College Park, Maryland – The College Park City-University Partnership Announces New Executive Leadership.
CONTACT: Richard Wagner, Chair
January 18, 2023
The College Park City-University Partnership (The Partnership) is pleased to announce that Susan Hartmann will become our Executive Director, beginning February 2023. Ms. Hartmann is a cross-sector specialist with 16 years of experience in urban planning, local economic development, multi-agency partnerships, public engagement, and neighborhood revitalization. She has technical experience in strategic and long-range planning, commercial revitalization, public sector consulting, public engagement, facilitation and program management. Most recently, she was a Senior Program Director with Enterprise Advisors, the mission-driven consulting division of Enterprise Community Partners. With Advisors, she led efforts to strengthen cross-sector collective impact collaboratives to achieve equitable education, housing and neighborhood outcomes for students and families in communities across the country. She also developed an assessment and strategic planning approach for cities recovering equitably from the COVID-19 pandemic and provided technical assistance to cities and states facing challenges related to economic decline, affordable housing and neighborhood disinvestment.
Ms. Hartmann is the former Economic Development Director at the City of New Carrollton, MD and community planning lead at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Prince George’s County. Prior to returning to Maryland in 2013, she spent many years living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was a public school teacher and public sector consultant with urban economic, planning and design firms. Susan received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Smith College and a Masters in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
The Partnership is also pleased to announce that Valerie Woodall, Interim Executive Director, will be elevated to Associate Executive Director in February. Ms. Woodall has worked with the Partnership as Senior Program Associate since 2014, having previously worked for various organizations in Washington, DC, San Diego, CA, and New York, NY. Ms. Woodall is currently a Councilmember for Ward 2 in the City of Mount Rainer, MD.
The College Park City-University Partnership is the nonprofit local development corporation jointly sponsored by the City of College Park and the University of Maryland. The Partnership recognizes that the success of the City of College Park and the University of Maryland are linked together. It works in dynamic collaboration to creatively and effectively facilitate cooperative efforts that achieve shared community purposes. The Partnership advances initiatives and policies to make College Park a more thriving, equitable and sustainable community for all.