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Executive Director Eugene Cornelius

The newly formed Pike District Partnership (PDP) hired Eugene Cornelius as its first executive director after an extensive nationwide search. In his role as executive director, which began July 1, 2023, Cornelius will serves as the primary advocate and spokesperson for the Pike District and is tasked with fostering public-private partnerships, collaborative initiatives and membership growth while bolstering the mission of elevating North Bethesda as an economic engine of Montgomery County.

“We are fortunate to attract a proven team player with strong leadership capabilities and deep experience in economic development,” said PDP Interim President Matt Herrmann. “I firmly believe that Eugene has the personality and vision to work collaboratively with North Bethesda residents, businesses and property owners to ensure our organization provides the highest level of advocacy for our community.”

Cornelius brings more than 30 years of executive management experience in economic development, program management and strategic alliances, most recently as senior policy advisor for the Milken Institute in Washington, D.C. Mr. Cornelius previously held senior positions at the International Council of Small Business and the U.S. Small Business Administration.