JERSEY CITY, NJ — Downtown consultant and Westfield resident Sherry Cronin is the new secretary of the board for Downtown New Jersey, a non-profit membership organization of individuals, businesses, developers, government agencies and local and regional entities that provides advocacy, education and technical assistance resources dedicated to ensuring the vitality of downtowns.
Cronin, who served on the organization's board of directors for many years, had been the executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, the management entity for Westfield’s special improvement district, for 18 years until her departure in August.
Among Cronin’s accomplishments noted in Downtown New Jersey’s announcement, she and her team garnered many accolades for Westfield including the highly coveted National Main Street Center’s Great American Main Street Award, America in Bloom Awards, Great Place in NJ by the NJ American Planning Association and many best downtowns and great places to live articles, which it said elevated Westfield’s brand in the marketplace for attracting and retaining residents and downtown investments.
Prior to her Downtown Westfield tenure, Cronin spent 14 years at Prudential Financial in various roles, including human resources, project management, investment accounting, finance, mortgages, real estate audit and sales.
Cronin said she is pleased to share her years of experience in downtown revitalization in this new role. Downtown New Jersey has been especially helpful in helping her connect with the development community, she noted.
“You can learn a lot about different tools for development,” Cronin added. “It's a great organization.”
Also ascending to leadership positions within Downtown New Jersey are Bob Zuckerman as president, Jay Kruse as vice president, Jonathon Tyler as vice president and Vanessa Quijano as treasurer.
“All of our new officers embody the spirit of downtown revitalization and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them lead the charge as we continue to strengthen New Jersey’s downtowns,” said Courtenay Mercer, executive director of Downtown New Jersey, in a press release.
In addition to the new officers, the Downtown New Jersey Board of Directors welcomed the following new members: Chris Bernardo, President and CEO, Commercial District Services, LLC; Julie Doran, Executive Director, South Orange Village Alliance; Christina Fuentes, Director of Small Business Services, New Jersey Economic Development Authority; Emily Manz, President, EMI Strategy; and Tom Strowe, Project Coordinator for Redevelopment, Township of Scotch Plains.