Interim Director Named for Fashion District BID
While the Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District searches for a new executive director, the BID’s managing director will step in on an interim basis.
Executive Director Kent Smith is leaving on July 31. On Aug. 1, Rena Masten Leddy, who has been at the Los Angeles Fashion District BID since early last year, will step in. The 15-member board of directors is doing a national search for a new executive director.
Smith has headed up the Los Angeles Fashion District BID since 1999. The nonprofit organization, founded in 1996, was the first business improvement district to be formed in Los Angeles.
When Smith came on board, the district encompassed 56 blocks and had 300 business owners. Now it covers 100 blocks and has 1,000 business owners, who contribute funds for safety enforcement and clean-up crews as well as other services.
Prior to coming to the Los Angeles Fashion District BID, Leddy worked in Denver for three years as vice president of Progressive Urban Management Associates, a consulting group that provided services to advance downtown and community development.