Prior to joining Park Central in June 2013, Brooks worked in mixed income communities around the country as Project Manager for Urban Strategies, Inc. Most recently, he served as Community Development Manager for Washington University Medical Center where he led community initiatives in the area of safety and security, social services, public infrastructure, and economic development. Brooks holds the distinction of being the project manager for the Grove entry signs and many of the murals and sculptures located in the Grove. At Park Central, he serves as lead on real estate development in the area. Brooks also works alongside his staff in the creation and administration of special taxing districts, coordination of special events, and installation of beautification and public infrastructure improvements. Brooks holds a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management from Washington University and a Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Saint Louis University.
Project Manager, Office Manager
Susan joined Park Central in September 2013, bringing with her almost three decades of community development experience. She assisted in drafting the legislation for the establishment of the CWE South Special Business District and served ten years as CWE South’s Assistant Director. Susan also acted as Executive Director for the South Grand and the Grand Center Community Improvement Districts concurrently. In her role at Park Central, Susan serves as administrator of the CWE South SBD, CWE Southeast SBD and Forest Park Southeast Development Corporation. She is also Park Central’s office manager.
Prior to joining park Central in November 2010, Gelinda worked with the development departments of Washington University and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. She served as Director of a small St. Louis based real estate development firm where she acquired her love of event planning through the organization and design of numerous events including the Chouteau Cho-Down and multiple annual Independence Day celebrations atop the recently demolished Powell Square building. Gelinda served as Vice-President of the Board for SCOSaG and assisted in the preparation of two Wall Ball events. She continues to spearhead planning and management for special events in her role at park Central. Gelinda serves as the main planner for the Annual Gala and plays a major role in the planning and marketing of IndiHop and Grove Fest. She is the administrator forthe Forest Park South Business Association, specializing in recruitment and marketing the organization.
Matt joined Park Central Development as a Project Manager in the summer of 2013 and brings a variety of experience and expertise in the fields of research, economic development, transportation and urban planning. He has held positions in the field of planning at East-West Gateway Council of Governments and Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation. Matt has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas. He currently serves as administrator the the Grove CID, project manager for the FPSE Neighborhood Plan and Form Based District and is leading various infrastructure, biking and neighborhood planning efforts in Forest Park Southeast. Matt also serves as an event coordinator for special events in the Grove, including Grove Fest, IndiHop, the Manchester Bike Bash and the Riverfront Times Music Showcase.
Associate Project Manager
Hannah joined Park Central in January 2015 and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community and Regional Planning from Missouri State. As Associate Project Manager her duties will include assisting with the establishment of the Bevo Community Improvement District, helping to produce Grove special events, leading the Grove’s social media efforts, and introducing the new CWELive social media campaign in the Central West End.
Linda joined Park Central staff in March of 2016. Moving to St. Louis two years prior from San Francisco, Linda earned her Master of Social Work degree from Washington University concentrating on social and economic development and specializing in nonprofit management. Since joining Park Central, she has collaborated with neighborhood stakeholders in the FPSE, CWE and Tiffany neighborhoods to draft, distribute, and analyze needs assessment surveys. Linda is passionate and dedicated to the capacity-building of disadvantaged communities with over ten years experience working towards better neighborhoods. She has a strong knowledge of building client relationships and has been establishing herself in the area by running various committees.
Cathy handles bookkeeping services for all special taxing districts and organizations.