East Side Business Improvement District Announces New Executive Director
The East Side Business Improvement District, a partner in the City’s efforts to develop and support strong businesses and the community on the East Side of Milwaukee, has announced the selection of Elizabeth Brodek as its new executive director. Elizabeth will fill the vacancy created by Kristin Godfrey’s departure in September.
“The East Side BID is excited to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Brodek as Executive Director, reports East Side BID Board President Robert Kashou. “With the departure of Kristin Godfrey, Liz enters the position with enthusiasm and vision. Her extensive downtown development credentials make her uniquely qualified to equip the business and property owners for growth, and to further define the East Side as an integral part of the heart and soul of Milwaukee.”
Elizabeth brings a wealth of experience to this role. Her resume includes over 10 years of planning, strategic development, placemaking, administration, and communications experience spread in the nonprofit sector. Elizabeth has served as the Executive Director for Wausau River District, Inc., Wausau, Wisconsin’s downtown association, and as the Communications & Promotions Coordinator for Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. She graduated from Marquette University Law School and practiced nonprofit criminal defense in Milwaukee for a short time before finding her passion in downtown development. Elizabeth currently serves on the Wisconsin Downtown Action Council Board, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Board, and Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation Advisory Committee. She has also previously held Board positions on the Wausau Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission, Wausau Young Professionals group, and Central Wausau Progress, among others. Through her organizational and board roles, Elizabeth assisted in developing downtown plans, business and community engagement programs, and developing downtown events. She looks forward to continuing and expanding on those efforts in this position.
“The East Side has a vibrancy and history unique to this city. I’m so honored to be a part of its evolution and contribute to the tapestry that makes the area so special,” says Elizabeth. “I look forward to working with business and property owners, as well as community members, to ensure its continued success and bring more awesome projects to the area.”