Building Boom in Beacon Hill’s Backyard at Jan 7 Women’s Forum

BRA’s Randi Lathrop to speak at Beacon Hill Women’s Forum

BRA’s Randi Lathrop to speak at Beacon Hill Women’s Forum

The city’s first director of business development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority will talk about exciting new projects planned for the city of Boston at the January 7 meeting of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum, an organization formed last May to connect and inspire neighborhood women.

A leader in both the city and in her own neighborhood, Randi Lathrop now heads the division created to strengthen the relationships between the business community and the Authority, which is the planning and economic development agency for the city of Boston. In her role, she oversees retail, industrial, commercial, manufacturing, life technology, creative economy, the innovation district and the ONEin3 program.

Prior to her current role at the Authority, she managed its staff that oversees planning initiatives and rezoning for Boston neighborhoods for ten years. Her own focus has been on the redevelopment of Washington Street in Boston’s South End and Lower Roxbury. She is now leading a team of professionals at the BRA on the identity and branding strategy for Downtown Boston’s business improvement district.

A former teacher and arts gallery manager, Lathrop moved to the South End in 1985 and has been active ever since in her neighborhood’s revitalization efforts, including the Washington Gateway Main Street project that has received national awards for its successful revitalization efforts.

The meeting, which includes appetizers and a cash bar, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hampshire House. There is an annual $50 joining fee and $20 charge for each meeting. Members may register online at  For more information, email [email protected].

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