Thursday, June 4, 2009

County Executive Announces New Regional Services Center Directors

Silver Spring Regional Services Center

Reemberto Rodríguez is Leggett’s choice to serve as the new director of the Silver Spring Regional Services Center. For nearly two decades, Rodríguez worked with NeighborWorks America (formerly the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation) in various capacities. The past five years, he was Training Manager, leading the design, development and implementation of two Professional Certificate Programs – Community Engagement and Neighborhood Revitalization.

For six years, he served the City of Atlanta in the Department of Community Development’s Bureau of Planning. Other positions he held within the Department were managing the Division of Housing and Economic Development and working as a Housing Planner and Urban Designer during his time in Atlanta. Working under two mayors in Atlanta, he helped bring business interests and local government together with area residents in reshaping the city’s downtown area.

He also has extensive experience as a trainer and facilitator, covering topics such as Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies, Design Charettes, How to Engage Your Community, Public Private Partnerships and Ethnic Collaboration.

Leggett called Rodríguez “a perfect fit for the position. His extensive background in building community partnerships, planning and revitalization will be put to good use in Silver Spring.”

He received both a Bachelor of Science -- specializing in architecture, with a minor in Political Science -- and a Masters of Architecture, specializing in Urban Design, from Georgia Tech. Rodriguez, 51, also holds a Masters of Urban Affairs, specializing in Community Development, from Georgia State University.

A resident of Silver Spring, Rodríguez also has served on numerous boards and holds various professional memberships. Among his community involvement, he is a member of the East Silver Spring Civic Association and serves as treasurer of Impact Silver Spring.

East County Regional Services Center

Joy L. Nurmi has been chosen by Leggett to serve as the new director of the East County Regional Services Center. Over the past 14 years, Nurmi had served as chief of staff for County Councilmembers Betty Ann Krahnke, Marilyn Praisner and Don Praisner.

Prior to that time, she worked with The Gazette Newspapers in various capacities – from reporter to Managing Editor and News Editor.

Before her career with The Gazette, she was a legislative analyst/editor with Southern Technical Services in Bethesda and a legislative policy analyst/editor for Engineering, Planning and Management (EPM), also in Bethesda.

Leggett said that Nurmi “brings the right mix of County experience and knowledge of the east county to the job. Having worked at the Council with both Marilyn and Don Praisner has given her a good perspective of East County issues.”

Nurmi received a B.S. in Communications, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland University College.

She is a member of the Collaboration Council’s Out-of-School Time Task Force and has served as chair of both the Legislative Committee of Montgomery County’s Comprehensive Strategy on Juvenile Justice and the Public Relations Committee of the County’s Task Force on Domestic Violence.

Nurmi, 57, resides in Germantown.

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