Community Development Director Johanna Nyden resigns

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Community Development Manager Johanna Nyden announced today that she will be stepping down from her position effective August 16 for a new opportunity with Skokie Village.

Johanna Nyden Credit: Submitted

Nyden has served the Town of Evanston since 2010 in several key roles including Economic Development Manager and most recently Community Development Manager, a position she has held since May 2017.

“It’s a bittersweet start,” Nyden said. “Evanston is an incredibly special place for me. I am grateful for the privilege of having worked for 12 years on the City’s community and economic development teams. My experiences at Evanston have indelibly shaped my career trajectory. So As I move forward into this next chapter, I will always cherish my time serving this great community.

“Director Nyden has been a champion in building Evanston’s mission to be the most livable city through her work leading the economic and community development teams,” said Acting City Manager Luke. Stowe. “On behalf of the management team, we have enjoyed working with Director Nyden and will miss her contribution to the team. We thank her for her service to the City of Evanston and wish her the best in this new position.

During his tenure, Nyden was involved in numerous community and economic development initiatives and projects, including the development of Trader Joe’s and other mixed-use developments throughout the city; codification of new uses in Evanston such as micro-distilleries, breweries and cannabis dispensaries; the redevelopment of the Howard Street corridor; the modernization and digitization of the City’s building permit operations; adoption of an updated building code; expansion of affordable housing opportunities through code and policy changes and investments in CTA Red-Purple Line upgrade planning.

Nyden joined the Town of Evanston in April 2010 as an Economic Development Planner. Prior to her role as Director of Community Development, Nyden served as Director of Economic Development from August 2013 to May 2017. Nyden grew up in Evanston, attending several public schools including Evanston Township High School. She and her family currently reside in Skokie.


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