Executive Summary

Extensive and multi-faceted experience in community and economic development planning, administration and leadership. A forward thinking, flexible and innovative leader with strong team-building skills and the ability to manage a diverse set of operations, projects and programs. An entrepreneurial spirit adept at taking on new challenges and responsibilities. Focused on building a strong and stable organization.

Work Experience

Consultant, Wendell & Associates, New York, NY

10/2009 – Present

Planning, community and economic development consultants specializing in:

  • Economic development including business recruitment and retention

  • Strategic Planning;

  • Project implementation and administration;

  • BID/special services district feasibility, formation, analysis and implementation;

  • Historic preservation and mixed use redevelopment;

  • Land development feasibility analysis;

  • Land conservation – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service project

  • Historic District preservation and development

  • Adaptive Re-use planning and feasibility analysis

  • Fund raising, Grant writing

Projects in Peekskill, NY; Camden, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Bridgeport, CT; Jaffrey, NH; Gardner, MA; Detroit, MI; Brooklyn, NY; Utica, NY; and, Roxbury, NY.

Executive Director, University City District, Philadelphia, PA

3/2005 – 6/2009

(University of Penn, Drexel University, Science Center, UPenn Health System)

  • Special services district: 2.4 square miles 2009 Budget of $9.6 million, 12 administrative and 73 contracted employees Police sub-station of sworn Philadelphia Police officers.

  • Public safety: “Ambassador” and Police patrols, escorts, homeless outreach

  • Public space maintenance: Street cleaning, graffiti removal, summer jobs

  • Marketing: Events, web-site, banners, publications, media, business networks

  • Planning: Gateway and park improvement, report card, demographic studies

  • Economic Development: Main Street program, retail recruitment and retention

  • Capital improvements: Park redevelopment, pedestrian street lighting, street-scaping, way-finding signage, murals

  • Transit: 10 bus, 2 loop shuttle

  • Neighborhood outreach and volunteer involvement

Deputy Commissioner of Development,
City of New Rochelle, NY

​9/2000 – 3/2005

Administrative oversight of Buildings, Planning, Economic Development, Business Improvement District, Industrial Development Agency, CDBG/HOME, Section 8, Parking/Public Property and Housing Rehabilitation.

Special projects:

  • Waterfront redevelopment (a 20 acre, mixed-use development on Long Island Sound);

  • 920-space garage and multi-modal transportation center;

  • Redevelopment of a former department store into live/work lofts and retail space,

  • 24 and 39 story market-rate apartment buildings, redevelopment of other City-controlled, vacant downtown parcels.

President, Wendell & Associates, New York, NY

1/1996 – 10/2000

  • Community development and planning consulting projects included:

  • Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, PA, with David M. Griffith and Associates (DMG) and Coopers and Lybrand (C&L). Analysis of public housing developments (total 1,585 units) with recommendations for residential and commercial redevelopment.

  • Housing Authority of the City of Detroit with DMG and C&L. Analysis of housing projects (700+ units) with recommendations for commercial and residential redevelopment.

  • Municipal Housing Authority, Utica, NY, with DMG and C&L. Analysis and recommendations for commercial and residential redevelopment.

  • Plan for Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY: $80 million, 10-year plan (capital, operations and programming) for 526-acre historic landmark park.

Community Development/CDBG Director,
Chesterfield County, VA (pop. 270,000)

10/1992 – 1/1996

  • Administered total of $5 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds; 60 projects: economic development, infrastructure, housing, public facilities, human services, code enforcement and demolition programs.

  • Developed Enterprise Zone with state/local incentives. $2.5 million businessloan program.

  • Rehabilitated 200+ single-family units and constructed new single-family homes.

  • Oversaw planning and construction of community centers, park facilities, water and sewer lines, drainage and sidewalk improvements.

Assistant to the Deputy County Administrator for Community Development, Chesterfield County, VA

1987 – 1992

Developed Capital Improvement Program for roads, parks, fire stations, libraries, general government projects ($230 million). Managed community development grant programs; developed and managed the County’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Program.

Assistant Director of Economic Development,
Chesterfield County, VA

1987 – 1988

Directed economic development program, marketed the County; assisted foreign and domestic prospects with locations, inducements, permits, IDBs, utilities and ground breaking.

Senior Planner, Planning Department,
Chesterfield County, VA

1986 – 1987

Developed new planning and development fee structure, zoning and subdivision ordinances.

Comprehensive Planner, Albemarle County, VA

1985 – 1986

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

1984 – 1985

Transportation Consultant, ATE Management Company, Cincinnati, OH


Diplomatic and Consular Liaison, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC

1980 – 1984

(Security clearance level-secret). U.S. Customs, tax exemptions, diplomatic clearances and privileges for high-ranking foreign government officials, embassy and consular personnel.  Arranged clearance of foreign military aircraft and vessels entering the U.S.


University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA


M.A. Urban Planning

University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC

​1984 – 1985

Masters program, Planning and Public Administration

Mary Washington College. Fredericksburg, VA


B.A. Political Science

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