BGR chief stepping down by end of year; national search underway for new leader

By Ben Myers

Source: The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

October 6, 2021

Bureau of Governmental Research President and CEO Amy Glovinsky said Wednesday that she will leave the nonprofit organization at the end of the year.

Glovinsky, who led the good government advocacy organization for nearly six years, did not provide a reason for leaving or identify any future plans.

“For the immediate future, I am singularly focused on facilitating the transition to BGR’s next leader. After a brief pause, I will determine where and how I will make my next professional contribution to our community,” Glovinsky said in a news release.

Formed nearly a century ago, BGR issues regular research reports on New Orleans public-policy issues such as city budgeting, taxation and major public-private developments. Under Glovinsky, the group questioned the rationale of a major hotel development by the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and came out against a controversial redistribution of property tax millages that would have cut funding to the New Orleans Public Library. The millages, which were backed by Mayor LaToya Cantrell, were voted down.

During Glovinsky’s tenure, BGR published “more than 50 public policy reports on critical issues in Orleans, St. Tammany and Jefferson parishes, with topics including municipal budgets and taxation, infrastructure, public education funding, public pensions, property assessments and accountability for federal pandemic relief funds,” the news release states.

Glovinsky appears to be parting with BGR on good terms, with Board Chairperson Norma Grace stating that Glovinsky’s “transformative leadership” had greatly benefitted the organization. For her part, Glovinsky said she is leaving “with the highest respect for BGR.”

BGR will conduct a national search for its next leader, with the expectation of filling the position in time for Glovinsky’s exit, according to the news release.

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