Downtown Brooklyn Partnership Co-Chair MaryAnne Gilmartin, also the chief executive officer of Forest City Ratner Companies, sent an email to board members of the organization yesterday announcing Reed’s resignation. His last day will be Aug. 5.I think this qualifies as an amicable departure, in contrast to ones that occur abruptly or quietly:
“Over the past four and a half years Tucker has been a stalwart champion of Downtown Brooklyn and has presided over a period of great prosperity and economic expansion for our community,” Gilmartin wrote in the email, which was obtained by CO. “As the greater Downtown Brooklyn area ushered in an era of unprecedented new development, Tucker led our business community with bold, smart and savvy programming and spearheaded groundbreaking policy initiatives that will serve our community and our city for decades to come.”
Gilmartin indicated that Reed did not have immediate plans for where he is going, but has been mulling heading into the real estate industry or the entrepreneurial realm.Well, Reed certainly is qualified to work for Forest City or other developers, or to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Joe Chan, and head real estate projects for Empire State Development, the state authority overseeing/shepherding Atlantic Yards.
“As the ever-selfless and responsible leader, rather than test the waters on our time, Tucker has decided to take some time off to weigh options and gain inner clarity on his next move,” Gilmartin said. “Given all he has done for the organization, we plan to offer our unqualified support in honoring this request.”
Surely his successor at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership will maintain an amicable relationship with bosses such as Gilmartin.