Vice President of Urban Development
As Vice President of Urban Development, Dionne plays a key leadership role to expand technical service offerings to neighborhood commercial districts, lead the retention and growth of UrbanMain (UM) and Main Street America (MSA) City Coordinating Programs, the UM Network and designated UM districts. Specifically, Dionne works to build economically vibrant neighborhood commercial districts and community leaders through MSA's UM Main Street Approach. Prior to this role Dionne served as the Director of UrbanMain an initiative developed by MSA four years ago to broaden its offerings and engagement in urban neighborhood commercial districts.
Dionne has over two decades of experience in project coordination in the fields of urban economic development and commercial district revitalization. She has extensive expertise engaging community stakeholders, identifying, and implementing projects in conjunction with community- based organizations, government institutions, and real estate development, as well as supporting capacity building opportunities. Before joining MSA in 2016, Dionne served as Senior Program Officer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago where she managed economic development initiatives for the Chicago office, developed and led the award-winning Business District Leadership program and the nationally recognized Smart Communities demonstration. Before LISC Chicago, Dionne served as a Financial Planning Analyst for the City of Chicago’s Department of Community Development where she administered the Tax Increment Finance Interest Subsidy program for developers, rehabilitation grant programs to eligible Chicagoan residents and small business owners.
Dionne holds a master’s degree in public administration from Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dionne is a board member of the Small Business Anti-Displacement Network: a community of practice committed to preventing small business displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. Dionne also serves as an advisor board member to the Center of Technology in Government, University of Albany, SUNY IMLS research project “Enabling, Smart Inclusive and Connected Communities: The Role of Public Libraries” to provide strategic advice to the research team. She has also served on several ULI Advisory Service Panels across the country.
Locally, Dionne serves in an advisory board capacity to several entities in Chicago such as the Community Law Project, and Equiticity. She also serves as a committee member for Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Economic Development Committee and Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) Transportation Committee.
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