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DLP Board of Directors appoint executive director

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Downtown Lexington Partnership (DLP) Board of Directors has announced that Allen McDaniel has been named the new Executive Director, effective February 6, 2023. 

McDaniel, a lifelong resident of Central Kentucky, holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Public Administration from Morehead State University.  With more than 10+ years of experience in fundraising and leadership in the Lexington community, McDaniel is well-versed in the multi-faceted non-profit sector.  

Board Chair Jennifer Taylor stated, “The last six months have been a time of transition, but most importantly, growth. The selection committee, comprised of nine executive board members, has spent a significant amount of time evaluating the current state of DLP, our identity, and our mission to redefine the future direction of our organization. Our search for a new executive director began with over one hundred applicants. It ended with three finalists going through an in-depth interview process, including a presentation of a formal plan of action. The decision was difficult, as all finalists brought a wealth of experience and energy to the table. We are at a pivotal moment full of opportunity and feel that we can accomplish the most under Allen’s leadership.” 

Laura Farnsworth, Director of Development & Events, who has been serving as Interim Executive Director, shared, “On behalf of the staff, I am excited to welcome Allen to the team and am eager to begin working with him. I am confident his experience and leadership will be valuable assets to the organization, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to make downtown Lexington even better.” 

Additionally, executive committee member and former board chair Steve Kelly commented, “The committee feels that Allen’s selection to lead DLP brings a uniquely qualified individual with a strong understanding of the key working relationships that have established Lexington as the best place to live, work and play. We look forward to his leadership providing a bright future and greater opportunities for a united Downtown Lexington for all its neighbors.” 

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