The board of the Mount Washington Community Development Corp. has scooped up the former South Side Local Development Corp.’s executive director Rick Belloli to fill that role as an interim leader.
When he left the South Side non-profit, Rick started a consulting company called Civic Square, which specializes in the things the South Side non-profit specialized in — real estate development, business district planning and non-profit management. The South Side non-profit intentionally dissolved in 2012, proclaiming, more or less, “Our work is done here.”
The interim hiring in Mount Washington will give the board leadership while it searches for a permanent executive director.
Jason Kambitsis held that job from May 2012 until the beginning of January when he left to take the job of business development manager for Deep Local, a studio of high-tech brand doctors.
Belloli, a native of Detroit, “will oversee operations and staff to ensure a smooth transition, while also assisting the board to identify organizational needs for a permanent executive director,” according to a statement from the Mount Washington CDC.
“Rick has a long and successful history in community development,” said Jon Lusin, president of the board. “We look forward to partnering with him over the next few months to ensure our programs operate seamlessly during this time.”
On behalf of the Mount Washington board, a committee is searching nationally for an executive director to be named by late spring.
Belloli started his job on Monday, and Walkabout wanted to know why on earth... er, what motivated him to put the hat back on.
“Mount Washington is a Civic Square client and interim management to help organizations over the hump is actually one of my offerings” as a consultant, he said. “This is my first interim management job.
"Community development is near and dear to my heart. I knew the issues they were dealing with and I knew the people, so I want to help make the organization better as long as I’m here.
“The good news is that it was structured as short term.”