The DowntownDC Business Improvement District on Wednesday announced the selection of Gerren Price as the BID’s Director of Public Space Operations, where he will direct and manage the BID’s 80+ ambassadors, all clean and safe services, public space management, safety and more.
“We are pleased to welcome Gerren to the BID to oversee the core of our organization, the DowntownDC Safety/Hospitality and Maintenance (SAM) ambassadors,” said President & CEO Neil Albert. “His experience and talent will be a major asset to our organization as well as to our DowntownDC stakeholders.”
“I am excited to step into this new role at the DowntownDC BID to support the SAMs and the important work they perform for the community,” said Price. “This opportunity allows me to return to directly supporting the District, my home and the place I have always loved.”
Price brings to the BID more than 10 years of experience directing and supporting large-scale youth, workforce, and education programs and initiatives in the government and non-profit sectors. He joins the BID from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where he served as Senior Associate for National Community Strategies.
Price began his career managing a national youth mentoring program before serving in several capacities in the District of Columbia Government beginning in the Office of the Chancellor for DC Public Schools (DCPS) where he served as Coordinator for Out-of-School Time Programs for secondary schools. He later served as Director of Programs at the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education. He also served as Program Manager for the Mayor Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) under the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) before he rose to hold the positions of Associate Director of the DOES Office of Youth Programs and Deputy Director of Youth Workforce Development. He also served as Deputy Director of Business Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and as the Interim Director for DOES.
Throughout his professional career and personal life, Price has maintained an active leadership role in mentoring and tutoring, including through consultant support for DC workforce development company P.R.E.P., LLC, and work for the National Organization of Concerned Black Men and America Reads/America Counts.
Price holds a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS/MBA from the University of Maryland, University College. Price lives in DC with his wife and two daughters.
He will assume his new role at the BID on Aug. 6.