Montclair Center BID Hires New Executive Director

Jennifer Brown. Photo: Angelito Jusay Photography
Jennifer Brown will become the new executive director of the Montclair Center BID on November 12, replacing Israel Cronk.

Brown, currently executive director of the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership BID in New York, will become the fourth director to lead the Montclair BID, which was founded in 2002.

Brown, who has lived in Montclair with her family for over a decade, has been active in the PTAs at Bradford, Buzz Aldrin, and Hillside Schools. “This is my community,” she says, “and I have a vested interest in the ongoing success and vibrancy of Montclair Center.”

During her 12 years at the Flatiron BID, Brown launched a program that created public plazas featuring free WiFi, food kiosks, and events; created free year-round event programming, and neighborhood networking opportunities; and developed a master plan for streetscape beautification.

“Jennifer is a true gem,” said Gregg Schenker, chairman of the Flatiron Partnership’s Board of Directors, “she is dedicated, caring, innovative, and thoughtful. While we will deeply miss her, we know that she is leaving a stronger, better Flatiron.”

When Brown starts next month, among her early initiatives will be a strategic planning symposium, a listening tour of the BID district, and continuation of the successful programs such as parklets, CenterStage, and Art Walk.

Phil Cantor, president of the BID, says, “We are extremely excited to have someone with such extensive BID experience becoming our next Executive Director. Jennifer will not only enhance the BID’s successes but will also bring an incredible wealth of knowledge and vision to her hometown.”

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