Deardra Green-Campbell was named commerce director for the Gary Department of Commerce.
Updated: April 10, 2014 12:55PM
GARY — Deardra Green-Campbell, a Gary native, has been appointed city commerce director to oversee a list of economic development initiatives outlined by Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson during her annual State of the City Address.
“It is an honor and privilege to return to my hometown to employ my professional knowledge and skills from the past 30 years to help advance the mayor’s vision for a thriving city,” Green-Campbell said. “The team is working hard to develop robust commercial activity, create employment opportunities in jobs that pay livable wages, and ensure an exceptional quality of life for Gary residents. I’m ready to do my part to help.”
As commerce director, Green-Campbell will be responsible for the oversight and coordination of the community development, redevelopment, planning, building, zoning and environmental activities for the city. The coordination of these departments will help ensure that individuals and companies seeking to conduct business in Gary encounter a simplified, seamless process.
“I am so proud to have another talented, Gary grown person join us in the crusade to bring Gary back,” said Freeman-Wilson. “Deardra has the knowledge, experience and an established network that are sure to result in more economic growth for our city.”
The position was previously held by J. Forest Hayes who led the effort to establish the Department of Commerce before Freeman-Wilson tapped him to lead the Gary Economic Development Corp.
“We are excited that the Department of Commerce and the Gary Economic Development Corp. will work together to enhance opportunities for existing businesses, attract new businesses and create jobs for local residents,” Freeman-Wilson said. “This underscores our message that the city of Gary is open for business.”
Green-Campbell previously served as an executive in the investment and banking sectors for more than 20 years. She has worked for some of the nation’s leading financial services firms including Dreyfus Service Corp., NationsBank (now Bank of America) and Charles Schwab & Co.
Green-Campbell received her formal education at Purdue and Western Michigan universities and has completed extensive coursework in financial planning, banking and investments. In addition to being an expert trainer and workshop facilitator, she is also a developer of training materials for other industry professionals.