Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, has a new executive director (Ginger Brown) and board president (Michael Reiskind), according to a press release.
CSMS has gone through turbulent times recently. The previous director, Kevin Johnson, left early this year after serving just four week. Before that, the organization was leaderless since 2014, as the City wouldn’t allow the organization to hire a director until paperwork issues were corrected.
Ginger Brown has experience in the corporate, small business, and nonprofit worlds. She opened and managed the recently-closed La Rana Rossa with her husband Brad Brown. (Brad Brown is the owner of the Blue Frog Bakery and former board president for CSMS.) Ginger Brown previously worked at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design as the creative director of its boutique store, MassArt Made, and consultant for its Holiday and Spring Sales. She has also worked at Nordstrom as a department manager and at the nonprofit Valentine Richmond History Center as assistant director of education.
“I have a great passion for art so I earned my M.A. in Art History/Museum Studies. But practicality landed me at a sales job at Nordstrom — and I loved it! I loved the numbers, I loved the fast pace! I think Main Streets is a job that finally allows me to combine my loves with the community so well,” said Ginger Brown, according to the press release.
Reiskind, a founding member of CSMS, replaces Brad Brown, who has been president since 2014.