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New leader takes the helm at Broad Community Connections

Dasjon Jordan is the new executive director of Broad Community Connections.

Broad Community Connections has chosen Dasjon Jordan as the new executive director. Jordan is familiar with BCC as he was the organization’s commercial revitalization coordinator in 2016. As executive director, Jordan said he will continue BCC’s goal of helping the Broad area thrive culturally and financially. 

Broad Community Connections is a nonprofit focused on boosting small businesses within the Broad Street community and addressing the health inequity in the area with the ReFresh Collaborative providing free health information for all ages. 

Jordan has experience in this hands-on approach to the New Orleans community. Previously, he was the Strategy and Real Estate Development Manager for the Ujamaa Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit that aims to redevelop the Claiborne Avenue area with affordable housing while preserving the area’s history. 

“Dasjon has contributed a great amount of vision, strategy, and dedication to equitable development in the Treme-Lafitte. We are sad to see him leave, but are excited to have him as a partner in the work of cultural preservation, economic justice, and environmental sustainability in our shared neighborhoods,” said Nyree Ramsey, executive cirector of Ujamaa EDC.

BCC’s executive director position was previously held by Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Burpee and founding Executive Director Jeffrey Schwartz. 

“No one knows the work of BCC and the Broad Street communities better than he does. As the organization moves into its second decade of work and endeavors to expand on its legacy and impact, I am certain he will take BCC, Broad Street and Bayou Road businesses, and the community to the next level,” said Schwartz, currently the city’s director of economic development.

Jordan earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from LSU and his master’s degree in city planning in 2019 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His knowledge has led him to work with organizations and cities looking to preserve their community’s culture while advancing economically. 

He has worked with the City of Veracruz Department of Urban Development and Public Works in Mexico, the MIT Community Innovators Lab, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the eThekwini Municipality in Durban, South Africa on economic developments. 

Vera Warren-Williams, founder and owner of the Community Book Center and member of the Bayou Road Business Association, said Jason has been active in the Broad community for years. 

“I am excited to see what continued partnerships, vision and refreshed strategy for tackling economic development in this more racially aware and COVID-impacted world looks like for BCC with him in the driver’s seat,” Warren-Williams said.

The ReFresh Collaborative works to promote health in the neighborhoods along Broad Street. (via broadcommunityconnections.org)

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