State Coordinator, Illinois Main Street
Jim joined Main Street America as Illinois Main Street State Coordinator in September 2022. A native Iowan, Jim brings 20 years of nonprofit leadership, serving as executive director, vice president and in senior administration roles. For 14 years, he served as the Historic Valley Junction Foundation Executive Director in West Des Moines, Iowa, a leading national Main Street district and 2012 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) winning community. His experience also includes leadership with the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, CSPS Hall and other organizations, primarily focused on community development, downtown revitalization, tourism, arts, and culture. A Certified Main Street Manager (CMSM), Jim also has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He loves local, Dolly Parton, and Dairy Queen.
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