City names new Neighborhood Equity & Stabilization Director
Published on June 21, 2021
DENVER -Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO) has named Seneca Holmes to serve as the director of the Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization (NEST), effective today.
At a grassroots level, NEST supports neighborhoods experiencing significant change to elevate their voice in determining the future of their community by empowering under-resourced and historically marginalized residents and businesses. NEST also works to ensure that all residents and businesses benefit from the prosperity and success that Denver is experiencing -- to not only protect the vulnerable from involuntary displacement but to improve the shared quality of life for all.
Holmes has most recently directed the Denver International Airport (DEN) Commerce HUB, which acts as a resource for small businesses and champions efforts that improve policy, increase access, and position firms to bid on projects across all DEN departments. He brings significant experience in the city’s economic development agency as well, including serving in increasingly senior roles as the agency’s legislative liaison, neighborhoods manager, and senior policy advisor from 2008 through 2018.
“I am pleased to welcome Seneca Holmes back to our agency with his strong background in economic development, including experience assisting residents and businesses succeed, working with small and minority-owned businesses, and managing neighborhood funding from the city,” said Eric Hiraga, DEDO Executive Director.
Holmes will lead a multi-disciplinary team, along with outside community partners, to shepherd public and private resources to specific neighborhoods, including overseeing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds awarded locally through a competitive bidding process.
“I am thrilled to rejoin DEDO on the Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization team. I cannot think of anything more important than working in neighborhoods to help ensure that all residents benefit from Denver’s growth and prosperity. Working with and on behalf of the community has always been my passion,” Holmes said. “When I left the Neighborhoods division four years ago, I hoped my career would bring me back. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity.”
NEST efforts are focused on the targeted neighborhoods of East Colfax, Elyria-Swansea, Globeville, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, and Westwood, although the team’s strategic approach to educate residents and promote support options can be readily applied to any area of the city experiencing large-scale development.
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