Mayor Steven L. Reed this week announced two appointments to his cabinet. Darryl Washington will serve as Director of Economic Development, and David Card has been named Director of Parks and Recreation.
“Despite different fields of expertise, David and Darryl understand the importance of bridging the gaps in our community to ensure everyone has access to opportunities for growth, development and prosperity,” Mayor Reed said. “Their unique perspectives only complement their success as seasoned professionals. Both are results-driven individuals and proven leaders who will help position Montgomery to reach its full potential.”
Darryl Washington is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, who possesses over 25 years of experience in economic development. He has worked at various levels of corporate, commercial and community development including Regional Account Manager for BellSouth, Economic Development Consultant for the City of Irondale and, most recently, as Director of District Development for Urban Impact in Birmingham’s Historic Civil Rights District. He is an active member of the International Economic Development Council, Economic Development Association of Alabama and The National Main Street Center. Washington received continuing education certifications in economic development from both Auburn University and Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned a B.A. in Marketing from Morehouse College and master’s in Public Management from Birmingham-Southern College.
As Director of Economic Development, Washington will lead the City of Montgomery’s community development, planning and neighborhood services divisions to ensure a cohesive growth strategy. This includes recruiting corporate partners, empowering small businesses, revitalizing neighborhoods and catalyzing retail and commercial expansion in non-traditional development corridors.
David Card brings over 23 years of experience working within municipalities, nonprofits, and collegiate and Olympic sports management. He brings a wealth of knowledge gained during his time in athletic development for several universities and organizations. Card lists serving as Director of Parks & Recreation among several career highlights, including facilitating and managing the construction process for all sports-specific training facilities with oversight of several thousand volunteers for the 1996 Olympic Games. Since 2018, Card has been a leader for Montgomery’s Parks & Recreation and was integral in developing new summer youth recreation programs as well as the plans to renovate several of Montgomery’s community centers. Card is a graduate of the University of South Florida and holds several industry-related certifications and continuing education credentials.
As Director of Parks & Recreation, Card will deliver on Mayor Reed’s multimillion dollar investment into Montgomery community centers, parks and athletic facilities. He will also continue working to further employment and recreation programming that aligns with best-practices in expanding youth wraparound services.
For more information, please visit www.montgomeryal.gov.
Contributed: City of Montgomery