Rodríguez, Dunbar Take Seats for January 26 Board Meeting
Philadelphia, January 26, 2015 – Jennifer I. Rodríguez and Christian S. Dunbar joined the Philadelphia Land Bank Board for its January 26th Board Meeting. Ms. Rodríguez was appointed by Mayor Michael A. Nutter, and Mr. Dunbar was selected by the other 10 board members as the 11th member.
“The Land Bank works toward the revitalization of Philadelphia neighborhoods by evaluating and addressing vacant properties, making that information accessible to the public and potential developers, and by facilitating the transformation of these unused properties into new homes and commercial venues on the tax rolls,” said Mayor Nutter. “For the Land Bank to succeed, we need strong, focused and committed leadership. I am pleased that Jennifer Rodríguez and Christian Dunbar will assist us in this critical endeavor. The experience they bring from the private, nonprofit and public sectors will be of tremendous value to the Land Bank Board. With the new officers and newly appointed members, the Land Bank Board has a terrific team in place to reactivate vacant properties all across the city.”
Ms. Rodríguez is Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs for the City of Philadelphia. Prior to joining city government, Ms. Rodríguez was Vice President for Community Engagement and Programs at Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha. She is currently a Leadership for Change Fellow at Drexel University.
Mr. Dunbar is a Wealth Private Banker at Wells Fargo Bank where he provides clients with investment, banking and custom credit solutions. He serves on numerous boards, including the South Street Headhouse District (SSHD), a business improvement district overseeing more than 450 businesses around South Street, and the National Association of Securities Professional (NASP).
At the meeting, the Board also appointed its officers:
- Chair – Majeedah Rashid, Nicetown Community Development Corporation;
- Vice Chair – Paul Badger, Badger Group;
- Secretary – Jennifer Kates, Philadelphia City Council; and
- Treasurer – Deborah McColloch, Office of Housing and Community Development.
The Board also scheduled its remaining meetings for 2015 for the second Thursday of every month at 3:30 pm at 1234 Market St., 17th Floor.
The eleven member board will meet monthly, as required by the Land Bank ordinance of 2013. The board is responsible for the governance of the Philadelphia Land Bank, a City-related agency that was formed earlier this year under the authority of the 2013 Land Bank Ordinance and the 2012 Land Bank Act of Pennsylvania.
All board meetings are public, and meeting dates and agendas will be available online at www.philadelphialandbank.org.