Brighton Main Streets Welcomes Liz Sullivan as its Next Executive Director
Liz Sullivan has been named the next Executive Director of Brighton Main Streets by the nonprofit’s Board of Directors. Sullivan will officially assume her role on March 23, 2017.
“After a thorough search process, Brighton Main Streets Board of Directors has unanimously selected Liz Sullivan to be our next Executive Director,” says Dick Mulligan, BMS Board President. The board, made up of a balance of Brighton residents, small businesses, and local institutions, found Sullivan’s solid foundation in business and marketing a compliment to her familiarity of Brighton as a long-time resident, demonstrating her commitment to BMS’s core values and mission.
“I am honored and humbled to take on the role of Brighton Main Streets’ third Executive Director in the organization's almost 20 year history,” shared Liz Sullivan. “My husband and I own a home in Oak Square and our children are in local public schools. I love the walkability of this neighborhood, the green spaces, the easy access to transit—but it's the people that make Brighton great.”
Liz graduated with an MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from Babson College in August of 2016. Most recently, Liz has been caring for her two young children while earning her master's degree at night. Prior to that she worked at Babson as a senior digital marketing manager and a project manager in the online learning group. She holds a bachelor's in English Literature from Boston College.
Local businesses, like Mike Lessard from Lessard's Barber Shop, are behind the new appointment, saying, "I've known Liz since she brought her son in for his very first haircut. Now he's a regular customer! She's a very community-oriented person. I was thrilled to find out she's joining Brighton Main Streets as the new Executive Director."
BMS Board Vice President, Chris Parisi, set the tone explaining, “This year will be a foundational year as our nonprofit has grown, and our focus is strongly set to better serve businesses and keep up with the expanding economic development in Brighton.” Embracing the charge, Liz added, "The goal is not only to attract entrepreneurs to locate in Brighton Center and Oak Square but also assist our existing businesses who are ready to scale up operations."
Sullivan added, "Outgoing Executive Director Ali Carter left BMS in great shape, financially and organizationally. She worked hard to build strong relationships. I have big shoes to fill." To continue that momentum, Liz will be hosting a business meet and greet every month, where local businesses can come to ask questions, find resources, and learn more about the free business services Brighton Main Streets has to offer in support.