As Chief Operations Officer and community development planner, Bridget Wiles leads multidisciplinary teams to plan and implement various neighborhood revitalization strategies through an adept understanding of neighborhood context. She is responsible for the development of project policy and program guidelines, including program and project evaluation, to ensure sustainable project management and timely project execution as well as creation of implementation plan recommendations. Bridget brings over twenty-five years of social work and community development experience and expertise to the team. Because of her previous background as a nonprofit executive, Bridget has extensive knowledge of and operated affordable housing programs and initiatives, and brings with her the regulatory frameworks and funding compliance components of neighborhood redevelopment.
She is responsible for project management and implementation of all technical assistance initiatives and monitors all APD-U projects for federal, state and local compliance with funding and program guidelines. Bridget also manages the day-to-day operations and functions of APD-U, including oversight for all subcontractors
In addition to managing planning and implementation projects, Bridget has successfully managed and delivered thousands of hours of technical assistance services to municipalities throughout the country as well as facilitated provider workshops on planning for implementation, and incorporation of marketing and branding strategies and tools in place-based planning projects. She also develops visioning planning sessions, and creates and facilitates resident, community, and public sector stakeholder participation in a manner that ensures a cohesive working relationship and provides stakeholder analysis for equitable strategy implementation. Her previous work as a community development nonprofit executive director has influenced her development of new techniques in understanding community assets including conducting organizational and community needs assessments, designing and facilitating capacity building studies, and creation of tools that help leverage those community assets including identifying catalytic project areas that are best suited for revitalization and minimizes displacement. Her recent projects on equitable community development include the West End Housing Framework in Cincinnati OH; the Strategic Implementation Framework in the Historic Third Ward of Houston TX; the Opportunity Zone Displacement Risk Analysis for the City of Atlanta; Community Stabilization Programs (or displacement risk mitigation studies) for the Atlanta Beltline in Atlanta, GA and the Historic West End in Charlotte, NC; and a JP Morgan Chase PRO Neighborhoods Plan for the Historic West End in Charlotte NC that focused on the impact of displacement of small businesses on the historic economic corridor of Charlotte.
Bridget holds a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and a Master of Science in Social Administration and Community and Social Development from Case Western Reserve University. She is also a member of the American Planning Association, Georgia Chapter and the division of Planning in the Black Community, as well as the National Honor Society for Human Services Education and the