Zion Development names new executive director

Bob Campbell
Bob Campbell

Online Staff Report

Rockford’s ZION Development Corporation has announced Bob Campbell as its next executive director.

Campbell, who will begin in his role Jan. 20, was the executive director of the Rockford Area Affordable Housing Coalition for seven years prior to its merger to become HomeStart, where he served as the deputy director for two years.

Campbell has a master’s degree with an emphasis in nonprofit management, doing his thesis research on the public value of the wellness program at ZION’s Longwood Gardens. He has recently completed an executive education program with a focus on community development from the Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program at Harvard University in conjunction with NeighborWorks America.

Beyond his experience and education, Campbell brings a passion for the city of Rockford as a whole as well as for the neighborhood that has been his home for more than 10 years, the Midtown District.

ZION has grown from an organization that was formed to respond to high unemployment among Midtown residents in the 1980s to an organization that has invested more than $27 million in housing and economic development in the neighborhood.

Major projects developed and managed by ZION include Longwood Gardens apartments for seniors with limited incomes and its world‐class Walter D. Williams Wellness Program (1055 E. State St.), the Grand Apartments permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless men and women (1146 Broadway), and the Lantow Lofts condominiums above Katie’s Cup coffee bar (502 Seventh St.).

ZION’s previous director, Brad Roos, announced in October that he would be stepping down at the end of 2014. Roos had served the orgainzation since 1990.

ZION Development is at 910 Fifth Ave., No. 1E, Rockford.

Posted Jan. 8, 2015

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