Community Director (Best)

Edward S. Penniman

1651 Davis Place, Toledo, OH 43602  / Tel# (419) 206-3575 Email: [email protected]

Community Director


Public administrator and planner with expertise in government relations and administration. Trusted advisor to several state and federal officials.


·         Formulated guidelines for community parks initiative.

·         Applied IT expertise and web-based solutions to increase public communication.

·         Served as the representative for a statewide development commissions.

·         Facilitated communication between private citizens and government officials.

·         Developed trusting relationships with community leaders.


Association of TOLEDO Government, Toledo, OH

1998 – Present

Community Director

Managed a team of 25 economic development professionals..

·         Used IT expertise to communicate more effectively with public.

·         Supervised daily staff activities.

·         Organized a national meeting of urban leaders.

·         Published and wrote a monthly information newsletter.

Association of TOLEDO Government, Toledo, OH

1993 – 1998

Community Development Director

Managed a housing development activities for a 500 unit building.

·         Organized planning forums for inner-city improvement.

·         Led monthly town hall meetings.

·         Successfully worked with business leaders for major fundraising campaign.

·         Lobbied a federal government agency for financial support of community efforts.

TOLEDO County Housing Authority, Toledo, OH

1989 – 1993

Community Relations Manager

Served as point of contact for citizens and elected government officials.

·         Organized information meetings for groups and individuals seeking community assistance.

·         Designed brocures explaining public housing.

·         Presented public concerns to community leaders in large-scale presentations.

·         Developed a monthly meeting regarding zoning issues.

TOLEDO Conference Board, Toledo, OH

1985 – 1989

Events Coordinator

Planned several annual community events with a budget of $500,000.

·         Planned and coordinated workshops and conferences. Negotiated with vendors for discount prices.

·         Led city tours for visiting diplomats.

·         Trained and supervised teams to meet objectives.


Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Master of Public Policy and Administration, 1985

Toledo University, Toledo, OH

Bachelor of Arts, English


Public Administrators of America

City Planners Association, President
American City and Regional Planners, Board Member

National Chamber of Commerce

Association of Major Metropolitan Communities


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