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Five Points Association hires new executive director

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Heather McDonald is the new executive director of the Five Points Association. (Photo/Provided)

The Five Points Association, a nonprofit organization that oversees efforts to promote and develop the Five Points district in Columbia, has hired Heather McDonald to serve as its new executive director.

As executive director, she will serve as the key advocate for the Five Points district as well as the manager of the association’s daily operations, its board of directors, annual events and more, according to a news release.

“I have always loved Five Points and the energy it carries,” McDonald said. “From working in the district while I was in college at the University of South Carolina, it really feels like I’m coming home. I believe there is something special brewing in Five Points and I cannot wait to build relationships in this community and work towards the future of this important district.”

McDonald has more than 20 years of experience in business development, marketing and nonprofit management. She has served as a board member for the Contemporaries with the Columbia Museum of Art, president of the board of directors of The Therapy Place and the Time to Give chairperson for Columbia Opportunity Council.

“The leadership and experience McDonald brings to the executive director role will benefit Five Points and the Association,” said Steve Cook, president of the Five Points Association. “Her ability to build consensus among key audiences will allow the organization to have a true advocate for the area.”

Five Points was founded in 1915 and is one of the most distinctive districts in Columbia. It is currently home to more than 100 businesses, including retailers, restaurants and bars, commercial businesses, living spaces and more.

Founded in 1983, the Five Points Association is the only nonprofit organization to govern the commercial neighborhood district.

“It starts with our community – the district’s businesses, neighbors, students, residents, property owners and tourists,” McDonald said. “All of them are important and need to be heard. I am here to listen and act on the behalf of our great community.”

Reach Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.

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