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Abigail Thorne-Lyman Named New Base Reuse Director

Alameda City Manager Jennifer Ott has chosen Abigail Thorne-Lyman to lead the Base Reuse and Economic Development Department, formerly known as the Community Development Department. This pivotal department holds the responsibility of executing the city’s objectives and policies concerning the revitalization and repurposing of the former Naval Air Station, now Alameda Point. The department also oversees management of other public assets within the city while striving to foster a financially sustainable and diverse community.

Alameda Post - Abigail Thorne-Lyman stands in front of greenery and smiles. Abigail is the new Director of the Base Reuse and Economic Development Department
Abigail Thorne-Lyman will serve as Director of the Base Reuse and Economic Development Department as the City works to cultivate Alameda Point. Photo courtesy City of Alameda.

“Alameda Point’s redevelopment will play a critical role in the City’s future economic growth, as well as in the expansion of parks and infrastructure to support the quality of life of all of our residents,” City Manager Ott said. “Following an extensive search, I’m eager to welcome Abby to the City’s executive team. Abby’s expertise in advancing politically and logistically complex real estate, housing, and economic development projects and programs make her ideal to serve Alameda in this role.”

With more than two decades of experience in real estate and economic development, Abigail Thorne-Lyman brings a wealth of expertise to the City of Alameda. Her professional journey spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors across the Bay Area and the nation. Notably, Thorne-Lyman recently held the position of Director of Real Estate and Property Development at BART, where she was at the helm of BART’s extensive real estate portfolio. Her oversight included steering the complexities of transit-oriented developments integral to BART operations.

“I’m very excited to join the executive team at the City of Alameda and look forward to advancing the development of Alameda Point and furthering the economic development strategy for the City,” Thorne-Lyman said. She begins her new role on September 25, 2023.

The Base Reuse and Economic Development Department (BRED) encompasses three divisions. The Base Reuse division spearheads the realization of the city’s vision to transform the sprawling 880-acre Alameda Point into a dynamic mixed-use, transit-centric development, while the Economic Development division takes charge of bolstering and expanding Alameda’s tax base and employment opportunities. The Asset Management division is entrusted with the oversight of an extensive portfolio of city-owned and leased properties throughout Alameda.

The City expressed gratitude to Andrew Thomas, who served as the interim director. Previously the City’s Director of Planning, Building, and Transportation, Thomas will continue to support BRED through the end of the year.

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