Boston, MA, Mayor Michelle Wu has announced the appointment of the Director of Nightlife Economy for the city. Corean Reynolds is initially charged with establishing a new team within the Economic Opportunity and Inclusion Cabinet that will recommend policies, programs, and initiatives to tackle long-standing urgent challenges facing Boston’s retention strategies.
Reynolds most recently served as the Director of Economic Inclusion at the Boston Foundation. Additionally, she co-founded and managed internal operations for the Boston Foundation’s Business Equity Fund, designed to address long-standing barriers to growth financing that have historically limited opportunity for Black and Latino entrepreneurs.
“Corean brings an important and unique perspective to the role of Director of Nightlife Economy, and I am glad to have someone join our team who is policy focused and has experience with efforts to close the racial wealth gap,” said Segun Idowu, Chief of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion. “Her leadership and passion for economic inclusion will help us advance Mayor Wu’s vision of a city that has a robust, vibrant, and family-friendly nightlife economy for all residents and visitors.”
Reynolds will be responsible for engaging internal and external stakeholders to better understand the post-pandemic challenges to a nightlife economy; working to redefine and reimagine late night in Boston; and analyzing citywide initiatives regarding inclusivity. Her main focus will be achieving Cabinet-level priorities, such as advancing post-pandemic recovery efforts, revitalizing Boston’s neighborhoods, delivering equitable investments, and providing access to shared prosperity.
“We are working to create more opportunities for residents and businesses to help our night scene grow and bolster our local economy across the board,” said Mayor Wu. “I’m grateful to Corean for her leadership and look forward to advancing our work for a culturally vibrant, inclusive city with economic opportunity and community welcoming to all.”