James Harry Calamia has stepped down from his position as Executive Director after close to a decade with the organization. We are grateful for his ten years of service, which lays the foundation for Ridge Avenue's continued vitality and growth.
James helped spearhead Roxborough 2020, an ambitious strategic plan to advance the Ridge Avenue Commercial Corridor. Guided by his vision of Ridge Avenue as Roxborough’s heart and hub, he led impactful initiatives including the Roxborough Asset Enhancement Program, the Roxborough Pocket Park, and the Roxborough Signature Event Series.
“I’ve been so fortunate to have served as a steward of such an incredible organization. I will be forever grateful for the trust placed in me,” said James. "Through the incredible power of community-driven revitalization coupled with the contributions of volunteers, business owners and funders. We have accomplished so much together.”
"Through the incredible power of community-driven revitalization coupled with the contributions of volunteers, business owners and funders. We have accomplished so much together.”
Jo Ann Desper, President of the RDC Board of Directors, said, “James has been an energetic, resourceful, and collaborative advocate for the Business Improvement District. He has laid the foundation for Ridge Avenue’s continued vitality and growth and will be greatly missed by the RDC's leadership, staff, volunteers, and the many Roxborough businesses and residents he met while carrying out our shared vision. We wish him all the best as he pursues the next step in an already outstanding career.”
The RDC Board of Directors has formed a Transition Committee and is actively working to guide ongoing operations and recruit a new executive director. They have commissioned Heritage Consulting Inc. to manage the search and transition to new leadership.