Cleveland Public Market Corporation announced today that Rosemary Mudry will serve as the inaugural Executive Director leading the West Side Market’s historic transition to non-profit operation. Mudry currently serves as the Executive Director of West Park Kamm’s Neighborhood Development.
“We are excited that CPMC has appointed Rosemary as the West Side Market’s first Executive Director,” said Mayor Justin Bibb. “As a seasoned community development professional with a proven track record in building and leading high performing teams, working closely with community stakeholders, and delivering on strategic priories, she’s exactly the leader the West Side Market needs as it begins this new chapter.”
David Abbott, President of CPMC’s board of directors, chaired the Search Committee that worked with Waverly Partners, a national executive search firm, to conduct a search that included candidates from the local, statewide, and national marketplace.
“We are thrilled to welcome Rosemary as the new Executive Director of CPMC,” Abbott said. “Her strategic mindset and passion for the Market make her an ideal leader to deliver on the West Side Market’s potential. We are confident that under her guidance, CPMC will make tremendous progress towards our goal of making the West Side Market the nation’s premier public market.”
The Search Committee included Don Whitaker, President of the United West Side Market Tenant’s Association, Abbott, and CPMC board members Jason Russell, Tanisha Velez, and Ann Zoller. “I’ve been impressed by Rosemary’s energy and excitement about the job and her commitment to working closely with merchants,” said Whitaker.
Mudry holds a Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Latin American Studies from Oberlin College.
“The West Side Market is such a beloved Cleveland institution, and I am beyond excited to be a part of guiding its future,” Mudry said. “I feel privileged and honored to be chosen by CPMC’s Board of Directors and look forward to engaging with all those who care so deeply about the Market as we make the transition to non-profit management.”
ABOUT ROSEMARY MUDRY
Rosemary Mudry currently leads West Park Kamm’s Neighborhood Development, an organization serving a community of over 25,000 located on Cleveland’s west side. As the community development corporation’s Executive Director, Mudry works with an 11-member Board of Directors, seven staff and manages a $1 million budget. She is responsible for all strategic and operational activities of the CDC, which works to develop and promote the neighborhood.
Mudry is an active board member of Summer on the Cuyahoga, where she serves as Secretary of the Board. She is also Vice President of the Laurel School Alumnae Association.
Before joining West Park Kamm’s Neighborhood Development in 2019, Mudry was Director of Neighborhood Development of Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation and earlier was Director of Economic Development. She started her community development career in the Ohio City Neighborhood working for Near West Recreation.
Mudry enjoys living in Cleveland’s Glenville Neighborhood and exploring Cleveland with her husband and children.
ABOUT CLEVELAND PUBLIC MARKET CORPORATION
Under the direction of a committed Board of Directors, the tax-exempt, nonprofit Cleveland Public Market Corporation (“CPMC”) is striving to make the West Side Market the nation’s premier public market by meeting the evolving needs of merchants, customers, and the community. CPMC’s mission is to preserve the city’s public market tradition while making the local food system more accessible, equitable, and diverse.
Following national best practices among the nation’s large urban markets, Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb and his administration initiated the effort to transition day-to-day operations of West Side Market from city management to CPMC. While the City will maintain ownership of the land and buildings, CPMC is on track to take over operation of West Side Market in early 2024.
The City and a diverse Advisory Committee of city government representatives, local stakeholders, and Market merchants provided input into a masterplan prepared by an experienced public market consultant. The masterplan is guiding the new organization as it makes physical and operational changes that diversify income, support the Market’s merchants, and improve the customer experience.
For more information about CPMC, its mission, vision and values, board, and the West Side Market masterplan, please visit https://westsidemarket.org/cleveland-public-market-corporation/