The director of business development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority has been laid off, a source close to the organization has confirmed with BostInno.
Randi Lathrop, an integral member of the organization for nearly two decades and the director for over a year, will no longer serve as acting director. Our source has indicated the entire business development department has also been dismantled, a fact since confirmed by an agency statement.
“Effective today, the BRA’s Business Development Division will be dismantled. In addition, several other positions in divisions across the agency will be eliminated,” according to the statement obtained by BostInno.
The division was created in February 2013. A contact with the BRA’s media and public relations division declined to confirm any names.
The statement continued: “The leadership of the BRA is grateful for the dedication and commitment of these employees, and wishes them well under these challenging, but necessary circumstances.”
In mid-February, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh initiated a wholesale audit of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, acting on a campaign promise to inject heightened transparency into the organization at the helm of so many large-scale and influential development projects in Boston.
“This is a much more high-level operational look at the way the BRA functions,” Chief Communications Officer Lisa Pollack told the Boston Globe, “and the goal of the audit is to come up with a set of recommendations to help us ensure that the BRA is functioning in the best way that it can.”
The role of the business development department, according to the BRA, is “to attract, retain, and grow world class companies and strengthen the city’s professional workforce.”
Bostinno has contacted the BRA directly for comment and will update the story accordingly when we learn more.
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