UREC Announces Departure of President & CEO Emel Alexander

                       Emel Alexander

(Baton Rouge) – Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC) has experienced significant growth in its strategic operations and community development initiatives under the leadership of President & CEO Emel Alexander. Today, it is with a mix of sadness and deep gratitude that we announce his resignation. After 9 great years at the helm of UREC, Emel will depart later this month to accept a new position in Nashville, TN.

UREC Board President Dr. Girard Melancon, said: “Emel’s vision has been a driving force behind our affordable housing priorities, community development programming and vital public and private partnerships, effectively ushering UREC into a new era of community investments and transformation throughout Baton Rouge. We are grateful for his leadership and wish him continued success in this next chapter of his career.”

UREC President & CEO Emel Alexander said: “It has been an honor to serve the Baton Rouge community throughout my tenure with UREC. With the support of a talented staff, board of directors and dedicated community partners, we have made tremendous gains and many families are reaping the rewards of our collaborative work. I want to thank the board of directors for allowing me the privilege to lead this extraordinary organization over the past 9 years. I also want to thank our partners, donors and stakeholders whose generosity and support helped fuel our growth and progress.”

During his tenure as UREC’s President & CEO, Emel prioritized and transformed UREC’s funding, operations and programming. This included developing and implementing the organization’s rebranding, first comprehensive fund development plan, expansion of UREC’s affordable housing development activities and implementation of evidenced based youth programming initiatives.

Emel leaves UREC in a strong position with many new exciting affordable housing and community development projects on the horizon. The board thanks him for his leadership and excellence in nonprofit management throughout his tenure as CEO.

UREC’s board of directors and executive team are working collaboratively for a seamless transition. Emel will continue to work with UREC in a consultant role until May 17th to assist with the transition. UREC will announce future leadership accordingly.