Dichondra Johnson named first executive director of Hamtramck Parks Conservancy

The Yemeni American News

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – The Hamtramck Parks Conservancy has hired Dichondra R. Johnson to be its first executive director. A partnership between the City of Hamtramck and Hamtramck Public Schools, the Hamtramck Parks Conservancy oversees the use of the 26 acres of designated park land in Hamtramck.

Initially formed in 2020, the intention of creating an independent Hamtramck Parks Conservancy was to ensure the financial longevity of the Parks in Hamtramck. In its first structure, the conservancy was led by Interim Executive Director David Palmer, who oversaw the hiring of Johnson as the first Executive Director.

“With a love of the outdoors and public spaces, Ms. Johnson is thrilled to serve the residents of Hamtramck, Michigan and metropolitan Detroit in her new leadership role.”

Johnson comes from a background of business, non-profits and government. Her work spearheading a state-wide initiative on the Michigan Veteran Friendly Schools program was awarded with the 2020 Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence award.

“Ms. Johnson is a highly respected industry leader who brings more than 25 years of experience in the arts, business, education, non-profit organizational management and government,” reads a press release from the Hamtramck Parks Conservancy. “She has diverse expertise in program development and creating mission-driven partnership collaborations.”

Over the next few years, Hamtramck’s Recreation District Plan drives the direction for expanding the reach of Parks in the community. With recreation leagues, youth sports clinics, and updated park amenities in the near future, the new leader of the Hamtramck Parks Conservancy has a lot of work ahead of her.