Long time ED of the Franklin Boulevard Partnership moving on to new challenges.
(July 25, 2016) – Located along Franklin Boulevard in South Sacramento,
The Franklin Boulevard Business Association (‘Association’) and, its
sister organization, the Franklin Neighborhood Development Corporation
(‘Corporation’) announced today that they are actively seeking a new
After nearly four years, Marti
Brown recently resigned from her post to accept a position in Southern
California as the new Community Development Director of the City of
“We’re sad to see Marti leave the business
district. But we will continue to build on the strong urban planning and
community and economic development framework that the Association
initiated more than three years ago with Dr. Jesus Hernandez and the
Executive Director. Marti’s leaving the Association, but that doesn’t
mean that our work is done! We’re going to stay the same course that we
started,” Commented Mike Bokan, Association and Corporation Board
President and owner of Bokan Bros.
spring of 2013, the Association launched an ambitious initiative to
research and prepare its own Strategic Plan (‘Plan’) with Dr. Jesus
Hernandez, a Sociologist from UC Davis. More than three years later, the
Plan is nearly complete and outlines a series of bold strategies to
revitalize the business district and bring it into the 21st Century
including a new streetscape, new park, neighborhood shuttle, energy
audits and retrofits of both commercial and residential buildings,
increasing access to health care, ‘green’ cradle to career pathways, and
affordable housing, just to name a few.
the news of Ms. Brown’s resignation, Jorge Plasencia, Association and
Corporation Vice-President and La Esperanza Bakery and Deli owner, had
this to say: “It’s unfortunate that we’re losing Marti at this critical
time when we’ve made so much progress in the past couple of years.
Still, I’m excited about the Association’s direction and I’m confident
that with the right Executive Director we will keep the momentum going
to implement the District’s forthcoming Strategic Plan.”
Strategic Plan is due later this fall. Dr. Hernandez and Marti Brown
will continue to work together remotely to complete it in a timely
manner. In addition, Marti will continue to consult to and on behalf of
the Association while working with the City of Sacramento on Franklin
Boulevard’s new streetscape project to be launched later this year.
have really enjoyed working with the Board of Directors. I’m especially
proud of their leadership on this forward thinking Plan for the
business district. I’m also pleased that I will continue to be involved
in completing the Strategic Plan and consulting on the new streetscape.
There are many exciting projects underway in the business district. The
new Executive Director will have a tremendous opportunity to expand on
the powerful community and economic development work the Board of
Directors and Dr. Hernandez have already initiated,” commented Marti
Brown, outgoing Executive Director.
A copy of the job announcement and description is available here.