She will oversee the day-to-day functions of the organization, including programming and services for commercial tenants along a 25-block stretch of Jamaica Avenue that includes 369 ground floor storefronts.
Olivares previously served as program director for Cypress Hills Business Partners at the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation.
During her tenure, she conducted a Commercial District Needs Assessment (CDNA) in partnership with the Department of Small Business Services and implemented a multitude of organizing, marketing, and revitalization programming based on needs identified through the CDNA.
As part of her work, Olivares organized dozens of local merchants to not only report on their needs, but to take leadership of their community by forming a merchant’s association with over 50 active members.
Prior to her role at Cypress Hills, Olivares spent six years providing workforce development services as senior career advisor at ASA College. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Office Management from ASA and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from St. Joseph’s College.
Olivares succeeds longtime executive director Maria Thomson, who passed away in January.