The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership on Monday announced Meredith Phillips Almeida as the organization’s new executive director.
In this role, Almeida will serve as the organization’s chief executive officer for the Partnership’s two entities, the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Business Improvement District and the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project Local Development Corporation (MARP).
Meredith joined the organization in 2007 and has served as the acting executive director since May of this year and as deputy director since 2010.
In this capacity, Almeida’s vision and leadership have broadened the scope and impact of Myrtle Avenue’s footprint, specifically in the areas of food and health, arts and culture, public space and community services, said the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership in a statement.
Almeida spearheaded the renowned Food Access Initiative, which has expanded access to healthy food for thousands of local low-income residents of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill; directed the Arts & Culture Initiative, including cornerstone programs like Black Artstory Month and Temporary Public Installations.
She led the Partnership’s planning efforts on Park Avenue/Under the BQE, a cutting edge program aimed at transforming underutilized public space into beautiful, usable and safe places for residents to enjoy. She is currently directing the development of new initiatives in the area of Neighborhood Safety, as well as Age-Friendly Environments, which will improve Myrtle Avenue for older adults.
Meredith currently serves on Brooklyn Community Board 2’s Youth, Education & Cultural Affairs committee, and on the board of the Greene Hill School.
As executive director, Meredith will oversee the organization’s day-to-day operations, including financial management, fundraising, and work with the organization’s Board of Directors. She will oversee the organization’s program areas: Commercial Revitalization, Business Assistance & Attraction, Historic Preservation, Urban Planning Advocacy and Food Access & Health, and Arts & Culture, as well as direct operations of the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Business Improvement District.
“Meredith has already secured many achievements in her past roles at the organization, and we know that she will inspire and lead key community planning programs and initiatives with great success in her new role at the helm of the Partnership,” said Pratt Institute President Thomas F. Schutte, chair of Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project and the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn BID.
“Thanks to a tradition of strong local leadership, the energy of the district’s small businesses, an appetite for innovation, and a community-driven vision, the Partnership is viewed as a model for organizations across the city,” said Phillips Almeida.
“I look forward to continuing this tradition while working to develop new initiatives that address an evolving set of needs, and to reaffirm our commitment to improving Myrtle Avenue for all stakeholders.”
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