FreshDirect, a leading online fresh food grocer, announced today that it has named Harlemite Larry Scott Blackmon Vice President, Community and Government Affairs. In this role, Blackmon will lead the company’s community and governmental interactions, expanding current partnerships and cultivating new relationships. He will report to Mike Brizel, Executive Vice President & General Counsel.
“As FreshDirect continues to grow in the New York marketplace and beyond, it is important that we deepen and strengthen our relationships in the communities we serve, and Larry is the right person to lead this effort,” said Brizel. “In particular, as we begin the process of moving to our new location in the Bronx, Larry will be focused on expanding our involvement in the borough that we are excited to soon call our home.”
Blackmon’s work will build on FreshDirect’s existing community and charitable partnerships across a variety of issues including fighting hunger, nutrition education and career development. Current partners include Food Bank for New York City, City Harvest, Philabundance, RED, Food Fight, Drills Build Skills, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations and Fedcap, among many others.
“FreshDirect is committed to being a great community partner, and has already taken important steps to develop meaningful relationships in the areas it serves,” said Blackmon. “I look forward to joining the company at this exciting time of growth and working closely with local officials and organizations to develop new opportunities to give back, get involved, and forge even deeper relationships in the communities we serve.”
Blackmon brings over 15 years of public service, community development and government experience to FreshDirect. He joins from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation where he served as the Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach.
Prior to the Parks Department, Blackmon served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Commissioner for Intergovernmental Affairs at New York City Department of Small Business Services. He also worked for the New York Jets of the National Football League where he served as the Senior Manager for Public Affairs.
Blackmon has worked with a number of New York City’s elected officials, including serving in the administration of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Additionally, Blackmon has worked with former Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, former City Council Speakers Christine Quinn and Gifford Miller and former City Council Member Kathryn Freed. He has also worked with many federal and state representatives, including U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel, U.S. Congressman Gregory Meeks and New York State Assembly Member and State Democratic Party Co-Chair Keith L.T. Wright.