NEWBURGH – Long-time Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress President Jonathan Drapkin is retiring from the think-tank organization at the end of the year. He made the announcement on Thursday.
“Throughout the Hudson Valley and New York State, Jonathan’s insight and guidance was often sought after,” said Suzanne Loughlin, Pattern Board chairwoman. “With the support of his talented staff, Pattern’s influence was felt in shaping the delivery of government services, the realization of downtown revitalization, understanding regional demographics, housing and so much more.”
Several notable programs were launched during Drapkin’s tenure, including the Urban Action Agenda to assist municipalities with their pathway forward; the Pattern Fellows, a mid-career training program on regionalism; Community Rebuilders, which assists residents in bringing ideas to fruition on how to better their communities; and the newest program, the Board Institute, which will create a pathway from the community to board service for underrepresented people.
Drapkin, who at one time was Sullivan County manager and before that, worked for New York City Mayor Ed Koch, said he looks forward “to continuing to be a part of the regional dialogue.”
A search committee of the board has been formed and has begun the process of finding Drapkin’s replacement.