The Philadelphia Land Bank has its first full-time executive director - Generocity Philly

People

Aug. 28, 2017 3:30 pm

The Philadelphia Land Bank has its first full-time executive director

Angel Rodriguez, the current VP of community economic development for Asociación Puertorriqueños En Marcha, was appointed ED for the government entity.

Glenwood Green Acres community garden.

(Photo via Flickr user Tony Fischer, used under a Creative Commons license)

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that all the seats for the land bank board have been filled. (8/29, 2:18 p.m.)
At long last, after its creation back in 2013 and delayed launch near the end of 2015, the Philadelphia Land Bank has found its first full-time executive director.

The board of directors for the local government entity in charge of handling titles for vacant, tax-delinquent land and properties in Philly held a meeting last week to appoint Angel Rodriguez as ED, as well as Steve Cusano for senior counsel to the organization.

Rodriguez currently serves as the VP of community economic development for Asociación Puertorriqueños En Marcha (APM), where he’s been involved in work relating to housing development, community outreach, economic development and food access.

Philly is the largest city in the United States with a land bank — and it needs it, in a city with tens of thousands of vacant properties.

Reporting from PlanPhilly details a three-month-long process behind the appointment, in addition to plenty of positive support for Rodriguez coming from folks like David Feldman, director of the Development Workshop, a local building trade nonprofit; Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez, who was the original sponsor behind the bill creating the land bank; Council President Darrell Clarke and Nora Lichtash, the vocal ED of the affordable housing-focused Women’s Community Revitalization Project.

“He has a sense of neighborhood needs and has no personal agenda about where the land goes,” Feldman told PlanPhilly.

Read the full story

Mayor Jim Kenney also appointed three of his own members to the land bank board: Dominique Casimir, deputy commissioner for real estate management at the Department of Public Property; Christian Dunbar, deputy city treasurer; and Lauren Vidas, a community advocate with South of South Neighborhood Association.

From our Partners

-30-
LEAVE A COMMENT

From our Partners

Despite urgent need, the philanthropic sector is absent from the rental relief funding space

To create good jobs for Philadelphians, now is the time to do everything

Opinion: Costs of the pandemic to local, state governments must be covered by the federal government

SPONSORED

Generocity Philly

Inscripción Doble en Congreso: Lo que trae el futuro

Philadelphia PA

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

Urban Forestry Community Organizer

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA

University City Science Center

Grants Manager

Apply Now

Peer leadership in shelter during COVID-19

Money moves: More than $16M in regional investments

‘What has the most significant impact on leadership of color?’ 16 Philly-area leaders answer our question

SPONSORED

Generocity Philly

Dual Enrollment at Congreso: Where does it go from here?

Southeastern Pennsylvania

Planned Parenthood Southeastern PA

Gender Affirming Care Services Coordinator

Apply Now
Harrisburg, PA

Public Health Management Corporation

Regional Manager, Healthcare and Emergency Management (NW and Central Pa.)

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA

United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey

Senior Analyst – Data Science

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Generocity