Photo courtesy of Charlotte Center City Partners

Charlotte Center City Partners has hired Phillip “Dr. O” Otienoburu as senior vice president of community development. 

Otienoburu previously held positions as a sector leader at Self-Help Credit Union & Venture Fund, and as a tenured professor at Johnson C. Smith University.

He holds a master’s degree from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. 

Otienoburu currently serves on Sustain Charlotte’s board of directors.

Michael Smith, Center City Partners’ president and CEO, said in a statement that Otienoburu “brings a solid track record of convening diverse groups of stakeholders to tackle complex issues.”

CCCP’s community development team works to promote Uptown Charlotte – including its business and residential stakeholders – through programming, placemaking and advocacy.

Center City Partners is one of four municipal service districts (MSDs) operating in Charlotte; the others are in University City, SouthPark and South End.

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Otienoburu will work with the Center City Ambassadors program and be responsible for special projects, including partnership initiatives with Envision Charlotte, an environmental sustainability organization.

Otienoburu lives in the Charlotte area with his wife and two sons. He began his new job on Feb. 1.

Rick Thurmond, who previously held the title of senior vice president of community development, is now CCCP’s chief marketing officer.

Founder and publisher of Qcitymetro, Glenn has worked at newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and The Charlotte Observer.

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