Kathy Kottaridis joined Historic Boston Inc. (HBI) as its Executive Director in 2007. A patient investor in the redevelopment and re-use of endangered historic buildings, HBI is recognized by its partners and collaborators for high quality projects that re-activate historic buildings projects for new uses. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh calls HBI “an invaluable ally in the development of thriving urban neighborhoods and the preservation of places we treasure.”
Under her leadership, HBI has undertaken $25 million in project investments, transforming eight abandoned historic structures into new mixed-use developments and leveraging considerable private investment. Among these are the rehabilitation of city’s oldest remaining fire house for HBI’s headquarters in Roxbury, and the redevelopment of architect H.H. Richardson’s only remaining commercial building in Boston for mixed-use housing and retail development.
Kottaridis’s career includes many years devoted to public and non-profit service. She served as Director of Economic Development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Director of the City of Boston’s Office of Business Development, and was the founding director of Boston Main Streets, the first city-wide Main Streets program in the country.
A native of Dover, NH, Kottaridis holds a BA in History from the University of New Hampshire, an MA in Historic Preservation from Boston University, and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School.