Executive Director, Rebecca Range
The purpose of the PID is to fund public improvements and supplement basic services over and above those provided by the City of Dallas. To read the full story, click here.
This week, we're visiting with Rebecca Range, Executive Director for the Lake Highlands PID. She's sharing her insight on the non-profit and its mission, as well as a little background on how she came to be involved in the organization.
My alma mater: University of Oklahoma, B.S., and Masters of Public Affairs
My occupation: Executive Director, Lake Highlands Public Improvement District
How did you end up in the interview process for the PID Executive Director position?
I was doing volunteer work with a Dallas area Job Transition Network, assisting people in the community who were changing career fields or trying to find stable employment.
Someone sent me the vacancy announcement and suggested I apply, believing the job was a great fit for my professional background and personality.
What about your background do you feel afforded you’re the opportunity to land the job?
I’ve worked in the public sector for over 10 years and have always been drawn to municipality work.
I also have experience in marketing and diversity programs, which helps with this type of position. As a small non-profit, we do not have the luxury of hiring many employees, so it is important to be able to handle many different tasks.
Can you describe the importance of the PID relative to the success of the Skillman Corridor TIF?
The PID is a unique partnership among property owners and has goals similar to those of the TIF, as well as similar geographic boundaries.
As the PID moves forward to foster a dynamic economic environment, it will positively impact goals of the TIF as well. I see both programs as exciting and valuable tools for positive growth in Lake Highlands.
Are there any specific objectives that have been met so far?
We have completed our office administration set up and are pleased with our first major initiative, establishing an additional security patrol in the district. We are currently drafting a capital improvement plan and will soon start some basic landscaping projects in the area.
Other organizations you’re involved in: Preston Trail Pre-School volunteer, Dallas HR Managment Association, Urban Management Assistants of North Texas
My hobbies include: Running, biking, swimming and crafts
The most unusual, funniest or hardest job I’ve ever held: Early in my Air Force career, I was deployed to Bahrain and one of my “jobs” was to distract the local security guards, who were reluctant to let our food trucks enter the compound. I had to be creative and sometimes just downright theatrical.
What I'm passionate about: My husband, my daughters (ages 3 and 1) and support for veterans. I also enjoy working out.
On a typical Saturday you might find me: On a rare night, out with my husband. More often, picking up after the toy tornado that went through my house or possibly asleep on the couch.
Something others may be surprised to learn about me: I sold my Harley-Davidson when I started a family and have missed it almost every day since. I've started a new bike fund and will gladly accept contributions at any time!