Redevelopment Authority names five to new positions

May 31, 2018 – The Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority is pleased to announce five new staff additions to support the communications and neighborhood revitalization efforts of the economic development agency.

“The Redevelopment Authority is adding to our team to support growth in our neighborhood revitalization programs as we work to achieve our strategy of driving economic growth, job creation, social stability and shared prosperity for all residents of Hamilton County,” said Laura N. Brunner, President and CEO. “Our work in urban neighborhoods and throughout Hamilton County is expanding. The three new associates will provide valuable assistance to our expert teams leading those efforts.”

Amy Bancroft Named Landbank Associate

Amy Bancroft supports the Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation (HCLRC or Landbank) team and its mission to return vacant, blighted properties to productive use through a variety of programs. Amy provides pre-acquisition analysis of properties, market research and property surveys. She also helps oversee the application process for individuals and entities interested in acquiring properties from the Landbank. Amy works with key neighborhood partners in addition to coordinating efforts with the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Most recently, Amy managed three field offices for a multinational software company. She also spent six years as a plans examiner for Colerain Township. She has served as Mayor and on City Council for the City of North College Hill. Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign.

Cheryl Besl Named Communications & Digital Engagement Manager

Cheryl Besl is focused on sharing the Redevelopment Authority’s mission, core values and impact through strategies and engagement with the community. She most recently created marketing and communications campaigns on behalf of a variety of clients at a full service marketing agency in downtown Cincinnati. Cheryl led financial literacy initiatives for a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. and previously worked on Capitol Hill for a member of Congress. Cheryl serves on the board of Girls on the Run Greater Cincinnati. A graduate of Indiana University, Cheryl earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She serves on the board of directors of Girls on the Run Cincinnati.

Michael Golden, Jr. Named Real Estate Development Associate

Michael Golden supports the work of the Homesteading and Urban Redevelopment Corporation (HURC), a 501(c)(3) Ohio nonprofit corporation originally established by the City of Cincinnati under the HUD Urban Homesteading Program, and Director of HURC Deborah Robb. HURC acquires, stabilizes, rehabilitates and resells properties, focusing on low and moderate income home buyers. Michael provides pre-acquisition analysis, including feasibility studies, zoning analysis and market research. In addition, due diligence, developing project budgets and drafting RFQs and RFPs for a compliant bidding process are among Michael’s responsibilities.

Most recently, Michael completed an internship at the Hamilton County Planning & Development Department. He was recognized by the American Planning Association – Kentucky Chapter with the Outstanding Student Project Award. The School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati recognized Michael with a 2018 Outstanding Student Service Award. Michael earned a master’s degree in community planning at the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Management, Leadership, and Policy from The Ohio State University.

Matthew Johnson Named Real Estate Development Associate

Matthew Johnson supports the Rehab Across Cincinnati & Hamilton County (REACH) program and Director of Residential Development Elizabeth Eddy. Through REACH, the Redevelopment Authority has brought single-family residential rehabilitation and new construction homes to the neighborhoods of Evanston and Walnut Hills. Matthew’s responsibilities include pre-acquisition analysis, such as feasibility studies, zoning analysis, environmental considerations and required infrastructure. He will work with government agencies and municipalities on projects to ensure approval of permits and other compliance requirements. Matthew will support the Redevelopment Authority’s work to stabilize properties throughout Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati.

During an internship at the Cincinnati Development Fund, Matthew established a research protocol for identifying and recording community eligibility statistics, such as census data, and future needs. He has also worked in the office of economic development at the City of Newport, Kentucky where he inventoried development opportunities in the western section of the city. He was recognized by the American Planning Association – Kentucky Chapter with the Outstanding Student Project Award. The School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati recognized Matthew with the 2018 Outstanding Student Service Award for his work with Hughes STEM High School. Matthew earned a master’s degree in community planning at the University of Cincinnati and a master’s of theology at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in humanities from the Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina.


Mikhaela Renner Named Visual Communication Associate

Mikhaela Renner supports the marketing and communications team by creating design collateral and providing her creative expertise to measurably increase engagement. She spent the last two years working as the marketing coordinator for a U.S. based manufacturing company and as a freelance graphic designer for a wide variety of clients. She graduated from Miami University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and interactive media studies.


About the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority:

The Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority is the new name of the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority – changed in August 2017 by its Board of Directors to better reflect the 17-year-old agency’s revitalization mission and role in regional economic development. The Redevelopment Authority is a public, mission-driven development finance agency focused on revitalizing Hamilton County, Ohio, neighborhoods and legacy urban industrial sites. A port authority under Ohio Revised Code 4582, our diverse suite of programs and initiatives are structured to make significant impact to improve our region in ways that reduce poverty, improve land value and create well-paying jobs. The agency is governed by a board of directors appointed in equal number by the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. More information at


Gail Paul, VP of Communication Strategy

Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority