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For Immediate Release: June 8, 2015
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager 941-954-2613



Sarasota, FL: Doug Logan, a Sarasota County resident and decorated Vietnam veteran with extensive private sector leadership and business management experience, was selected to become the City’s Director of Special Initiatives on Chronic Homeless.  He began work on this challenging new assignment today, Monday, June 8.


“Many high quality candidates applied for this position,” said City Manager Tom Barwin.  “What stands out with Doug Logan is his respected leadership and experience.  He is a strategic thinker, capable of organizing major initiatives. Doug has successfully organized six major start-up initiatives in his career, and he will bring a broad range of start-up experience to this new initiative,” said Mr. Barwin.  “Doug also is a successful national and international business leader with wide-ranging experiences in the private and public sectors that are relevant to the chronic homeless issue.  He’s also a veteran who was awarded two Bronze stars during Vietnam.  Doug is a compassionate person with a desire to help, and I believe he will approach this challenging homeless issue with a fresh perspective,” said Mr. Barwin.


Mr. Logan has an extensive background in sports and entertainment management on the national and international stage leading large corporations and small businesses.  He launched Major League Soccer in the United States, where he served as the MLS Commissioner, President and Chief Executive Officer with over 120 employees and an annual budget of $90 million.  He was the Chief Executive Officer and General Secretary for USA Track & Field, Inc., the national governing body for all Olympic related track and field events.  In the mid-1990s, he managed the largest live entertainment company in Mexico with 500 employees and an annual operating budget of $55 million (U.S. dollars). He also was responsible for managing over 55 sports and entertainment venues in five countries including the Forum in Los Angeles, and the Target Center in Minneapolis.  Mr. Logan’s resume and application are available for review.


“I’m not a social worker and I’m not looking for a career,” said Mr. Logan.  “I care about the Sarasota community and the state of the chronic homeless.  Homelessness is a mean, ugly and complex problem.  I look forward to working with the City Manager and community – faith based organizations, nonprofits, and philanthropists – to implement the City’s 8-point action plan.  I have a record of positive achievement under difficult and controversial conditions.  And, I look forward to using my talents and energies to achieve measurable results with the homeless.  Quite honestly, I hope I work myself out of a job,” said Mr. Logan.


In April, the City Commission unanimously approved an 8-point action plan to better address the chronic homeless.  The first action item is to hire a Director of Special Initiatives on Chronic Homeless.  The seven other action items include:


  • * Organize and resource a Housing First program
  • * Plan and develop a street diversion, navigation center – transitional housing
  • * Double mental health beds in Sarasota County within two years
  • * Establish a countywide low income/affordable housing collaborative within one year with a mission to build 100 low cost units in Sarasota County per year over a five year period
  • * Explore additional funding options for chronically homeless programs for ballot consideration in the next countywide election
  • * Obtain authorization for Homeless Outreach Teams to access Homeless Management Information System
  • * Develop homeless information and community responsibility cards for distribution


The Director of Special Initiatives on Chronic Homeless will be responsible for implementing the 8-point action plan.


Mr. Logan, who is bilingual in Spanish, currently lives in Sarasota County and teaches undergraduate and graduate classes at New York University.  He is taking an indefinite leave of absence at NYU.


He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1966.  He was awarded two Bronze Stars for heroism in combat.  


Mr. Logan will be available for one-on-one media interviews.  To set up an interview please contact Jan Thornburg, Senior Communications Manager:  941-954-2613.


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