Georgette Steffens, Executive Director
Georgette Steffens was appointed Executive Director in September 2009. Before joining the BID, Georgette was the Director of Operations of Triad Consulting Group, Inc. of Cambridge Massachusetts, a consulting group which specializes in communications and negotiation to assist organizations in building capacity to manage difficult conversations and critical relationships within their work environment. Her responsibilities there included human resources, accounting, marketing and identifying new opportunities for growth. Prior to her position with Triad, Ms. Steffens worked for the City of Albany, serving as Director of the Albany HomeStore whose mission was to stabilize and strengthen Albany neighborhoods by increasing the rate of homeownership in the City. Her accomplishments included the development and implementation of an Employer Assisted Housing Program for local colleges and a down-payment assistance program for prospective homeowners. She also played a role in coordinating block-by-block improvement efforts in Albany’s Midtown and Arbor Hill neighborhoods and co-managed the Midtown Colleges and University study, a strategic plan to leverage the investment opportunities and programming needs of the colleges & universities in Albany’s Midtown to benefit the adjacent neighborhoods. Additionally, she held positions as Economic Developer for the City of Albany in the Department of Planning and Development, where her largest project included the Hudson Riverway pedestrian bridge that connects downtown Albany to its riverfront and phase I of the Corning Preserve redevelopment, and Program Coordinator for the Center for Economic Growth. Georgette holds a BA from Johnson State College in Vermont.
Rebecca Haizmann, Communications Coordinator
Rebecca Haizmann joined the BID in June 2014. As Communications Coordinator, she is responsible for the Organization's traditional and new media communications including the weekly e-newsletter, website and social media channels.
Most recently, she worked at The Record newspaper in Troy, NY in varying capacities ranging from copy editor to audience engagement editor. In the latter position, she worked to build relationships with Capital District residents, organizations and businesses to engage the community using both in-person and online events. She is passionate about utilizing her expert writing and digital skills to further the BID's mission.
Rebecca has a BA in Public Communications from The College of Saint Rose.
Marquita Rhodes, Assistant Director
Marquita joined the BID team in May 2011 as the Marketing Manager. Now as Assistant Director, Marquita assists in the development of advocacy polciies for Downtown Stakeholders. She continues to oversees the marketing and communication efforts of the BID, promoting and increasing the visibility of the fifty block district in downtown Albany. Prior to joining the BID, Rhodes led a wide range of agency projects including: brand development, marketing and advertising strategy, industry and customer communications, website development and media relations at an internationally recognized brand and communications firm. Marquita has also worked in New York and Italy managing community and housing programs for the U.S. Department of Defense. During her federal tenure, she implemented a global marketing campaign resulting in $2 million revenue and was instrumental in finding ways to save tax payers thousands of dollars.
An active participant in the community, Marquita has offered her public relations and advertising skills to both the Saratoga Festival of Trees (2006 - 2011) and Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (2009 - present). She was elected to SISC Board of Directors for the 2011 – 2012 session and is the current President of the organization. Marquita holds a Master’s of Public Policy from Regent University and a BA from Sweet Briar College.
Don Wilson, Operations Manager
Don joined the BID in January 2010. In his previous position, Don was the General Manager at The Mailworks, a direct mail solutions company based in Albany, NY. During his tenure at The Mailworks, Don honed his skills in managing profitable operations, highlighted by an effective combination of customer service and sales training with new market development and operations and business analysis. Prior to The Mailworks, Don served as General Manager for Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse, NY before relocating to the Capital Region. His demonstrable skills in working and negotiating with businesses and consumers will allow him to have immediate impact in his new role with the BID. Don holds a BS in Criminal Justice from the State University College at Brockport.