DowntownABQ Mainstreet Initiative - Exec Dir
Lola Bird has been working as an urban planner for 17 years. Her experience ranges from working on planning issues for the Navajo Nation to the National Park Service, from urban design and entitlement planning for large-scale developments to community sector development plans for the City of Albuquerque. In 2011, her planning work began to focus on downtown redevelopment when she became the Associate Director of Albuquerque’s Downtown Business Improvement District. In 2015, Ms. Bird became the Executive Director of DowntownAbq MainStreet, a community based, economic development organization. Working with an exceptional board of downtown stakeholders, she works to create opportunities that support downtown’s social, cultural and economic vitality. Ms. Bird holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Virginia, and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of New Mexico. She is active in various community and stakeholder groups focused on Albuquerque’s development including four years as a member of the Community Advisory Committee for the Albuquerque Bernalillo Water Utility Authority and, as a design reviewer for Albuquerque’s largest planned community, Mesa del Sol.
DowntownAbq MainStreet was a 2015 recipient of the Southwest Heart of the Community grant.