Monique Greenwood is owner and CEO of Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns, a collection of five B&Bs in historic mansions in Brooklyn, NY; Washington, DC; Cape May, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; and the Pocono Mountains in PA. The former Editor-in-Chief of Essence Magazine launched Akwaaba 25 years ago and is also the president of Akwaaba Properties, Inc., an urban retail strip in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. An honors graduate of Howard University, Monique was the first John H. Johnson Endowed Chair for Entrepreneurship at her alma mater and she is the author of two best-selling books. Oprah tapped Monique and one of her properties as the subject of a reality show called Checked Inn on OWN.
Join Monique Greenwood as she hosts our virtual house tour and scholarship fundraiser this Saturday!
The Community Action Committee is our major link to the affairs and concerns of the community. It recommends organizations and activities that we should support, and it plans initiatives that the Brownstoners sponsor. The committee assists the organization in responding to emerging issues such as: spikes in crime, problems with street lighting, and declines in municipal services.
The Economic Development Committee is responsible for helping to promote the commercial revitalization of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Its particular focus is to broaden opportunities for ownership of businesses and other commercial ventures. The committee works in close collaboration with the Economic Development Committee of Community Board #3 in order to strengthen and coordinate programs.
The Housing Committee is responsible for issues related to affordable housing. The members attend events and conferences that focus on preservation, landmarks, and development. The committee is also charged with our largest fund raiser for our scholarship fund; the annual house tours of Bedford Stuyvesat.
The improvement of the local public school system has been one of the first principles of the Brownstoners. We have sustained this effort over the years through the tenacious work of the Education Committee.