Susan Flood has been named as the new executive director of the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA). Flood is a longtime Beverly/Morgan Park resident and active community volunteer with expertise in business development, non-profit management and strategic planning.

Flood spent 10 years in development at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls where she spearheaded many successful programs, including the “Mercy Home Heroes” Chicago Marathon Team program and Legacy of Learning, an endowment campaign that raised money for the education of Mercy Home’s you in perpetuity. She continues to serve on Mercy Home’s Leader Council, a women’s board that funds the home through the Graduates Luncheon, held in the spring.

Flood also helped organize the first Beverly Hills Cycling Classic, volunteered with the Ridge Running 1010 training program and served on the Family and School Association at Christ the King Elementary School.

Margot Burke Holland, who recently completed her three-year commitment as BAPA executive director, has moved into the newly created position of BAPA program director. In that role, Holland will focus on developing and enhancing programs that fulfill BAPA’s mission in the areas of supporting local schools, small businesses, community safety, beautification and quality of life.