Evelyn Darling has stepped down from her position as executive director of the Fields Corner Main Street, to take a position with Viet-AID, which is also based in Fields Corner.
Darling had been with the business development non-profit since 2005.
“I wanted to grow my career and have more opportunities,” said Darling, who will be Viet-AID’s new community and real estate development organizer.
Partially funded through federal dollars administered by the city of Boston, Main Street groups work to revitalize commercial districts in Boston neighborhoods. There are 20 Main Street Districts city-wide.
Darling will be temporarily replaced by Rosanne Foley, a member of the organization’s Advisory Committee, who has also worked with the Uphams Corner Main Streets. Eventually a new executive director will be hired.
“Evelyn put a tremendous amount of effort into building relationships on behalf of the betterment of Fields Corner,” said Lee Adelson, president of the group’s board. “We want to continue what Evelyn has done during her tenure and build on that.”
Adelson said the group hopes to have a new director in place within 60 days.
“We want someone who has the big picture in mind, is detailed oriented, and has an understanding of what the community wants,” said Adelson.
Although Darling will not be leaving the neighborhood, Adelson and other members of the board, said she will be missed.
“She was a one woman dynamo that handled every task that came across her desk while at the same time building strong and lasting relationships with the Fields Corner neighborhood businesses,” said Ed Geary Jr., vice president of the board. “There are touches of her tireless work everywhere within the business district.”
Looking forward, Darling said the neighborhood faces a number of challenges, but that she is confident the organization and community is up for it.
“I think the board and I have put together a strong platform so the new person can grow the organization,” said Darling. “I know there’s a lot that needs to be done with promotion and building a permanent presence online. We’ve done a lot to enhance the community and now it’s time to promote it.”
Reflection on her almost decade of service to the neighborhood, Darling said a number of accomplishments were made, including bringing bigger projects to the neighborhood.
“When I came on there wasn’t a director for almost three years and they hadn’t done many big projects,” said Darling. “We started to engage the business and build upon that; one of first successes was seeing the post office and eventually the whole building renovated.”