women who had served the most incarceration in Massachusetts history, released from prison. Ms. Sadiq was well recognized and was awarded a Nelson Mandela fellowship and granted a full scholarship to attend law school.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Sadiq worked as a Project Officer at the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. She also was the Founder and Executive Director of A Better Bronx for Youth Consortium which provided grants to Bronx youth development organizations that did not have access to such support. During that time she also led a violence prevention organization with over 700 local residents.
Medina later spent some time in the Caribbean, where she honed her craft in the area of economic development and commercial revitalization.
In 2008, Ms. Sadiq went on to be the founding Executive Director of the Southern Boulevard Business Improvement District. There Ms. Sadiq was extremely successful at improving this commercial corridor, making it a local destination. Continuing to strengthen urban commercial districts, Medina is now the Interim Executive Director of the Bedford Stuyvesant Business Improvement District.
As Interim Executive Director, Medina is responsible for overall BID program management, including planning, project and economic development for the Fulton–Nostrand commercial corridor. Daily activities support the BID’s mission to enhance sanitation, safety and promote the BID as a destination to live, shop, work and enjoy entertainment.
With so many accomplishments, Medina’s pride and joy continues to be her children, Garrett Lucien MBA, Jamal Jones, JD; grandson Jahson and beautiful daughter, Princess Jasmine.
Director, Public Safety and Environmental Control
A native of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Anthony Saunders joined the New York Police Department in 1989. In 1993, Officer Saunders was transferred to the 79th Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant where he worked in the Conditions Unit, the Grand Larceny Auto Unit, The Domestic Violence Unit, the Street Narcotics Unit, and the Anti-Crime Unit. His time in the NYPD Community Affairs Unit fostered his interest in the BID – improving community relations by collaborating with local officials, community- based organizations, schools, and Houses of Worship. Now retired, Detective Saunders completed 20 years of service in 2009. In his current role, he works with property owners and merchants to maintain a clean, safe, and crime-free shopping district.
Community Liaison and Administrative Asst.
A longtime resident of Brooklyn, Bernadette has worked at the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID from its inception while working with the Merchant’s Association. Bernadette was instrumental in the community outreach efforts required to move the Merchant’s Association to a Business Improvement District in 2009. As our Community Liaison, Bernadette can be seen along Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenue visiting the merchants, sharing information and fielding questions. She is extremely committed to ensuring that the BIDs goals and objectives are met on a daily basis.