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Heritage Area selects new director
Lowell Perry Jr.

The City of Yuma welcomes Lowell Perry Jr., whom the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Board of Directors selected as its new executive director.

Perry succeeds YCNHA’s inaugural director Charles Flynn, who is retiring after nearly two decades in that position.

“The nationwide search netted many high-caliber candidates, which we narrowed to two, and made the difficult choice last week,” said Tom Rushin, the board member who serves as transition liaison. “Lowell Perry Jr. has the mix of private sector and nonprofit experience that are critical to our continued success.”

Perry was most recently the Director of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood with the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland. Prior to that he was part of the management team of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, first as CEO of the Middle Tennessee agency in Nashville, and later as a senior vice president in the national office in Dallas. His private sector experience ranges from working as front office executive for the Seattle Seahawks pro football team, to serving as COO of an automotive systems and components manufacturing operation in Detroit, Michigan.

Perry, a Yale grad, begins immediately, working with Flynn on a transition plan.

“Meeting with key partners, such as the City of Yuma, the Quechan Indian Tribe and the farming community is my first priority,” Perry said. “I am also inheriting a motivated and talented staff that will help me hit the ground running.”

Flynn will continue in a consulting role to support the transition.