Anna Frantz Named Executive Director of New Community Organization
Posted: January 6, 2017
Our West Bayfront (OWB), a community organization on Erie's
lower west side, has announced the appointment of Anna Frantz as
its first executive director.
In this position Frantz will oversee the management, development
and expansion of the new organization as well as programmatic
activities. She will also serve as the OWB's primary liaison with
residents, businesses, government entities as well as faith-based
and non-profit organizations.
Frantz comes to OWB from Erie's Emerge 2040 initiative, a
public-private partnership that stewards the implementation of
Destination Erie, a 25-year vision for the Erie region that
establishes goals related to economic growth, housing,
transportation, the environment and community development. Frantz
was the initiative's executive director.
Prior to that position, she served for eight years in the New
York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development where
she was responsible for managing the allocation of millions of city
dollars and for supervising dozens of projects through initial loan
application, deal point negotiation, coordination of legal and
construction reviews and closing. Frantz developed skills in
affordable housing finance, budgeting, project management and
working creatively and strategically to improve housing for
thousands of low-income New Yorkers.
"Anna Frantz was chosen because we believe that she can most
effectively represent OWB and its residents, and set the future
course for the new organization at its inception," said Walter
Iwanenko, Ph.D., Gannon University's vice president for academic
affairs and member of OWB's Board of Directors. "Her credentials
are highly impressive and her ability to communicate with people on
all levels is extraordinary."
Our West Bayfront was formed in 2016 with guidance from
neighborhood residents and community partners, including Gannon
University, Housing and Neighborhood Development Service (HANDS),
National Fuel Gas, the Neighborhood Resource Organization,
Neighborhood Watch Council and United Way of Erie County. OWB's
mission is to enhance the quality of life in Erie's West Bayfront
neighborhoods by promoting civic involvement, thoughtful
development, historical preservation and neighborhood pride.
"This is an exciting time for Erie and for the West Bayfront
neighborhood in particular." Frantz said. "I'm looking forward to
building on the work done over the last few years by neighborhood
residents and Gannon University and to contributing to the
revitalization of the neighborhood.
Frantz is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown,
Massachusetts where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree, and of
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she received a
master's degree in city planning.