Hoboken Business Alliance Announces New Executive Director and District Director

The Hoboken Business Alliance announced a new executive director and district manager earlier today, bringing in Steven Welliver and Natalie Chape to fill these respective roles.

Steven Welliver, new executive director of Hoboken Business Alliance. Photo via schwarzenegger.usc.edu.

By John Heinis / Hudson County See

“Hoboken’s strong sense of community and its unique blend of urban character and small town charm provide an incredible foundation for growth. I am delighted to partner with Hoboken commercial and business property owners and community leaders to help revitalize the local Hoboken economy, ”Welliver said in a statement.

Welliver is moving to Hoboken from Los Angeles, where he has worked for the Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.Business Improvement District since 2013, as an Assistant General Manager.

He takes the reins of the HBA leadership from Stuart Kopperweis who, through his firm Economic Development Strategists, helped establish and manage the HBA during its first two years of operation.

As for Chape, she began her work as a consultant for the HBA in 2018 with economic development strategists.

She was instrumental in the formation process of the HBA, which led to its inception in 2020, and has since provided district management services to the HBA.

The HBA hired Cleveland-based executive search firm Waverly Partners in the spring of 2021 to conduct a nationwide search for an executive director.

Waverly is a leading search firm for senior positions in economic development organizations and chambers of commerce, and is the only firm to receive the distinction as a preferred provider of executive search services from of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

“The HBA was founded on the basic principles of creating organized advocacy for our local owners of commercial properties and businesses, and to invest in and develop the economy of Hoboken,” added the president of HBA, Gregory Dell’Aquila.

“After two successful founding years, laying the groundwork and supporting our businesses through the challenges of operating during a pandemic, bringing Steven and Natalie on board now sets us on the path to great success.”

He also thanked Kopperweis for all he has done for the organization.

“We wanted to find the best person who would bring the right experience and the right energy to take Hoboken’s local economy to the next level,” said Tiffanie Fisher, City Councilor for Hoboken 2nd Ward, founding council member of HBA and president of the research committee.

“Steven stood out from the crowd of experienced candidates Waverly recruited; it brings the exact experience Hoboken needs. I am delighted that the next chapter of the HBA will be under the leadership of Steven.

Daniel E. Murphy