Boyer’s next chapter – heading DIA?

Once her final term on Jacksonville’s City Council ends in July, District 5 Councilwoman Lori Boyer said she is interested in serving the City in another capacity – as CEO of the Downtown Investment Authority (DIA).

Lori Boyer
Lori Boyer

“I have expressed an interest,” said Boyer, who represents the Southbank as well as San Marco, St. Nicholas and San Jose. “I’ve done a lot of work on both the Northbank and Southbank during my tenure on City Council. I think we have a lot of potential in Downtown that is being realized right now, and we don’t want to lose momentum.”

Created in 2012 by former Mayor Alvin Brown, DIA serves to revitalize Downtown Jacksonville, including LaVilla, Brooklyn, and the Southbank, by utilizing Community Redevelopment Area resources and the Downtown Development Trust Fund to spur economic development. Former Southbank resident Aundra Wallace held the full-time CEO position until he resigned Oct. 1 to lead the JAXUSA Partnership at JAX Chamber. Currently Mayor Lenny Curry’s Chief of Staff Brian Hughes is serving as interim CEO.

In November, DIA contracted with Jorgenson Consulting, Inc., an executive search firm to help identify the next CEO.

“They are doing a search, and it’s me throwing my hat into the ring with anyone else that might be interested in it or that they might recruit from other places,” Boyer said, adding that she hasn’t yet submitted a resume. “They haven’t opened it yet for that [resume submissions]. It’s premature. But they have hired a search firm, and they are spec’ing what the job is, what they will look for. They may start interviewing a month from now. The timing kind of works for me.”

As representative for the Southbank, Boyer regularly engages with DIA and is currently City Council liaison with the agency. She is currently working with Downtown stakeholders on a revision of the Downtown Overlay and zoning codes and plans to submit new legislation in February to overhaul the entire overlay system.

Term limited this year, she was elected to two consecutive four-year terms on the Council starting in 2011 and was unanimously selected by her colleagues to serve as Council president for one year beginning in 2016. She has also spent two years heading up the Council’s Land Use and Zoning Committee.

Boyer is a graduate of both Georgetown University and the University of Florida Law School and began her legal career practicing land use and environmental law. In the early ‘90s she left private practice to work for several real estate investment and management companies founded by her late husband, Ron Nemeyer. Upon his death she became president of those companies, gaining significant experience in finance and construction management, which complimented her expertise in real estate, contracts and negotiation, according to her on-line biography.  

She is married to Fourth Circuit Judge Tyree Boyer and has lived in San Marco since 1987.

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