Madeleine Odendahl is the Director of Operations for District Bridges where she oversees the direction and coordination of the organization’s five Main Street programs, as well supporting the organization’s programmatic growth and operational sustainability. Previously, Ms. Odendahl served as the Executive Director of Eastern Market Main Street where she was responsible for developing and implementing all administrative and programmatic operations. Under her leadership, the organization increased contributed revenue by over 500% in two years; established EMMS’ social media platforms and grew the following by 97%; fostered a 43% engagement rate by corridor businesses, almost double the national average; and was named as the Best BID/Main Street 2019 by the Washington City Paper.
Before working in neighborhood development, Ms. Odendahl worked in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Corporate and Foundation Relations department. At the Kennedy Center, she was responsible for managing a portfolio of institutional donors that generated over $7.5 million in contributed revenue annually for programs such as the Center’s education and research initiatives, the District of Comedy Festival, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Ms. Odendahl also worked in fundraising and arts programming at the Birmingham Museum of Art, BURNAWAY, SouthArts, and the Railroad Park Foundation. Ms. Odendahl holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and English from Birmingham-Southern College.