DCCH Welcomes Its New President & CEO, Mr. Andre Byers
In January of 2015, the Board of Directors for the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights welcomed Mr. André Byers as the Corporation’s President and Chief Executive Officer, recruiting him from the District Government’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development, where he served as a Director.
At the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development, Byers negotiated and closed real estate deals across the City utilizing various private and public funding sources. He also supported established businesses and startups in underserved neighborhoods as Director of the City’s Great Streets Initiative where he managed its Tax Increment Finance program and created its Small Business Capital Improvement Grant. As the Director of Great Streets, Byers aggressively expanded the Initiative in two years – multiplying its grant funding by five (5x) and increasing the number of qualifying corridors from 1 to 11 without incident or waste.
Byers also brings to the position his experiences as an entrepreneur and a college professor. Byers has started his own small businesses, including a real estate company that continues to own and manage commercial and residential properties in DC. And, as an angel investor, he has invested equity in small businesses that continue to post solid performances and returns. At Howard University, Byers serves as an Adjunct Professor of Urban Policy and Development where he teaches undergraduate, economic development courses with a particular focus on community development.
No stranger to the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, Byers once served as the Corporation’s Director of Business Development under the leadership and mentorship of the late Robert L. Moore.
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