Flint Names First Woman / First African American to Head DDA
Those who know her will say her energy matches that of the exciting & growing City of Flint.
Kiaira May has been picked to serve as the new executive director of the Flint DDA. The Flint Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors made the announcement on Wednesday.
May's selection is making history in Flint as well. She is the first woman and the first African American to hold the position since it was established in 1977.
“Flint’s downtown is full of energy,” May told Mid-Michigan NOW. “I am excited to work with and support the businesses and people who continue to bring public art, music, and festivals to Flint while also activating the city’s unique indoor and outdoor spaces. Flint is known nationally for its history of producing talented artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other creative people. I look forward to helping showcase and celebrate all of those talents while making Flint a regional destination for visitors interested in vibrant culture, entertainment, and thriving businesses.”
Prior to her new role May, a Wayne State University graduate, with Quicken Loans and Bedrock Real Estate to help with the City of Detroit’s revitalization.
May enters her new role this week as a intern director, ahead of a Flint City Council appointment, but Mayor Sheldon Neeley is confidant in what she can bring to the DDA saying,
“Kiaira’s grassroots and inclusive approach to placemaking and supporting the business community in Detroit will be a tremendous asset to our growing downtown. I’m proud to say we were able to find the most qualified candidate in a historic move for the DDA. As the first female DDA director, Kiaira brings to Flint her passion and desire to continue making Flint a regional destination for art, music, sports, culture, and unique community festivals.”
According to Mlive, former DDA director Gerard Burnash said that he was “relieved of his duties” as of April 1. Burnash held the position for several years.
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