Jul 25, 2016

Franklin Blvd searches for new Executive Director

Long time ED of the Franklin Boulevard Partnership moving on to new challenges.
Marti Brown
SACRAMENTO, CA (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 Executive Director.  

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 Arvin.  

“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.

In the 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.  

When hearing 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.”  

The 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.  

“I 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. 

Application deadline is Saturday, August 13.  

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