Maureen Duggan recently announced that she will retire from her position as executive director of CDC Rochester at the end of the year.
CDCR is the region’s only nonprofit, community-driven advocate for planning and design of the built environment, providing technical assistance, grants, facilitation and educational programs.
“I am looking forward to spending time with my family and enjoying some favorite pastimes, especially travel,” Duggan said. “My time at CDCR has been very rewarding and I am more convinced than ever about the importance of this work. The Design Center is in excellent hands under the leadership of our board President Paul Tankel. I look forward to working with Paul, the CCDR Board, our very talented staff and the interim executive director through the transition.”
CDCR has expanded its work in the region’s towns and challenged neighborhoods during Duggan’s tenure, including the charrette and vision plan for the El Camino Revitalization Neighborhood, re-envisioning of Lomb Memorial Park and relighting the Lomb Memorial. She has led the continued growth of the Development/Design Fund program, which has funded several innovative stabilizing projects in the PLEX, Triangle and other neighborhoods. CDCR celebrated record attendance this year for the Reshaping Rochester Awards event and Reshaping Rochester lecture series.
“Mo has done an outstanding job strengthening our relationships with peer organizations and community members and increasing the visibility of CDCR,” Tankel said. “We are very sorry to see her retire, but are grateful for her hard work and dedication and look forward to building on her accomplishments as we continue to raise awareness for the importance of a vibrant public realm in our community.”
Former CDCR board president Maria Furgiuele will serve as interim executive director. Furgiuele, an architect and realtor, has been actively involved in many CDCR projects over the years. She has a special interest in CDCR’s educational programs, including the Reshaping Rochester series, and has served as a facilitator at many community design workshops.
“It has been an honor and privilege to have worked with CDCR in various capacities throughout the years,” Furgiuele said. “I want to thank Mo for the outstanding job that she has done this year, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to build on her success.”