Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, President, Rochester Downtown Dev Corp

Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, President, Rochester Downtown Dev Corp

hiHeidi Zimmer-Meyer is currently President of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation (RDDC), where she has held a number of positions over the past 32 years.

Ms. Zimmer-Meyer is Vice Chair of the NYS Urban Council, and serves on the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Workgroup of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. She also serves on the Advisory Board for RIT’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship; the City’s Parking Advisory Committee; Rochester Convention Center Management Corporation Board; and as an alternate on the City Planning Commission. She has been very involved with the Rochester Area Community Foundation, serving on its Board as a Vice President and Chair of its Mission Related Investing Subcommittee, and was active on the Facing Race, Embracing Equity (FR=EE) initiative’s Jobs & Economic Growth Workgroup. Ms. Zimmer-Meyer also served for 21 years as Executive Director of Downtown Special Services, Inc. (DSSI), the charitable not-for-profit corporation that operated the “Red Shirts” program using retired and off-duty law enforcement personnel to provide on-street safety services.

Prior to joining RDDC, Ms. Zimmer-Meyer was Special Assistant to the State Director for the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in Greensboro, North Carolina; a consultant to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and staff assistant to the Buffalo Landmark and Preservation Board in Buffalo, New York. She holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning with a joint degree in Economic Development and Real Estate Development from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. degree from the University of Rochester with a double major in Anthropology and Urban Sociology.