The Fordham BID Business Improvement District, formed in 2005, is a not-for-profit local development organization founded in 2005. Our primary mission is to foster, promote and grow our world-class businesses, cultural and educational facilities, residence and retailers.

Managing the Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID) covers maintenance and sanitation conditions, provide business assistance and development services, security, facilitating the construction of public spaces and streetscapes that promote an active and cohesive community, environmental improvement for existing and new business, promote Fordham Road’s cultural assets and importance and engaging with our diverse community.

Our services

Our BIDs provide supplementary sanitation and public safety services, marketing support, placemaking events at our public plazas, and streetscape improvement and beautification.

Services we provide:
  • District Beautification
  • Supplemental Sanitation Services
  • Snow clearance of pedestrian crosswalks and ramps
  • General Marketing and Promotion
  • Community events
  • Community and Business Advocacy
  • Business Development Services
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Our Staff

Wilma Alonso - Executive Director

Wilma began her career on Fordham Road back in 1995 at the Bronx Council for Economic Development. It was during her time as the Executive Director of this founding organization that she helped establish Fordham Road BID in 2005. Since then she has long been considered the heart and soul of the organization and is known across the city as a fierce advocate of the neighborhood and is the architect behind many of the economic, social, and capital improvements that have occurred on Fordham Road.

Some of her major accomplishments include securing $3.5 million for the renovation of Bryan Park, and securing funding for and overseeing the $1.5 million installation of historically accurate replicas of lamp posts throughout and beyond the BID borders, which at the time was the largest street lighting installation project in The Bronx's history. Wilma has been recognized for multiple awards throughout the years, most recently listed among New York City and State's Power 75, and Crain's Top New York Business Hispanic Leaders & Executives in 2021. 

Wilma also serves as a board of trustees member for St. Barnabas Hospital, and is a board member on both the NYC BID Association and NYC & Company.  Wilma's leadership, resourcefulness, partnerships, and creativity continue to be the driving force behind the direction of the Fordham Road BID.

Albert Dalipi - Director of Marketing, Communications & Outreach

Albert is a systems thinker who is passionate about developing business communities and growing urban ecosystems. Albert joined the Fordham Road BID in 2021 after over a decade of nonprofit experience, including six years at Greyston, where he created and expanded two successful community beautification programs that continue to bring tremendous value to the residential and business community in southwest Yonkers. As a Fordham University alum, Albert is an ardent advocate of the neighborhood who remains dedicated to promoting the area’s diverse commercial corridor and cultural offerings. Albert currently oversees the BID’s marketing and communications initiatives, programs, and other special projects.

Fanessa E. de la Rosa - Program Manager

Fanessa is an urbanist with a dedication to community-centered urban transformation. At the Fordham Road BID, Fanessa helps manage the development, design, and implementation of commercial revitalization programs and services as part of the Avenue NYC Commercial Revitalization grant awarded by the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) in 2021. Before joining the Fordham Road BID, Fanessa worked at the Hudson Companies Inc., a New York City real estate developer, where they assisted on various market-rate, luxury, and affordable housing developments across New York City. Fanessa received a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Studies and International Affairs with a minor in French from Lafayette College. They are a proud Posse Foundation and R.E.A.P. alumnus. 

Addison Poffenberger - Program Community Coordinator

Addison joined the Fordham Road BID as an intern in the fall of 2022. He is a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow in the International Political and Economic Development (IPED) graduate program at Fordham University. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2021 with a B.A. in Economics. Addison arrives at the BID after serving a one-year term as an AmeriCorps volunteer, where he worked providing basic needs assistance to community college students in Minnesota. At the BID, he will assist in developing marketing initiatives and help foster community partnerships to build on the work already being done.  

Aminoul Niass - Supervisor

Aminoul has been with the BID since its inception in 2005. He supervises a crew of 6 team members and is well known in the community as a positive, compassionate and selfless team leader. 

Seedia Jabbi - Sanitation Team Member
Mamadou Keita - Sanitation Team Member
Cheikh Niang - Sanitation Team Member
Kerim Abilou - Sanitation Team Member
Assane Hanne - Sanitation Team Member
Umar Muhammed - Sanitation Team Member

BID Board of Directors

David Rose
Chairman, (Automotive Reality)
Class A
Jason Mizrahi
Vice Chair (Original Product Corp.)
Class A
Bill Colona
Secretary (Fordham University)
Class A
Donald Simon
Vice-Secretary (Monroe College)
Class A
Property Owners
William Colona, Fordham University Class A
Melissa Davis, New York Public Library, Bronx Library Center Class A
Frank DeLeonardis, 2477-2487 Webster Avenue Class A
Michael Hirschhorn, Jenel Management Corp. Class A
Alan Jemal, Jem Realty Management Class A
Samuel Jemal, Fordham Associates, LLP Class A
Storey Hess, RPAI US Management, LLC Class A
Commercial Tenants
Government / Elected Officials & Representatives
Angelos Kontos, NYC Department of Small Business Services Class D
Rafael Roger, Bronx Borough President’s Office Class D
Angel R. Vazquez, NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres’ Office Class D
Khadim Niang, NYC Comptroller's Office Class D
Non-Voting Community Members
Kenneth Brown, Community Board 5 Class E
John Sanchez, Community Board 6 Class E
Ischia Bravo, Community Board 7 Class E

Sidewalk Sale 2021

Annual Reports

2021 Audited Financial Statements

Our Sponsors