James B. O'Brien, vice president and resident manager of the commercial leasing firm Coldwell Banker, has been named executive director of the Enterprise Foundation, a nonprofit corporation established by Washington developer James W. Rouse to help renovate slum housing in cities around the country.
O'Brien said the foundation has passed the halfway point in its drive to raise $15 million this year to support the purchase and renovation of slum buildings. O'Brien will also be involved with the Enterprise Development Co., the real estate development company that will pour its profits back into the foundation.
O'Brien said the foundation will attempt to follow closely the efforts of Jubilee Housing Inc., a nonprofit group in Adams-Morgan, which has rehabilitated apartment buildings in the neighborhood and set up a health clinic and job placement center there. O'Brien has served as a volunteer for Jubilee and is a member of its board of directors.
"The intent of the Enterprise Foundation is that it will be a multi-faceted approach in various neighborhoods, getting into jobs, new businesses, health and specialized education," O'Brien said. "We will try to replicate Jubilee elsewhere around the country, in Denver, Oakland, Baltimore, Pittsburgh. We've already gotten started."
O'Brien will start his new job later this month.
Fairchild Industries announced recently that James R. Wilson will return to the corporation as chief financial officer, succeeding George S. Attridge, who has been named vice president of operations.
Wilson left Fairchild in 1980 as senior vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer. He has been senior vice president and chief financial officer with Wickes Cos. Inc. since that time.
Attridge has been with Fairchild since 1949. He was named chief financial officer in 1980.