News release from the City of Fort Wayne:
Redevelopment Commission Hires New Director
(January 20, 2016) – The Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission today announced that Nancy Townsend will be the Commission’s new director. In addition to serving as the Redevelopment Commission Director, Townsend will also manage the staff of the Redevelopment Department within the Community Development Division.
Townsend took the position previously held by Justin Brugger, who is now City Utilities’ Chief Financial Officer. Townsend’s first day on the job will be February 1, 2016.
“Having been employed by the City of Fort Wayne for more than 25 years, Nancy has extensive experience working with the development community, neighborhood residents and government agencies,” said Greg Leatherman, Community Development division director. “The Redevelopment Commission and I are excited to have her as part of our team working to revitalize properties and promote sustainable economic growth in our community.”
Townsend is currently City Utilities’ Manager of Development Services, which partners with the private sector to promote growth and development through the expansion of utility services. Townsend previously served as a Senior Planner and Community Development Specialist in the Community Development Division. She has worked for the City since 1990. Townsend holds a Bachelor’s in Urban Development and Public Policy from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.