Dr. Charles A. Curtis, chairman of the board of directors of Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI), recently announced the appointment of Derek E. Broomes as the president and chief executive officer of HCCI, effective Dec. 14, 2011.

Curtis stated, “Derek Broomes is a gifted manager who has proven his effectiveness to HCCI. For nine years, Broomes diligently served HCCI as our chief financial officer, and we are happy to reward his commitment with this promotion. His leadership will strengthen HCCI and will continue its ability to work with community groups, agencies and our interfaith leaders.”

Broomes will manage the work of the interfaith, not-for-profit community development corporation that has a membership of congregations. HCCI was formed in 1986 and is committed to the revitalization of the Harlem community, physically, economically, culturally and spiritually. It is dedicated to improving housing through the development of low and moderate-income housing and delivers health and human services to upper Manhattan residents.

HCCI has developed more than 2,300 units of affordable housing and market-rate apartments and 113 commercial stores. Earlier this month, HCCI opened Harlem’s first LEED gold-certified building, Dr. Muriel Petioni Plaza, named in honor of its recently deceased board member.

In 2011, Broomes was appointed interim president and CEO of the organization. He was previously chief financial officer of HCCI.

In 1995, he was appointed chief financial officer of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation. Responsible for administering $110 million in economic development programs and small business initiatives for the Bronx, he is credited with developing the organizational and financial structure for the Bronx Empowerment Zone.

A former deputy commissioner and chief contracting officer for the New York Human Resources Administration, Broomes was responsible for administering the agency’s $3.4 billion procurement budget. He also held the position of inspector general with the New York City Department of Investigation.

Broomes is a graduate of the University of London in financial economics. He completed post-graduate work for a doctoral degree in economics and finance from the Graduate School of the City University of New York and holds a M.Sc./CPA in public accounting and finance. He is a Bronx resident.