FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2017
City of Georgetown
CONTACT: Suzanne Abed-El-Latif
Director of Economic Development Position
GEORGETOWN, S.C. – The City of Georgetown is pleased to announce the selection of its new Director of Economic Development. After a selection process involving 17 candidates, Dr. Gloria Bromell Tinubu was selected to fill this most important position. The City is excited to have her on board and be a part of its management team. Dr. Bromell Tinubu will begin employment with the City on Monday, February 13th.
Dr. Gloria Bromell Tinubu is an applied economist, educator, and former public servant with over 20 years of experience in community economic development and higher education as well as over 35 years of experience in public policy. Born in Georgetown County’s Brookgreen Gardens and raised in Plantersville, Dr. Bromell Tinubu is the seventh of eight children born to the late Beatrice and Charlie Bromell. Dr. Bromell Tinubu graduated second in her class from Choppee High School, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University, became the first African American woman to earn a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Clemson University, and later the first African American, male or female, to receive a Ph.D. in applied economics from Clemson. Dr. Bromell Tinubu and her husband Soji, also a graduate of Clemson University with a master’s degree in civil engineering, have been married for over 40 years and have four adult children and four grandchildren.
Former President of Barber-Scotia College and former tenured professor and Chair of the Economics Department at Spelman College, Dr. Bromell Tinubu is a teaching associate in the College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University. Dr. Bromell Tinubu currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of South Carolina, Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, Conway Innovation Center, The Mitney Project in Georgetown, and Palmetto Works Community Development Corporation in Conway, and has been working for the past 2 years with Each One Teach One to launch cooperative entrepreneurship education and training for underrepresented youth and under-resourced communities. She is an associate of the Waccamaw Chapter of the American Leadership Forum and Governor Riley’s Diversity Leadership Institute at Furman University. She is a former member of the Georgia General Assembly, the Georgia Board of Education, and the Atlanta City Council.
Dr. Bromell Tinubu’s has extensive experience in community and economic development having served on numerous economic development boards such as the Atlanta Economic Development Corporation, the Atlanta Development Authority, and the Urban Residential Finance Authority. As a city council member, she secured funding, launched, and completed a redevelopment plan for a low-income commercial corridor, created an economic development corporation to implement the redevelopment plan, and organized a business alliance for the corridor. As the Chair of the Community Development Committee for the City of Atlanta, she provided oversight for three departments (Housing/Community Development, Planning, and Parks and Recreation) with combined budgets totaling over $250 million. She founded the Atlanta Cooperative Development Corporation, secured $7.5 million for the purchase and rehabilitation of a 200-unit affordable housing complex, provided financial management for a limited partnership with assets of over $8 million, and won a $1 million federal grant to launch a matched savings and asset building program that assisted low-income families in owning a home, starting a business, or going to college. She founded and developed the Atlanta Neighborhood Deputies Program, a city-wide citizen-driven code enforcement initiative that received national recognition.
For Dr. Bromell Tinubu, serving as Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Georgetown “is more than a job, it is an opportunity to fulfill my life’s purpose.” She says, “As a young girl, my dream was to go to college, get the education my community needed, and then come back and do the work. As Sam Cooke says in his song ‘I was born by the river’, and it has truly been ‘a long time coming’ for me. This position is giving me the opportunity to do what I’ve always dreamed of doing and for that, I am eternally grateful and look forward, with great anticipation, to working collaboratively with all members of the Georgetown community.”