City of Bloomington Selects Community Development Director

Bloomington—Bloomington City Manager Jamie Verbrugge has selected Karla Henderson to be the City’s next Community Development Director. Henderson has an extensive background in planning, infrastructure maintenance, community engagement and economic development.

“Karla’s professional experience shows a wide array of skills in the public, private and nonprofit sectors," City Manager Verbrugge said. “I am confident she will be a great addition to our leadership team, to the City, and to our community."

Henderson’s municipal experience includes five years working for Highland Park, MI, a suburb of Detroit, and nine years in Ann Arbor, MI, where she advanced quickly from a mid-level supervisor to a department director. She also served three years as the head of planning and facilities for the city of Detroit, working directly for Mayor Dave Bing.  

During her time in Detroit, Henderson also served at an officer level for two area nonprofits and as director of capital development for Wayne County, MI. She later became the managing director/change strategist for a consulting firm working with cities and nonprofit organizations on economic and business development, comprehensive planning and project management.

"The Community Development Director is a critical leadership position in the City working at the intersection of social, economic, and environmental issues," Verbrugge said. "Karla Henderson is the right person right now to help advance the strategic priorities of the City Council and address the needs in our community."

Henderson’s first day with the City of Bloomington will be March 15.

“I am humbled and honored to be Bloomington’s next Community Development Director and join a team of extraordinary public servants," Henderson said. "There is much work to be done as we transition out of this pandemic and I am eager to serve the Bloomington community.”