MEMPHIS, Tennessee, January 5, 2022
– Blight Authority of Memphis (BAM), a Tennessee Local Land Bank committed to reducing the occurrence of blight and introducing sustainable solutions to the affected neighborhoods, has named Brandi Jones as its field operations and real estate program manager.
In her new role, Jones will manage the property maintenance and stabilization of all vacant structures and vacant lot inventory controlled by BAM. Her duties include:
- Planning, coordinating, and overseeing the property maintenance operations
- Facilitating property acquisitions and disposition and activities
- Organizing, scheduling, recruiting, and assigning contractors
- Reviewing and evaluating the maintenance processes
Jones has worked for Shelby County Government since September of 2020. During this time, she contributed to several COVID-related relief outreach initiatives specializing in providing immediate shelter and economic support for residences. In collaboration with Kroger, Jones conceptualized the food and necessities voucher distribution program that has served more than 400 Mid-South families.
Prior to her employment with Shelby County Government, Jones worked as a program coordinator for the Comprehensive High Impact Prevention HIV Education and Awareness grant at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, where she promoted education and awareness.
“Throughout her professional life, Brandi has shown her dedication to the betterment of this community,” said BAM Executive Director Leslie Smith. “Vacancy and abandonment of real estate have been a major challenge for the City of Memphis. BAM’s work is demanding, and we are grateful to have Brandi on board to help meet that challenge. She’s hard-working, organized, diplomatic, and has solid decision-making instincts -- exactly who we need managing our field operations and real estate program.”
About Blight Authority of Memphis
The Blight Authority of Memphis (BAM) is a public-benefit nonprofit corporation established by the City of Memphis to operate a land bank, providing a tool to support economic revitalization through returning vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties to productive use. Through streamlining investments and resources within the government, BAM works to leverage its land banking ability to acquire properties, remove the physical and legal blighted conditions associated with the properties, and work with stakeholders to place properties back into productive use.
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