Alum to Serve as Executive Director of SLU’s Redevelopment Corporation
Brooks Goedeker (MSW ’04), a Saint Louis University alumnus who has worked in the
community development field for nearly 15 years, has been selected to lead the redevelopment
corporation that SLU formed earlier this year to help revitalize the Midtown area.
He begins his new role at the University April 3.
The University established the Midtown Redevelopment Corporation through Chapter
353 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri — known as the “Urban Redevelopment Corporation
Law,” As the area’s master developer, SLU has the authority to grant limited financial
incentives and has final say in all new projects.
As executive director of the redevelopment corporation, one of Goedeker’s primary
responsibilities will be to bring in other parties to invest in a nearly 400-acre
area around and between SLU’s north and south campuses. He’ll also develop land-use
plans, review development proposals and work with public officials, among numerous
“To achieve our strategic goal of becoming a leader in just land use and responsible
urban design, it is essential to have someone of Brooks’ experience and expertise
to lead our redevelopment corporation,” said Vice President and CFO David Heimburger,
noting that the new position was part of an approved reorganization plan for the facilities
“Brooks has spent his career working with others and bringing people together to rebuild
and revitalize communities,” Heimburger added. “And his passion for preserving and
growing mixed-income neighborhoods aligns perfectly with our strategic priorities
and our Catholic, Jesuit mission.”
Prior to coming to SLU, Goedeker served as the executive director of Park Central
Development, a nonprofit organization that promotes development in the city’s central
corridor, including The Grove and parts of the Central West End. In that role, he
oversaw approximately 50 percent — or $2.2 billion — of all construction projects
in the city of St. Louis between 2013-2017.
Goedeker also has served as a community development manager with the Washington University
Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation where he directed community initiatives related
to social and human services, economic development, and public infrastructure, among
Beyond St. Louis, Goedeker has worked in communities across the country, including
Philadelphia, Memphis and Minneapolis, as a project manager with Urban Strategies
— a St. Louis-based nonprofit that specializes in human services development and neighborhood
In addition to earning his master’s degree in social work at SLU, Goedeker has taught
courses in leadership, community development and nonprofit management as an adjunct
professor in the School of Social Work. He also has a master’s degree in nonprofit
management from Washington University in St. Louis.
Goedeker called his new role at Saint Louis University a “very exciting opportunity,”
one that will give him the chance to help connect SLU’s north and south campuses,
while making Midtown St. Louis a premier destination for students, faculty, staff,
homeowners, business owners and visitors.
“I was born and raised in the City of St. Louis, and I have been passionate about
working to improve the city since I was a teenager,” Goedeker said. “I believe this
midtown redevelopment effort has tremendous potential, and I am confident that this
area will look very different in just five short years.”
In addition to helping SLU achieve one of its strategic priorities, the University’s
Jesuit mission was another draw for Goedeker, who is also a graduate of Saint Louis
University High School.
“To me, ‘living for others’ has meant helping make communities safer and more productive
for every citizen,” he said. “As SLU embarks on its 200-year anniversary, what better
way to show that the University is as relevant and innovative as ever than by working
to improve the communities around it.”
Goedeker’s efforts to improve St. Louis haven’t gone unnoticed. When St. Louis Mayor
Francis Slay announced last year that he would not seek a fifth term, St. Louis Public
Radio asked listeners who they thought should succeed him. Goedeker was among the
names they put forth, with a listener describing him as “… one of the most responsible
and caring persons I have ever met. He is a critical thinker with a superb ability
to connect people and lead them to accomplish amazing things…”