Davon Barbour

President & CEO

Prior to joining the DDD, Davon served as the Vice President of Advocacy & Economic Development for The Hollywood Partnership, which manages the Hollywood Entertainment District and is home of the world-famous Walk of Fame. Prior to that role, he led the Community & Economic Development Division of the Los Angeles County Development Authority where he oversaw the county’s redevelopment initiatives, revolving loan portfolio, construction administration, and the nation’s largest urban county district Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. He played a lead role in developing and administering more than $150M in COVID-19 economic recovery programs.

In his role as Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Davon led the organization to win an Award of Excellence in economic development from the International Downtown Association (IDA) for its TechConnect business attraction program. Davon considers his proudest professional achievement to date, the development of a master plan and urban renewal legislation for an ambitious $2 billion mixed-use redevelopment project that includes up to two million square feet of life sciences and technology space, new mixed-income housing, park space and local employment opportunities to revitalize neighborhoods that encompass the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital in his hometown of Baltimore, MD.

Davon has both created and administered retail attraction and retention programs for multiple cities. His strategic recommendations led to the creation of The Commissary in Downtown Rochester, New York. The social entrepreneurship facility is the first kitchen incubator and only shared kitchen permitted in the region with the mission of creating and cultivating local homegrown new food business concepts. As Director of the City of Hollywood’s Community & Economic Development Department, he led the city to win three (3) consecutive annual awards from the National Community Development Association.

Davon has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles throughout his career. He is extensively engaged in the Innovative Commerce Serving Communities (ICSC) where he is the Western Division P3 Public Chair, past Eastern Division P3 Public Sector Chair, and a former faculty member of its University of Shopping Centers. Davon is also a past Vice Chair and Membership Committee Chair of IDA. He has served on advisory panels and/or authored works for ICSC, IDA, and the Urban Land Institute. Davon is a former part-time professional West African dancer/instructor and arts advocate. When not working, he enjoys dancing, foreign films, vinyl record collecting and speaking French.

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