Centre/South Main Streets remains leaderless

Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization that has had past problems, remains leaderless a month after former executive director Andrew Zarro left the organization.

CSMS ran into a tumultuous period from late 2012 and to the beginning of last year, when the organization saw a change of leadership and had its nonprofit status revoked. CSMS eventually regained its nonprofit status and Zarro righted the ship and improved operations.

The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development oversees the interaction between the City’s Boston Main Streets programs and the various neighborhood Main Streets organizations, which are independent nonprofits.

DND spokesperson Lisa Pollack said that CSMS has a “track record of delivering excellent programming” to the neighborhood and that having a “strong executive director is an important part of this success.”

“We are working with the board to ensure that a new executive director has the tools he or she needs to succeed,” she said. “While there is no formal timeline as of yet [to find a new director], we remain committed to serving as a resource to support JP’s small business community, and look forward to the beginning of the search process.”

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