Carmichael Improvement District Hires Management Team

Carmichael, CA  |  Story and photos by Jacqueline Fox
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Jenifer McDonald, founder, McDonald Association Management Company, Inc., and newly appointed Carmichael Improvement District administrative manager. Photo by Jacqueline Fox

Carmichael, CA (MPG) - The board of directors for the Carmichael Improvement District (CID) for Fair Oaks Boulevard, has signed a contract with a Sacramento-based management firm to, in part, oversee all financial and contractual agreements with its members and service providers, as well as the crafting of the CID’s long-range strategic plan.

Jenifer McDonald, founder of McDonald Association Management Company, Inc., is a long-time resident of Carmichael.  Her company has been delivering association management services to trade organizations and nonprofits, among other entities, since 2004.  This will be its first foray into the business of managing the administrative processes for a Public Business Improvement District or PBID, which involves a collective of roughly 437 commercial property owners operating within the 410-acre Fair Oaks Boulevard Business Improvement corridor, as well as contracted service providers overseeing security and street clean up.

“I’m very excited to be able to roll up my sleeves and get down to work with our board of directors to ensure the longevity and vitality of the CID,” said McDonald.  She brings more than two decades of experience in the California State Legislature, as well as executive management for some of the state’s largest trade associations, including the California Dental Hygienists’ Association, the California/Western States Chapter of the ESOP Association, the Association of California Healthcare Districts/ALPHA Fund.

McDonald also has provided executive management services for the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA) and The California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors of Northern California.

McDonald’s contract with the Carmichael Improvement District is for three years.  Her appointment completes a short list of contractual agreements between CID board members and outside agencies hired to oversee different components of the CID’s infrastructure and services to its stakeholders.

In July, CID board members awarded contracts to Matt Carroll, owner of Sacramento-based Paladin Private Security, and Hilary Gould, owner of Fair Oaks-based Gould Electric and PBID Maintenance to provide armed security patrol and street maintenance services respectively to the roughly 437 commercial businesses located within the CID’s 2.5 mile boundary lines. 

McDonald’s role will be to ensure the viability of those and future contracts with the CID, as well as the facilitation of the collection of property assessments, which fund the CID’s budget of just under $302,000.  She will be working closely with CID board members to craft its strategic plan, further develop CID policies, complete build out of the its member database and pushing to bring in new members.

“One of my first orders of business is already in progress,” said McDonald.  “That is to take the CID member database and really get to know who our members are, reach out to them and then start working on developing relationships with the rest of the area business and property owners to begin building up our membership.”

The PBID for Fair Oaks Boulevard, or the CID, was approved by just under 70 percent of local property owners in the fall of 2016.  Its renewable, five-year agreement with the county may be expanded to include a wider tax base and coverage area over the next five years.

CID Meeting Information:

CID Board meetings are held at the Carmichael Library meeting room at 5605 Marconi Ave. on the fourth Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. These meetings are open to the public.