Lauren Coakley Vincent has been named the new president of the Downtown Special Services District that oversees security, cleanliness and marketing of the central business district. News release follows.
The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) announced today that Lauren Coakley Vincent will join the organization as president beginning January 2, 2018. She succeeds Michael Moore, who after six years in Bridgeport is now vice president of operations for the Stamford Downtown Special Services District.
Ms. Coakley Vincent brings over ten years of experience in economic development, program management, public administration, and community development to her new position. She spent the last five years at the NYC Department of Small Business Services as Director of Capacity Building Initiatives and Neighborhood Development. Her department was instrumental in the establishment of training and technical assistance services to strengthen business improvement district (BIDS), organizations to grow and better serve their neighborhoods and commercial districts.
“I grew up in Fairfield County and have always been enamored with the Park City,” said Ms. Coakley Vincent. “I am thrilled to be joining the DSSD and look forward to collaborating with all of the community partners already working hard to make Downtown Bridgeport a vibrant, thriving district.”
“We are excited to welcome Lauren to Bridgeport,” said DSSD Chairman Kim Morque. “It was clear, when we interviewed Lauren that she brings the passion, energy and expertise that we need to lead the organization.”
In addition to her experience with economic development, Ms. Coakley Vincent has also worked in strategic planning, creative placemaking and fundraising and is a Board Member of six New York City BIDS. She holds a Master’s degree from the New School in New York and a BA from Cornell University. She will begin her transition to DSSD work in December before assuming full time duties on January 2.
About the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District
As the Business Improvement District for the Park City, the Bridgeport DSSD’s mission is to “enhance the environment in which people shop, live and work.” The DSSD is operated under the direction of a nine-member Board of Commissioners representing property owners in downtown Bridgeport. infobridgeport.com