Jan Brodie will be the executive director of Rhode Island's I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, its board announced. She will begin on May 20.

The board screened more than 200 candidates before voting unanimously to offer Brodie the job, it said Monday.

The commission oversees development of 21 acres that were opened up by the relocation of Interstate 195 in downtown Providence. The property consists of parts of the city formerly covered by the highway.

"The goal of the commission is to build a world-class infrastructure that capitalizes on the assets of the city and the state to create jobs for our residents," said commission chairman Colin Kane. "Jan Brodie was the best choice for the position."

Brodie has more than 25 years of development experience.

Since 2008, she has been the northeast regional director of Community Builders, a Boston real-estate development organization. Previously she was the vice president of the Armory Revival Company in Providence, R.I.

Recently, the commission, along with Gov. Lincoln Chafee, the congressional delegation, local assembly members, private city officials and private sector leaders broke ground on infrastructure work beginning on the former I-195 land. Initial roadwork, utility work and development of open-space areas on the western end of the parcel has already begun.

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