The Board of Directors of Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. has named Vilma V. Heramia, CEcD as the new Acting Executive Director for the organization effective September 1, 2010. Ms. Heramia succeeds Ms. Jeanne DiLascio, former Acting Executive Director, who passed away in June 2010.
Ms. Heramia has over 20 years experience in housing, community development, economic development, and urban development policy. As one of a few Certified Economic Developers (CEcD) in New York State, Ms. Heramia has received training and certification from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She holds a Masters Degree in Regional Planning from the University at Albany, a Masters Degree in Design Technology from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Housing from the Institute for Housing Studies in the Netherlands, an international school for housing professionals. Ms. Heramia has previously served as the Director of Economic Development for Saratoga Associates, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm with offices in Manhattan and Upstate New York, and was also a former staff member of the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State and the Urban League of Northeastern NY. Ms. Heramia has advised numerous public, private, and not-for-profit organizations and has completed a variety of projects throughout the City of New York, New York State, and the Northeast. Her project experience includes downtown development, housing, commercial development, mixed-use development, research and industrial parks, comprehensive economic development plans, workforce development, and community needs assessments. Ms. Heramia is a resident of Sunset Park in Brooklyn.
Ms. Heramia will work with the CGA Board and staff to implement the organization’s strategic plan. Future CGA projects include work readiness training, identifying new sites for affordable housing development, working with local merchants and entrepreneurs, planning a Brownfield Opportunity Area, and implementing a Main Street Program. CGA also intends to hold weekly case management clinics as part of its tenant services.