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Columbia’s Five Points Association Hires New Executive Director > Columbia Business Report

The Five Points Association, a non-profit organization that oversees the promotion and development efforts of the Five Points district in Colombia, has hired Heather McDonald to be its new executive director.

As executive director, she will be the chief advocate for the Five Points District as well as manager of the association’s day-to-day operations, its board of directors, annual events and more, according to a press release.

“I’ve always loved Five Points and the energy it conveys,” McDonald said. “After working in the district while in college at the University of South Carolina, I really feel like I’m coming home. I believe there’s something special that prepares for Five Points and I look forward to building relationships in this community and working towards the future of this important neighborhood.

McDonald’s has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit business development, marketing and management. She has served as a member of the board of trustees of the Columbia Museum of Art’s Contemporaries, chair of the board of trustees of The Therapy Place, and chair of the Columbia Opportunity Council’s Time to Give.

“The leadership and experience that McDonald’s brings to the position of General Manager will benefit Five Points and the Association,” said Steve Cook, President of the Five Points Association. “His ability to build consensus among key audiences will allow the organization to have a true advocate for the region.”

Five Points was founded in 1915 and is one of Columbia’s most distinctive neighborhoods. It is currently home to over 100 businesses, including retailers, restaurants and bars, commercial businesses, living spaces and more.

Founded in 1983, the Five Points Association is the only non-profit organization to govern the neighborhood’s shopping district.

“It starts with our community – businesses, neighbors, students, residents, homeowners and tourists in the district,” McDonald said. “All are important and must be heard. I am here to listen and act on behalf of our great community.

Contact Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.