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Erin Stryka
Letter from Executive Director Erin Stryka

Dear friends and neighbors,

I am delighted to share with you that I have accepted the position of Executive Director at Rosedale Development Association. When I first came to Rosedale back in 2011, I quickly discovered what makes Rosedale special: passionate, engaged and talented community members working together to serve their neighbors.

Rosedalians’ commitment to building a better neighborhood shaped everything I saw, from kids painting beautiful murals and playing zombie tag in Healthy Kids Club (my first Rosedale job), to neighborhoods organizing cleanup days, to people coming together to repair homes, plant gardens, coach youth sports, and make their voices heard in advocacy for a new bus line, new sidewalks, and a new Rosedale Master Plan that reflects the big dreams of this community.

I had the honor of working under two of RDA’s awesome previous Directors.

Wendy Wilson taught me to stop what I’m doing and listen carefully to every Rosedalian who comes into our office, and to be a fierce advocate alongside neighbors who are committed to the hard work of making change.

Heidi Holliday taught me to passionately pursue neighborhood health and to provide the high quality of programs and services that Rosedalians deserve. I’m grateful for the chance to build on their many years of hard work and dedicated service.

Most importantly, I’ve had the opportunity over the last two years to hear from Rosedalians through the Rosedale Community Survey, the Rosedale Master Plan process, the 55 interviews with Rosedalians, and “Dinner with your Data” about this community’s priorities, needs, and hopes for the future.

Rosedalians showed up at every step to make sure that RDA has a clear picture of what the neighborhood wants, and we at RDA have the huge responsibility of moving forward in the direction the community has marked out.

We have a lot of work ahead of us, and I am so excited to be working in partnership with all of you to build a strong and healthy neighborhood for all who live, work, and play here.


Erin Stryka