Renton Downtown Partnership announces new Executive Director

Josh Shulkind joins from Clover Park Technical College, where he worked as its grant development manager.

Renton Downtown Partnership (RDP) announced the appointment of Joshua Shulkind as their new executive director.

“Josh’s expertise in community development, business management, and a passion for enhancing urban experiences will lead our organization into an exciting new chapter,” said RDP Board President Jennifer Thompson. “He’s the ideal candidate to lead our organization as we continue working to enhance Renton’s downtown area and create a vibrant urban hub for residents, visitors, and businesses.”

Shulkind joins RDP from Clover Park Technical College, where he worked as its grant development manager. In his first three months, he obtained over $715,000 in grants to fund programs.

“I am honored to join the Renton Downtown Partnership and work alongside the dedicated team and community stakeholders to elevate the downtown area to new heights,” said Shulkind in a statement. “Renton has incredible potential, and I am eager to use my skills and passion to help shape a downtown that reflects this remarkable city’s vibrancy, diversity, and creativity.”

Shulkind also served as the founder and executive director of Thrive Cities in Edgewood, where he recruited and led a four-person board of directors producing events to build communities where families and individuals grow to their fullest potential.

During his two years at Puyallup Food Bank (2021-2023), he implemented the Navigation and Partnerships Program. The program allowed food bank clients to tell their stories, which gave food bank staff the necessary information to refer them to community resources and services to help overcome those challenges.

“Josh’s proven history of successfully spearheading initiatives shows his deep commitment to fostering vibrant, inclusive, thriving communities,” Thompson said in a statement. “His ability to support local businesses and engage community members aligns perfectly with the Renton Downtown Partnership’s mission to enhance the quality of life in downtown Renton.”

The Renton Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the downtown district’s economic vitality, cultural vibrancy, and overall appeal.

“By fostering collaboration between businesses, residents, and local government, the partnership strives to create an inviting and dynamic urban environment that attracts visitors, supports commerce, and celebrates the downtown community’s unique character,” The Renton Downtown Partnership stated about the organization’s mission.

Shulkind will take over leadership of the partnership on Monday, Aug. 28.